Chewing gum remains to be one of the most favorite candies for most people, young and old. Accidentally stepping on gum is however one of the most irritating feelings, especially when wearing your most treasured shoes.
In this article, we will go through several hacks that can be used to get gum off shoes that are not all interchangeable. The choice of methods depends on the material, type of shoe as well as the part of shoe affected by the gum.
We will explore simple Do-It-Yourself methods, you can follow these methods and get rid of the stubborn gum stains without the need of consulting your Cobbler.
Some of these hacks entail the use of simple home-found materials or ingredients such as ice or peanut butter to used to get rid of gum on shoes without breaking bank.
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How to get Chewing Gum Off Shoelaces
#1. Peanut-Butter and Laundry Detergent Method
- Rub some peanut butter on the shoelaces and let it soak into the fibres.
- Let the laces soak for about 15 minutes for the gum to soften.
- You can then scrape off the gum and soak the shoelaces in warm water with laundry detergent.
- Use a soft brush to scrub the laces then rinse off with clean water.
#2. WD-40 Method
- Dissolve the gum by spraying it with WD-40.
- Leave it for at least 10 minutes before wiping off the excess WD-40 together with the gum with a piece of cloth or paper towel.
- You could also freeze the gum with compressed Air which hardens it making it easy to pull off.
- Wrap your shoelaces in a plastic bag and press the stained area against the bag.
- Put the bag in the freezer for one to two hours to harden the gum.
- The gum will then be easily left on the plastic bag as you remove the laces.
- Scrap off any remaining particles
#4. Ice Cubes
If you are in a rush, try this quick fix method to get gum off shoe laces.
- Rub some ice over the gum for at least 10 minutes to harden it.
- Then quickly scrape it off with a blunt tool.
How to get Chewing Gum off Shoe Fabric
Removing gum from your shoe fabric should be easy with just a few steps, from any of hacks below.
#1. Using Solvents
WD40 is the most common solvent used to dissolve gum, but if unavailable, Acetone can be used. Acetone is an active ingredient used in nail polish removers.
Simply wet a piece of fabric with Acetone and rub on the gum continuously.
Acetone is, however flammable and produces fumes hence not safe for indoor use. It may also ruin suede and patent (coated leather) shoes.
- Wrap the shoe in a plastic bag and freeze it for like an hour, or until the gum hardens.
- Use a spatula, plastic or stick to scrape off the gum from your shoe fabric. Take note that scraping too hard may damage the shoe.
- Any remaining pieces of gum can be removed with liquid dishwashing soap or vinegar. Sponge the area with the soap or vinegar solution and wait for 10 minutes then wipe off with a clean cloth.
- You can repeat this if necessary to acquire a clean gum-free shoe surface, then finally air-dry the shoes.
How to get Chewing Gum Off Bottom of Shoes/ Shoe Soles
#1. Compressed Air
- Spray WD-40 directly on the sole of the shoe, on and around the gum and leave it for at least one minute. (This will loosen the gums adhesive bond.)
- Use a piece of cloth to wipe off the gum and clean the shoe.
#2. Peanut Butter
- Rub two tablespoons of peanut butter over the gum.
- Wait for about 10 minutes for the gum to soften and mix with the peanut butter.
- You can then scrape the whole mixture and clean up the shoe sole using a bristle brush with soap and water.
- Wrap the shoe in a plastic bag with the gum pressed tightly against the plastic.
- Place it in the freezer and leave the gum to harden for about 2 hours.
- When the gum is well dried, pulling the plastic from the shoe peels off the gum.
- Any pieces of remnant gum can be easily removed with a stick or spoon.