Seattle’s ‘Germy’ Gum Wall To Get A Deep Cleaning

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It has 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.


Over 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.


Now the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority has hired a contractor to relieve the sticky situation.


The job 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.


Although 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.


The job 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.


A 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.

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