How to Remove Gum from Concrete and Buildings. Innovations Makes it Easy!
Nearly everyone can agree how unsightly the appearance of dried gum can be on a sidewalk, street, or building. Believe it or not, sun-exposed gum on concrete surfaces also paves the way for a host of issues that not only affect structures but people as well. To top all of this off, gum is notoriously hard to remove, its chemical structure adhering with ease and baking into floors and walls with exposure to the elements.
How, then, does a property owner take care of an issue like gum removal. Many companies offer procedures that claim to help remove unwanted blemishes on concrete and other surfaces, but careful steps need to be taken to ensure no harm is done to the original structures. An improper combination of heat and pressure can cause stains to remain after the gum has been removed, or worse, change the composition of the underlying surface. Innovations Carpet and Tile Cleaning, however, offers years of experience in commercial gum removal and surface cleaning, ensuring a custom fit job no matter how severe the issue. In this article, we will discuss some of the risks associated with gum adhesion, as well as best practices for removal and cleaning with the experts at Innovations.
A Sticky Situation
Chewing gum’s unique chemical properties are the reason why it’s such a pain to clean from surfaces. Natural gum base is what’s called a “polymer,” which is a type of material found in plastics and rubber. These complex molecules don’t break down easily when exposed to the elements, and instead settle on their adhered surface. Over time, a combination of sun and weather exposure, foot traffic, and dirt sticking to the gum causes the spot to become black and sooty. This is why city streets all over the world can be found with oddly sized and shaped black spots in pedestrian areas.
Not Just Littering
In addition to looking unsightly, gum on the sidewalk, streets, and building surfaces presents a host of other issues. For starters, spitting gum on the ground is, in a sense, a kind of littering. 80-90% of chewing gum is non-biodegradable, putting animals nearby that may eat the chewed gum before it settles at risk (after all, you can’t digest gum either, and the animals that will try to eat it are often much smaller than you.) Additionally, because gum is chewed in the mouth, discarded gum can contain a multitude of bacteria that can easily spread with those who come into contact with it. Visitors to your place of business may find themselves frustrated by stepping in the gum outside as well, leading to complaints and potentially slower business traffic. Lastly, and most importantly, long sitting gum can stain or erode concrete or stone surfaces its adhered to, leading to permanent markings even after gum is removed.