Stepping in gum has got to be one of the most unpleasant sensations in the world, and when those shoes are new and expensive it is easy to despair. Do not worry, however, because there are some tried and true methods for removing even the most set in gum from your favorite pair of pumps, sandals, or sneakers.
So, how do you remove chewing gum from shoes? The best ways to remove chewing gum from shoes is by either freezing the chewing gum or spraying it with an appropriate lubricant, such as WD-40, before peeling it off.
Let us now explore each one of these methods further so you know exactly what to do!
Method #1 – The Freezer Method
Freezing chewing gum is one of the most effective methods of gum removal.
When using this method, the first step is to decide whether or not to attempt to remove any of the gum before getting started.
If the gum is to be removed, be sure to use a dull knife to carefully scrape it away in order to prevent damaging your expensive shoes.
The next step is to take off the shoe and place it in a large food storage bag or a plastic grocery bag.
Firmly press the area with the gum into the plastic on the bag and clear out a spot in the freezer big enough for the shoe.
Place the bag in the freezer and allow the gum to freeze. You will need to leave the bag and the shoe in the freezer for at least an hour to give the gum time to harden completely.
After the gum has frozen, remove the bag from the freezer and pull the bag apart from the shoe.
The gum should stick to the plastic bag or storage container, leaving your shoe gum-free once again.
Method #2 – The Bag Method
As with method #1, first, decide if any of the gum can be removed first.
After any excess gum has been removed, gather a plastic bag and some ice cubes, then place the ice cubes and the shoe into the bag.
Be careful not to let the ice touch the shoe anywhere except the sole. Press the ice on to the chewing gum until it freezes.
Then use a putty knife or butter knife to carefully scrape the chewing gum from the shoe, making sure to move the knife slowly and carefully to avoid any damage to the shoe itself.
Method #3 – The Spray Method
In order to use this method, you will need to have a can of WD-40 on hand.
If you do not have WD-40 at home buy a can on your way home to try this method of gum removal.
Take the can of WD-40 and spray the part of the shoe where the gum has adhered.
Allow it to set for at least a minute, then use a rag or a paper towel to wipe away the gum and the oil from the shoe.
Use a paper towel or a clean rag to wipe the shoe again to ensure that any residue is gone.
So there you have it; 3 simple and effortless methods to remove gum from your shoes!
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