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Gum Stain on Leather

By Dr. Laundry April 6, 2012

Q:  How can I get gum out of a leather sofa?

A:  The most effective way to remove gum from just about anything is to use ice cubes to freeze the gum, and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks with a dull knife.  Just put the ice directly onto the gum.  As you are waiting for the gum to harden, the ice will melt as you hold it there so plan on using multiple ice cubes.  It would also be good to hold a towel nearby to absorb water that collects or drips away.  Be sure to freeze the gum long enough, so you don’t scratch your sofa!  When it’s thoroughly frozen, the gum will scrape away easily.