How Do You Get Chewing Gum Off Leather?

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Remove chewing gum from leather by applying soap suds to the gum, scraping the gum off of the material, drying the leather and applying a leather cleaner. You need detergent, water, a sponge, a clean cloth and leather cleaner. Removing the chewing gum should take less than 30 minutes.

  1. Remove as much gum as possible

    Scrape off and dispose of any loose gum, being careful not to harm the leather.

  2. Isolate the affected area

    Fold the leather back so that only the affected area is visible. Avoid treating any areas not affected by the chewing gum.

  3. Create soap suds

    Pour warm water and detergent into a bowl. Swish the water and detergent around to create soap suds.

  4. Apply the soap suds to the leather

    Gather a small amount of the suds sitting on top of the water, and apply it to the chewing gum on the leather.

  5. Scrub the leather

    Use the sponge to scrub the suds into the chewing gum and affected leather. Continue to scrub until all the chewing gum is removed.

  6. Dry the leather

    Wipe the leather with a clean cloth, and allow the leather to air dry.

  7. Apply a leather cleaner

    Rub leather cleaner onto the affected area to restore suppleness to the leather.