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How to get gum off furniture

How to get gum off furniture

The best way to get gum off furniture is to wrap an ice cube in a clean paper towel. Hold the ice cube against the gum for about 20-30 seconds to freeze it solid. Lightly pry the frozen gum off the sofa with a butter knife or spoon. Make sure you aren't scraping the gum into the fabric. Examine the couch for leftover gum stains. Repeat the process as necessary. If the gum is stuck into your fabric, it's best to have an upholstery cleaning professional remove it to avoid damaging your cushions. Consider these other methods as well. 

How to get gum off furniture #1

Step 1.) Grab a plastic bag that seals and put a couple pieces of ice in it

Step 2.) Place the bag of ice on the gum for a few minutes or until it hardens

Step 3.) Pry the gum with a dull object making sure you aren’t stabbing through or damaging the fabric

Step 4.) Use a fabric specific cleaning solution to remove the remaining gum. Each fabric has their own cleaning instructions and you should consult your furniture manufacturer or an upholstery cleaning professional on how to clean your specific fabric.

Step 5.) Enjoy your furniture as it was intended to be, without the sticky mess


How to get gum off furniture #2

This is another way for you to get the gum off your upholstery fabric. If the cushion casing is removable and you somehow got gum on it, follow these directions.

Step 1.) Remove the casing and find a spot in the freezer for the casing. This is an alternative to the ice method and can fully freeze the gum.

Step 2.) Keep the casing in the freezer until the gum has completely hardened and then remove it from the freezer

Step 3.) With a dull knife or spoon, pry the hardened gum off the fabric.

Step 4.) Use your fabric specific cleaning solution if any gum stains remain. Remember that your fabric has a specific cleaning solution for removing stains. Contact the furniture store or fabric manufacturer to find out what that is.

Step 5.) Enjoy your furniture with no more gum stains

How to get gum off furniture #3

If you don’t have any ice or your freezer is full, use this method to remove gum from your upholstery fabric.

Step 1.) Try to remove as much gum as soon as possible with a spoon.

Step 2.) Use a can of compressed air and spray it directly on the gum. The air will harden and freeze the gum.

Step 3.) Break off the hardened gum. Have a couple paper towels handy because the gum might shatter into little pieces.

Step 4.) Using a vacuum, suck up any remaining pieces. Be sure not to use a brush attachment at the risk of damaging your fabric.

Step 5.) Use your fabric specific cleaning solution in order to remove any stains that might have occurred. Contact your furniture manufacturer or fabric supplier with proper instructions on how to clean your furniture fabric with a cleaning solution.

Call an upholstery cleaning professional for extreme messes

If you are super scared to clean your furniture after its gotten gum on it or you’ve tried and can’t seem to get the gum off, call an upholstery cleaning professional near you. These professionals know how to properly clean just about every furniture fabric you can throw at them. Yes, this is a more costly solution however it may be the best for making your furniture look as good as new. Thanks for reading - David

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addison - October 27, 2023

thank you so much for the great different tips! my kids have found a new love for gum and ask for it almost every 15 minutes – it’s rather annoying but it keeps them quiet! I have found that our youngest thinks that the couch cushions are a great place to wedge his pieces of gum instead of the trash can… luckily I had an appointment with our professional carpet cleaning team scheduled and they were able to help our greatly! Your tips helped get a BIG portion of the gum removed! Thank you!!!!

Harry Green - November 21, 2022

Thank you for several remedies to remove gum from furniture, beginning with ice. We very much appreciate your assistance. Best wishes, Harry

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