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Chewing gum . Tips to remove Chewing gum stains on upholstery

Chewing gum is just one of those things that seem to get on everything, and your upholstery is no different. If you have found chewing gum on your upholstery, use these tips to get that yucky gum off in no time at all.

The first thing you need to do is pick off as much of the gum as you can. Scrape off the big bits of gum that will easily come off without stretching the material. This process is sometimes faster if you put ice over the upholstery so the gum gets hard and will pull off easily.

If you are left with a stain on the upholstery, use a cotton ball or paper towel and wet the towel with alcohol or a dry cleaning solution. Dab the stained area, wetting it lightly and then blot the stained area so you are bringing up the stain and the moisture.

Keep repeating this until the stain is gone.

Clean the stained area with a water and clear bleach free dish liquid. Spray over the stained area and blot off with a clean towel.Continue this until you have cleaned the entire area.

Rinse the stained area with water, spraying water, dabbing and blotting with a paper towel to bring out the moisture, and the suds from the dish liquid.

Rinse the stained area well with a mixture of water and vinegar, half and half to bring out any traces of detergents and to give your upholstery a great final clean.

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Removing gum from a fabric couch Comments By: Anon. on 2007-06-10
I first removed as much of the gum as possible, using the freezing method with a baggie of ice. I then heated the vinegar and using a toothbrush worked in a circular motion removing the green coloured gum. I also used tweezers to help pick the gum off the cushion. This took several times with the vinegar, but eventually, the couch came clean. Tip: if the couch cushion has a zipper, put a magazine wrapped in saran wrap underneath the slip cover and it will prevent the cushion itself from getting wet while cleaning.

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