Removing Gum from Clothing using a Stain Remover
Many spray-type commercial stain treatments contain petroleum solvents which break down grease, wax and oil. They are often used successfully for removing gum from clothing. The solvents help to break down the polymers holding the gum to the fabric. Brand names include Shout and Spray-n-Wash. They can easily be found at most grocery stores.
What You Will Need Before You Start:
- Paper towels
- Solvent-based stain remover
If gum remains in the fabric after freezing and chipping away, you may sponge it with a solvent-based stain remover to completely remove it. If working on color fabric, start by checking for color fastness by applying a small amount of the remover in the inside of a hem. If the color is unaffected after five minutes, the stain remover is safe for the fabric.
- Fold several paper towels together to create a thick pad.
- Place the stained garment gum-side-down over the paper towels.
- Pour a small amount of the stain remover over the gum stain. The goal is to concentrate the remover just to the gum.
- Allow to rest for five minutes.
- Turn the fabric over and repeat steps 3 and 4.
- Use a dry paper towel to gently lift the gum from the fabric. Work carefully to avoid pushing the gum further into the fabric.
- Re-apply the stain remover and blot until the gum is completely removed.
Once the gum is removed, you should allow the garment to dry. Then wash using the hottest water safe for the clothing.
The successful removal of gum from clothing often requires removing small pieces of gum at a time. The amount of time required and the ease of removal depends on many factors, including how deeply the gum worked into the fabric, the type of fabric and the type of chewing gum. In most cases, continuing to work the gum out of the fabric eventually results in gum-free clothing.