How Do You Remove Chewing Gum From Upholstery?

One of the most common methods of removing chewing gum from upholstery involves freezing the chewing gum before scraping it off from the fabric. Specialized cleaning solutions are also available, such those sold as aerosol sprays. Some of these chewing gum sprays also freeze the gum for easy removal.

The following steps can remove chewing gum from upholstery fabric.

  1. Remove excess gum
  2. Remove as much of the chewing gum as possible. Take extra care not to spread the gum onto the other areas of the upholstery.

  3. Freeze the gum
  4. Put ice cubes in a Ziploc bag. Wipe the outside of the bag to avoid wetting the chewing gum. Rub the ice in the bag directly onto the chewing gum. Keep rubbing until it has become solid.

  5. Scrape off gently
  6. If done correctly, rubbing the ice bag over the chewing gum will make the gum brittle. Pick the gum off the fabric in pieces. Once only very small pieces remain, try to vacuum it off the upholstery.

Alternatively, use a dry clean solvent on the chewing gum if it is available. Wet a small portion of a clean cloth with dry cleaning solvent and apply it on the chewing gum. Blot out the solvent using a dry piece of cloth. Repeat the process as needed.