Dropping chewing gum on the ground is littering.

But that does not stop thousands of people across Scotland doing it every day. It may be a tasty choice that helps to refresh your breath but chewing gum can cause havoc with floors both inside and outside. Chewing gum stuck to a pavement is a big cleaning challenge and it can be difficult to remove chewing gum. It can easily set rock hard, mixing with many of the other things that so often get spilled on the street pavements including cigarette ash, sugary drinks and daily grime and dirt. Such is the issue with chewing gum littering that many parks ban the sale of it on their premises. Chewing gum is a massive problem in public places, car parks, parks and outside commercial premises and the regular cleaning of these locations is a must to ensure that the problem is controlled.

How to remove chewing gum

There are different ways to clean chewing gum from the floor. Pressure washing is an obvious solution but it is an impact cleaning solution that can damage the underlying material and should never be used on sandstone and other delicate stonework. At Balmore, we have a wide selection of cleaning technology that we can call upon for specialist cleaning needs. Our TORC Blasting technology works through the generation of a low pressure vortex mixture of air, water and a safe/inert fine granulate. This gentle swirling vortex can then be directed through either a large or small nozzle appliance cone which allows for accurate stonework cleaning, detailing and a large area coverage. The granulate can then be used to break apart the chewing gum.

We can also use Dry Ice blasting. Dry Ice Blast Cleaning is an exciting cleaning technology that uses controlled and precise cleaning that uses frozen carbon dioxide pellets to remove scales and contaminants from surfaces.

It is an environmentally friendly cleaning system that is perfect for removing metal corrosion and rust from metal, lifting thick oil based paint from stonework and cleaning carbon, salt, algae and pollution staining from buildings.

This non-waste cleaning method can be used in many different industries across the UK and because the 3mm carbon dioxide dry ice pellets return to a gas state upon impact with the cleaning surface, they leave no residue. This offers an invaluable benefit for cleaning services that need to contain any pollutant excess that is removed from the source material and also in the environments that the system can be used in.

And finally we have softwashing. Softwashing is an eco-friendly cleaning method on surfaces that provides proven cleaning result. It can be used on multiple surfaces ranging from roughcasting walls, driveways, steps, roofing and more. The softwashing system is a delicate method of cleaning that will not damage the cleaning surfaces; something that can commonly happen with high pressure washing. Our softwashing system uses DOFF Steam Cleaning technology and its super heated steam at a controlled pressure to offer a powerful cleaning system that is still delicate on the cleaning surfaces. It can be used for everything ranging from paint and graffiti removal to stonework cleaning.