Chewing Gum Stain Removal Solutions
This is your step by step guide to chewing gum stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.
Chewing gum and blowing bubbles is enjoyable. However, gum stains are not. Use the following advice to get yourself out of sticky situations with chewing gum.
Below are solutions on how to remove gum stains from clothes & fabrics and removing gum stains from carpets & upholstery.
Description: A sweetened flavored preparation for chewing, usually made of chicle. The popularity of chewing gum spread during World War II, when U.S. military personal shared and traded gum with people in Europe, Asia, and Africa. It’s traditional pink color is credited to chance – the inventor had only pink coloring left, and the color has “stuck” through the years.
Gum’s sticky nature doesn’t affect only fabric – many people encounter the disastrous problem of removing chewing gum from hair. The most reliable method – aside from using scissors – involves peanut butter. Massage a small amount of peanut butter – preferably smooth, though chunky will work – into the gum until it is loose enough to remove. Then you must battle the peanut butter in your hair.
The need to remove gum stains from clothes, carpets, and furniture does not adhere to any season. However, there is an increased chance of encountering the substance during the school year, when children are likely to try and hide gum from strict teachers and principals. Another time when the incidence of this stain may be higher is in January, when New Year’s resolutions are in place and smokers are desperate to kick the habit.
Strings of gum might stick anywhere. But removing gum stains from shoes, the seats of pants, chairs, and other upholstered furniture is most common. No parts of pants, fronts of shirts, dresses and school uniforms are safe. Gum can also be found on bed sheets and pillow cases if you fall asleep with gum in your mouth.
Chewing Gum Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics
1. Put the garment in a plastic bag in the freezer.
2. When frozen, scrape off the hard gum with a dull knife.
3. You can also soak the garment in white vinegar, or rub the gum with egg white before washing.
1. Hold the gummed area over a steaming kettle (watch your fingers) until the gum softens enough to pull off carefully.
2. Remove any remaining gum with a little white spirit on a clean cloth.
Chewing Gum Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery
1. Sponge with a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent.
2. Then sponge with mild detergent (1 teaspoon neutral detergent – that is, no alkalis or bleaches – in 1 cup lukewarm water).
1. Sponge with eucalyptus oil, then use a knife to peel away the gum.
2. Or, place some ice in a cloth and leave it resting against the chewing gum until the gum is quite hard.
3. Scrape the gum away using a knife and finish off the job with a little eucalyptus oil.
Have you reached chewing gum stain removal success? I hope so!
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