How to remove chewing gum from fabric
Put it in the freezer
Surprisingly, it is much easier to remove the sticky substance from clothes when they are frozen. Attempting to remove a piece of freshly chewed gum only creates it and smears it around the fabric. Here are some easy steps to follow:
1. Fold the garment with the gum upwards before placing it in a ziplock bag. Make a conscious effort to keep the gum from sticking to the bag before sealing it.
2. Place in the freezer for approximately 3 to 4 hours, or until the gum has solidified. Remember, the harder the eraser, the easier it will be to remove.
3. For the removal process, you need to work quickly before the gum starts to melt and soften. Using a butter knife, gently lift the gum tissue and avoid scraping movements which could damage the garment.
4. Finally, spray fabric stain remover on the area and rub it in gently before tossing it in the wash on a hot water cycle and the stain will come off right away!
Soak in vinegar
While there are many ways you can use this staple for cleaning the house, have you ever thought that it could remove gum as well?
1. Vinegar is most effective when heated. Heat a small amount on the stovetop but make sure it does not boil.
2. Pour a small amount of vinegar on the gum tissue and let it soak in the tissue for one minute.
3. Using an old toothbrush, scrub the edges. Keep in mind that you are trying to loosen the gum tissue from the cloth.
4. Repeat the process several times and reheat the vinegar if it cools.
6. Once the gum is removed, machine wash the garment and use fabric softener if unpleasant odors persist.
Spray hair spray
That bottle of hairspray in your bathroom isn’t just for styling your mane. If you don’t have a freezer, the hair spray works the same as the freezing method and hardens the gum.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you jump into spraying:
1. First, you will need a piece of heavy cardboard to place over your gum covered items. Make a small cutout in the cardboard to expose the eraser. The incision must be made in order to avoid any lacquer deposit on the tissue while allowing it to come into contact with certain parts of the chewing gum.
2. Hold the can about 15 cm from the gum line and spray for 30 to 60 seconds.
3. Using a butter knife, gently remove the eraser by lifting it upward. Typically, it will break piece by piece, so you will likely need to re-spray the gum when you come across any sticky pieces that haven’t hardened.
4. Once the gum has been removed, apply a stain remover to the area and let it sit for a few minutes. Lightly rub the garment to remove the stain before putting it in the washer.
For stubborn parts that won’t budge, try using more than one of these methods. However, the rule of thumb for removing gums is to act quickly to make the whole process easier.
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