Chewing gum is one of those contemporary lifestyle habits that has been accepted, and practiced rapidly and widely over the last hundred years. Today, there are as many as 30 large and small companies manufacturing gum in the US. The annual sales amount to USD 2 billion, while the industry itself is worth 19 billion. As much as 1.74 trillion sticks of gum or nearly 100,000 tons of gum are consumed every year in the US.
Health hazards and public nuisance
Chewing gum has been associated with various health ailments that affect brain functions such as alertness, memory, understanding and decision-making. The excess sugar content in gum can cause diabetes and heart ailments (source: https://authoritynutrition.com). Saliva secreted from chewing the gum is transported from one place to another, thereby carrying disease-causing germs.
An equally important issue is gum that is stuck, deliberately or callously, in public places all over the US, causing a big nuisance to everybody. Today, gum can be found in all these heavy traffic areas:
- Government Buildings
- Sports Arenas
- Shopping Malls
- Concert Halls
- Train Stations
- Amusement Parks
- Gas Stations
- Bowling Alleys
- Swimming Pools
- Motels & Hotels
- Apartment Complexes
Clearing gum from all these places is indeed a huge financial and operational burden on government agencies; home and business owners suffer as well a similar affliction.
Common but inadequate cleaning methods
Most janitorial services try simpler methods such as scraping, quick freezing and scraping, pouring hot water, or using strong acids on the gum residue. However, gum is quite resilient to these techniques. Furthermore, it’s made of various polymers and resins, which can react with the acids or solvents to create a new chemical.
In addition, these methods can remove only a part of the residue. Ugly black or grey stains from the gum and fragments of the residue can remain uncleaned. They stick to shoes or equipment and are transported from one place to another. At homes, offices or hotels, gum stuck to carpets, door handles and tables are unsightly; they present a poor image of your signature – your home/establishment.
Pressure washing as a better option
In recent years, pressure washing and steam cleaning have emerged as a much better and highly effective technique to remove gum. Steam cleaning blows dry steam on the gum residue at optimum pressure to dislodge the residue. Stains are then scrubbed away using environment-friendly cleaning agents.
High-pressure hot water jetting on the gum too is very effective. A small amount of water with optimum pressure ensures that the surfaces are not damaged in anyway. Here again, environment-friendly cleaning agents can be mixed in the hot water, while the stains or residue are scrubbed away using well-designed brushes. The entire procedure is completed in an hour or two at the most, leaving you with very little downtime or disruption to your business.
In recent years, do-it-yourself gum-blasters have arrived in the market. However, clumsy handling of these machines can be ineffective on the gum, counterproductive and can damage your premises. Commercial cleaning companies reputed for gum removal have the right equipment and methods; with their experienced technicians, they can do a great job.