How To Get Gum Off Your Car Seat

Gum can be a sticky nightmare to remove from any surface but it can be especially frustrating when you find a wad of gum stuck to the seat of your car. No matter how it got there, your only concern is getting it off without damaging the fabric. Car seats are typically made out of leather/faux leather, cloth, or synthetic fiber. Read on to discover which method will work best for the type of car seat you have.

Quick Answer

Gum can be removed from multiple types of fabric in a few different, equally effective ways. Peanut butter, ice, vinegar, and heat are all productive, natural ways to remove gum. If you have a particularly stubborn piece of gum you can try a degreaser such as Goo Gone. You may find that you need to use a combination of the aforementioned methods to get all of the sticky residue out of your car seats.

As disappointing as it can be to find a sticky mess of gum clinging to your car seats, rest assured it is a problem that can be solved.

How To Remove Gum From Different Car Seat Material

How to Get Gum Off Leather Car Seats (and Faux Leather)

Whether your car is new, new to you, or old and reliable, your leather seats are probably a feature you love and would hate to see ruined by a rogue piece of gum. It would be best to use a natural approach to remove the gum rather than a chemical method to keep the leather in good condition. Avoid using heat because it can lead to the leather cracking.

Step 1: Gather your supplies- You will need a handful of ice cubes in a small baggie, a small bowl of warm to hot soap and water, and a wash cloth or sponge.

Step 2: Apply the ice- Keep the ice on the gum for 10-20 minutes until the gum is frozen. The gum should become hardened. This step may need to be repeated throughout the process because as it begins to warm, the gum will become soft again.

Step 3: Scrape it off- Use your fingernail to scrape off as much of the gum as you can. You can also use a small plastic putty knife or a butter knife to scrape off excess gum. Exercise caution to not scratch the seat.

Step 4: Wipe with vinegar- Dip the wash cloth or sponge in the warm, soapy water. Rub the leftover gum residue until all of the gum has been removed.

Follow these steps and your seat will be as good as new. There should be no sign of the sticky mishap.

How to Get Gum Off Cloth / Synthetic Fiber Car Seats

Some car seats are made out of cloth or synthetic fiber, typically nylon or polyester. Nylon is the most common as it is the most durable. Polyester car seats will appear to be microfiber or microsuede. You can remove it from either type of cloth seats by using white vinegar.

Step 1: Gather your supplies: To remove gum using white vinegar, you will need the white vinegar, a bowl or pan, a toothbrush or other soft-bristled brush, and paper towels.

Step 2: Heat the vinegar: Heat the vinegar in a small pot or a microwave-safe bowl.

Step 3: Start scrubbing: Use the toothbrush or soft-bristled brush to thoroughly rub the area. While scrubbing, you will see the gum start to lift from the fabric. Keep the brush clean by removing the gum as it gathers on the bristles.

Step 4: Wipe and blot: Use a paper towel to wipe off any leftover pieces of gum, then blot dry.

Whichever type of fabric your car seat is made from; this method will help remove any remnants of unwanted gum.

5 Effective Ways to Remove Gym from Any Car Seat:

Ice and vinegar are not the only ways to remove a pesky piece of gum. There are other methods that are just as effective and safe. It may be necessary to use a combination of methods to get every last, stubborn speck off.

How To Use Peanut Butter To Remove Gum From Your Car Seat

Peanut Butter is not only delicious; it works for removing gum.

Peanut butter makes the gum less sticky: Peanut butter and gum are both hydrophobic and peanut butter is mostly made of peanut oil and fats. Peanut butter begins to dissolve gum making it less sticky and easier to remove from the surface it is stuck to.

The best way to use peanut butter: Apply peanut butter to the gum and let it sit. You can work the peanut butter in by rubbing it with your fingers. It can leave an oily residue to try to keep it contained to the piece of gum and wipe the surface with soap and water when the gum has been removed.

How To Use Vinegar To Remove Gum From Your Car Seat

Vinegar is a hero of most homes because of its multiple uses.

The acidity in vinegar helps remove gum: Vinegar has a multitude of household uses and gum removal is only one of them. The acid in the vinegar softens the gum and helps lift it from the fabric.

There is a proper method for using vinegar: The vinegar works best when heated. Using a toothbrush or any other soft-bristled brush, dip it in the warm vinegar and scrub the gum. The gum will soften and begin to ball up on the brush.

Vinegar can be used on cloth and leather: Vinegar is safe to use on cloth/synthetic fiber seats and will not leave any stains. Vinegar can dry out the leather so it is recommended to add two parts linseed oil to one-part vinegar to clean gum off of leather

How To Use Ice To Remove Gum From Your Car Seat

Ice is a low/no cost, effective way to remove gum from your car seat.

Ice is the most common way to remove gum: Ice is safe to use on any surface and will not leave a stain. If you don’t have any on hand, you can easily make some whether it be in a tray or freezing some water in a baggie.

The process may need to be repeated: Freeze the gum by applying the ice. As you scrape it off, the gum will warm, and may need to have the ice applied a few times throughout the process. A scraping tool will help lift the hardened gum and tweezers help get the small bits left behind.

How To Use Heat To Remove Gum From Your Car Seat

Heat is another safe and natural way to remove gum quickly and effectively.

 Heat will soften the gum for easy removal: Using a hair dryer set on medium/high heat, aim the stream at the gum for several minutes. As the gum heats up, it will soften and allow you to get off a big chunk using a fork or sharp object to lift the gum.

Heat will need the assistance of other methods: Heat will not work well as a standalone method. You may need to use soap and water or another of the aforementioned methods to remove the leftover residue.

How To Use Goo Gone To Remove Gum From Your Car Seat

Goo Gone works great to remove sticky residue of all kinds, the only thing to consider is it is a chemical and not safe on all materials.

Goo Gone is famous for removing sticky residue: Goo Gone is a commercial degreaser that is known for removing sticky residue of all kinds. It can be harsher than the natural remedies provided but it does work.

Goo Gone is safe on most materials: Goo Gone is safe to use on most materials and would work on cloth or nylon seats after a successful spot test. It should not be used on leather.

Follow up with hot, soapy water: Once you have removed the gum using Goo Gone, wipe down the area with hot, soapy water on a clean towel.

Wrap Up: The Sticky on Gum Removal

You now have 5 effective ways in your gum removing arsenal, each as effective as the last. Peanut butter, vinegar, ice, heat, and Goo Gone all meet the same objective. The thing to consider is what works best for you and the material you’re working with.

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