Accidents happen unfortunately, and to that end, should you ever find yourself faced with having bubble gum stuck to your cloth seats or fabrics, here are some helpful tips on how to remove it safely.

One popular trick is to freeze the gum, then slowly and carefully pick away at it until it’s removed. To do this, place some ice cubes or an ice pack in a zip lock baggie and lay it over the bubble gum for a while. This will harden the bubble gum and allow you to remove gum more easily and in clumps rather than that stringy mess you get when bubble gum is warm. Using a small pick will help separate and lift the bubble gum from the car seat or fabric.

Along the same lines to freezing is to take a can of compressed air, the kind sold by computer stores to blow dust and debris from your keyboard and internal parts. If you turn the can of compressed air upside down for a second or so, all that comes out will be CO2 which when aimed at the bubble gum will freeze it again allowing for you to remove the bubble gum in clumps. You may want to place something over the bubble gum before spraying to protect the car seat or fabric.

Another way to remove bubble gum from fabric is to break it down. Vegetable oil or peanut butter will break bubble gum down so that it no longer adheres to itself or anything else. Since they are oily and greasy, you should be weary about using them on expensive suede or fabric or in places where, if they stain, it would unsightly. If using this method, you should use a test spot to find out what the results will be before going all out and attacking the problem area. Having a portable steam cleaner on hand to immediately remove the oil and grease will also help reduce the possibility of staining.


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  1. […] Once it's hardened, it'd not that hard to get off. See: How to Remove Bubble Gum from Cloth Seats and Fabrics […]

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for this website. I used peanut butter to remove gum from a leather couch. Came off beautifully.