Remove Chewing Gum With Mounting Putty - It Worked For Me
Below I've compiled a couple of tips from readers who showed me there's another way to remove chewing gum from surfaces, from clothes and more.
You'll notice they had slightly different ways of going about it, but they had something in common -- they both fought the sticky gum with something else sticky.
First, here's Jean, from Illinois, sharing her tips for how she removed it from clothing, wood, and car upholstery.
I'm not sure this would work for everything, but recently, after going to a movie theater, I found out I had gum on the back of my pants.
I had already sat in a wooden rocking chair and a plastic-covered folding chair at home, and also in my fabric-upholstered car seat driving home.
I removed the gum from the plastic chair with no problem using a paper towel and water, but it was more difficult to remove from the other items.
My husband tried putting ice on the car seat without luck. Then I thought about using blue mounting putty to pull up the gum, just as when you remove the mounting putty itself.
He tried this on the car seat and the wooden rocking chair with great results, then we used it on the back of my pants, also with great results.
There was some sort of discoloration on the car seat where
the gum had been, but it was hardly visible.
I think this could be used on any hard surface and many fabric surfaces. I'm not sure how well it would work on a carpet or hair, but I think it would help in many cases.
Wow Jean, thanks for this great tip about how to remove chewing gum from many different surfaces. I just hate it when people just throw their gum out, left carelessly in the street, or in a movie theater. It can make a big mess really quickly.
For the stain left on the car upholstery, perhaps you should try an auto upholstery cleaner to see if you can get rid of that, but sometimes if something isn't very noticeable it is best just to leave well enough alone.
I don't know that I would have thought of using mounting putty, but once you said it, it makes a lot of sense. It is basically a do it yourself chewing gum remover. I would love to hear from other readers, sharing if this tip has worked for them, and on what surfaces it was successful in removing the gum.
Nichole also shared a method for gum removal using the idea of fighting the sticky stuff with something else sticky.
I used this with a pair of blue jeans.
Take a strip of duct tape and put it across the gum stain.
Pull it off and repeat until the tape loses its stickiness.
Repeat with a new piece of tape until the gum is gone.
To my surprise this worked.
Thanks for sharing this suggestion Nichole.
As you can see, at least one other reader has had success pulling the sticky gum off items using something else sticky.
I'd love to hear from even more people who have suggestions for removing chewing gum from items. If you've got your own tip or trick that has worked for you, you can share it here, or read lots of other tips that have already been submitted.
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