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How to Get Gum Off Shoes: 6 Easy Methods to Try!

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There are a few ways to get gum off shoes using lighter fluid, nail polish remover, ice, WD-40, and Goo Gone. 

Removing sticky gum

If you are trying to remove sticky gum from shoes, you may test any of the following: 

  1. Fingernail polish remover with acetone
  2. Lighter fluid
  3. WD-40
  4. Ice 
  5. Compressed air
  6. Goo Gone

With all of these items, except ice, you will want to make sure you use a paper towel and remove the area with dirt and sand first to allow it to work effectively. 

Using compressed air to get rid of gum on shoes is a valuable option to freeze the gum on your shoe quickly so it can be peeled off. But, if you do not have any compressed air lying around, try ice cubes.

When you are using ice to remove the sticky gum, you will want to:

  1. Fill a plastic bag with ice
  2. Place your shoe on top of the bag of ice with the sole down
  3. Let your shoe stay on top of the bag for approximately 10-15 minutes
  4. Remove the gum from the bottom of your shoe by peeling it off (a butter knife or spoon may prove helpful)

These 2 methods may prove less damaging to get gum off leather shoe materials. We will discuss the process of the other methods later. 

How do you remove dried gum?

Getting dried bubble gum off of shoes may be a little simpler than removing sticky, chewy gum. The best methods to use for dried gum removal are:

  • Dissolving the gum 
  • Scrape or peel the remaining gum away from the sole of your shoe with a butter knife or spoon
  • WD-40

The items above could damage and/or stain shoe material easily, so keep in mind the material you are using them on. Use an object with a pointed end to get the gum out of the grooves on your shoes.

What can dissolve chewing gum?

To dissolve chewing gum, use:

  • Lighter fluid 
  • Fingernail polish remover with acetone
  • Goo Gone

You can use these items by applying the solution to a clean white cloth and rubbing it over the gum. Within a few minutes, the gum should dissolve away. Once the gum has dissolved and has been removed, wash the area with soap and water. 

Remember: these items are flammable, so use them with extreme caution and in a well-ventilated area. It is also great to keep in mind that you should not use fingernail polish remover to get gum off certain shoe materials, especially if they are made of suede. 

And do not use Goo Gone on leather, suede shoes, or rubber.

Does WD-40 remove chewing gum?

Using WD-40 to remove gum from shoes is simple.

  1. Find the WD-40 in your home with the red smart straw
  2. Precisely spray the gum and the surrounding area
  3. Take a clean cloth and wipe the gum away

When you are spraying the WD-40 on the gum and the area around it, be sure not to get any on the material of your shoe because it could cause damage or stain the fabric.


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