Getting "Goo Gone" Out of a Carpet

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Goo Gone works well for removing gum and lipstick from your carpeting, but can leave a residue.
Goo Gone works well for removing gum and lipstick from your carpeting, but can leave a residue. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Whether you’ve just finished using Goo Gone to remove something from your carpet, or have -- oops -- accidentally spilled Goo Gone, the oily residue it leaves behind can be annoying. After all, it’s designed to solve problems such as gum and half-chewed candy, not be the problem itself. In either case, it will take a little elbow grease to make the Goo Gone vanish without a trace from your carpeting.

Press a paper towel over the Goo Gone-soaked area to soak up as much of the Goo Gone as possible. Use several more paper towels, if necessary. Continue until no more liquid comes up.

Combine a dime-sized amount of dish soap with warm water in a bowl. Dip the rag into the bowl and wring it out. Scrub the area with soapy water until the Goo Gone residue has been removed.

Pour a cup filled with water over the area to rinse out the soap. Repeat if soap bubbles still remain.

Blot the carpet with two or three more paper towels until the spot is damp. Allow the carpeting to air dry for four to five hours.

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