earned the dubious distinction of being named the world’s 2nd
germiest attraction, after Ireland’s Blarney Stone. But the ‘gum wall’ at
Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market is getting a major cleaning.
the past 20 years, over a million pieces of gum have been stuck on the wall. In
some places the gum has been piled on up to 6 inches thick.
Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority has hired a contractor
to relieve the sticky situation.
will involve an "industrial steam machine that works like a pressure
washer," Kelly Foster, of Cascadian Building Maintenance, told the Seattle
Times. "This is probably the weirdest job we've done," Foster said.
the market cleans the curious tourist attraction every other month with a
steamer, this is the 1st anyone has tackled the gum's complete
removal from the original wall, the Times reports.
is expected to cost $4,000. Market officials know that avid chewers are still
likely to deposit their gum on the wall, but they're hoping the clean-up helps
contain its spread across the market's historic walls.
must-see for Seattle visitors, Pike Place Market opened more than a century ago
on August 17th, 1907. Flamboyant fishmongers are part of the
attraction. The market is also home to the flagship Starbucks location, which
opened in 1971.