Removing gum involves different processes than removing other types of stains. Unlike food or blood, which are absorbed into fabric, chewing gum adheres to fabric. The ingredient that makes gum chewy is an edible resin. Once it cures (dries) it becomes bonded to the fabric.
Gum bonds to fabric, but you can break that bond by freezing the gum. Once it hardens, you can scrape it off the surface of the fabric since the gum hasn’t entered the structure of the fabric. Keep reading to find out how to remove gum stains.
The best way to remove gum from leather is to follow the ice trick:
When it comes to cleaning suede, check the care label to find out what is recommended. If the label states “Dry clean only,” take it to the dry cleaner. But, if the label says it’s OK to clean the item with home laundering, begin with these steps:
DO use enough ice to freeze the gum. The gum could be really cold, but if it’s not frozen it won’t scrape off as easily.
DON'T scrape too hard. It can distort the fabric’s appearance. If the gum doesn’t come off easily, use more ice.