Removing Chewing Gum From Wood
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- An Ice Pack or Package of Frozen Vegetables
- Plastic Wrap
- Clean, Dry Cloths
- Credit Card
- Vegetable Oil or Baby Oil
When chewing gum comes in contact with wood, the concern is not that the sticky substance will get stuck there forever -- rather, it's that it may be impossible to remove without damaging the wood. Careful removal can get this mess off your wood with out gouging or destroying your wood's surface.
To remove chewing gum from wood:
- Allow the gum to harden as long as possible. Gum will often become hard on wood without the use of ice; however, some stickier gums may not harden on wood without freezing.
- To freeze and harden gum on wood, protect the wood from melting ice by putting a thin layer of plastic wrap over the gum, then placing the ice pack or package of frozen vegetables over the plastic wrap.
- Do not leave ice unattended on wood. Check the gum periodically for hardening, and wipe any melting ice or condensation from the ice pack or frozen vegetables with clean, dry cloths in order to prevent water damage to wood.
- When gum is hardened, remove ice and plastic wrap. Gently scrape the gum using a credit card.
- Remove any residue by soaking the residue with vegetable oil or baby oil. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth until all residue is removed. Buff the area with a cloth until no oily residue is left behind.
Chewing gum quickly loses its appeal when it becomes stuck to fabrics, carpet, or wood. Removal is easiest when you've allowed the gum to harden to that blob you often see stuck on sidewalks or the underside of school desks. But one thing's certain -- once you've had to remove chewing gum, you'll never be careless about spitting it out again!