Need Gum Gone? Chewing gum removal can be a very sticky business, whether it is on your concrete, parking lot or on the side of a building, gum eventually changes into a black smudge on your concrete. But usually before that happens, visitors and customers coming into a store or office will walk on it and get it in all over your carpets and mats. Then it’s embedded deep into the carpet fibers and into the porous surface of concrete or asphalt, just waiting for another person to step in it again, to carry it somewhere else.
We are proud to offer gum removal as one of our commercial pressure washing services in Norfolk VA. Find more information about our process below:
The best methods of removing gum from concrete depends on how long the gum has been stuck there and the level of penetration into the concrete surface. If the chewing gum was left not long ago and it hasn’t penetrated the surface, we might be able to remove it by covering it with ice until the gum freezes, then scraping the gum off with a metal putty knife.
The ice forces the chewing gum to freeze into a more forgiving consistency compared to a gooey and sticky glob. Once that happens, we slide a metal putty knife or scraper right under the gum residue. Then we move the scraper very slowly under the gum and the whole piece should peel right off of the concrete.
The above process is only possible with brand new gum.
When we remove gum that is already black, or is smashed down into the concrete surface, we use a hot water power washer with the heat dialed up to 200 Degrees to melt the gum. For this type of gum removal service, we won’t use high pressure because that could harm the surface of the concrete!
Our crew never uses more pressure than necessary to clean commercial concrete surfaces. These surfaces can be destroyed a lot easier than most people think, especially if they’re only a couple of years old. Concrete can need up to 100 years to cure. That is why we always use hot water and the least amount of pressure possible for our professional gum removal service.
To remove chewing gum from parking lots and other commercial surfaces we use custom designed hot water power washing equipment and professional-grade soaps that enable us to effectively clean the surface without resulting in any damages.
Using special 200 degree hot water power washers and low pressure, we can safely remove gum and surface dirt all while protecting the surface. Our service will also destroy bacteria and germs that sometimes found in gum.
By hiring Norfolk Pressure Washing for routine maintenance commercial cleaning at your store or office, your commercial property will have better curb appeal and all chewing gum removal issues will be dealt with! You will also ensure less damage to carpets and other flooring while also making your storefront much more welcoming to customers.
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