Cleaning tips – removing chewing gum

Chewing gum and fabric fibres tend to be great friends – once they’ve found each other they’re pretty hard to break apart. But don’t worry, we’ve found some great products and tricks that will make your task a little easier…

FREEZE – Freezing the gum causes it to turn brittle, then you can snap or scrape it off the surface. If it’s a garment or small item that’s soiled, try chucking it in the freezer for a couple of hours and the gum should break off easily. If you’re dealing with gum trodden into a carpet use an aerosol freezer spray such as Sel-Freez – you may need to repeat the ‘freeze and remove’ process to successfully eliminate the stain. We like this method because it works quickly and makes little mess.

MELT – If you want to avoid aerosols, you can use a chemical to break down the gum. First perforate the surface of the gum as much as possible to allow the chemical to penetrate – use a perforator block like this. Apply a small amount of chemical such as solvent chewing gum remover and allow it to permeate the gum – but be careful, don’t allow it to penetrate rubber carpet backings!

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