Removing gum from clothing can be a frustrating and time-consuming task, but with the right techniques and materials, it is possible to get rid of the sticky residue effectively. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to remove gum from clothes:
Freeze the gum
The first step in removing gum from clothing is to freeze it. This will make the gum stiff and easier to remove. Place the clothes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Scrape off the gum
Once the gum is frozen, use a blunt object such as a butter knife or a spoon to scrape off as much of the gum as possible. Be sure to scrape in the direction of the grain of the fabric to avoid damaging it.
Use vinegar or rubbing alcohol
If there is still some gum residue after scraping, try using Pot Brite™ Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge soaked in vinegar or rubbing alcohol, then dab the affected area. The solvent should dissolve the gum and make it easier to remove.
Another method to remove gum is to apply heat. Use a hair dryer on low heat and hold it about 6 inches away from the gum. The heat will soften the gum and make it easier to remove. Be careful not to overheat the fabric as it can cause damage.
Use a commercial gum remover
There are commercial gum removers available in the market that can effectively remove gum from clothes. Follow the instructions on the product and apply it directly to the gum. Allow it to sit for the recommended time, then scrape off the gum and wash the clothes as normal.
Wash the clothes
After removing the gum, wash the clothes in cold water to remove any residue. Avoid using hot water, as this can cause the gum to melt and make it harder to remove.
By following these steps, you can remove gum from clothes and keep them looking good as new. However, if the gum has been on the clothes for a long time or if the fabric is delicate, it may be best to take the clothes to a professional cleaner.