How to get gum off of car upholstery

Written by brynne chandler
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No matter how careful you are with your car's upholstery, accidents happen. You can ban people from chewing gum in your car, but you can't stop them from accidentally sitting in gum and transferring it. It's hard to get gum out of upholstery, but it's not impossible. With some patience and a little effort you can clean gum off seats without damaging the upholstery. You probably won't have to use all of the steps below to remove gum, so stop when you get to the one that works for you.

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Things you need

  • Latex gloves
  • Clear cellophane tape
  • Ice
  • Butter knife
  • Goo Gone or other gum-dissolving cleaner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Clean shop cloth
  • Dish soap

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  1. 1

    Remove as much of the gum as you can with your finger. Pull it, stretch it until breaks, roll it. Wear latex gloves if you don't know where the gum came from and are easily grossed out.

  2. 2

    Use strips of clear cellophane tape to pick up as much of the gum that is still stuck there as you can.

  3. 3

    Rub an ice cube in a plastic bag over the gum. Hold it on the gum for 3 to 5 minutes until the gum is hard and brittle. Break and scrape as much of it off as you can with the butter knife.

  4. 4

    Apply some Goo Gone or other gum-dissolving cleaner to the stain. Use a cotton swab if you are not sure whether the cleaner will stain your car seat. Blot and rub the stain with clean shop cloths, applying more Goo Gone every time you get a layer of gum to come up.

  5. 5

    Use mild dish soap on the corner of a clean shop cloth to remove any remaining residue.

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