Having gum stuck to ones’ shoes is literally like a worst nightmare come true, since it is quite difficult to completely remove it from there. Here, in this article, we have brought together some tried and tested methods to solve this problem of yours! Keep reading to find out.
METHOD #1: USE ICE CUBES TO REMOVE GUM FROM SHOES
Yes, you read it right! Ice cubes. It’s that simple. All you will be needing for this technique are 2 plastic bags and a few ice cubes. Just fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and press it firmly against the part where the gum is stuck for a few minutes and put another plastic bag over the shoes and the ice cube pack. Make sure to put an adequate amount of pressure on the gum. After some time when the gum is pressed flat against the surface and due to coolness of the ice has hardened a bit, scrape it off gently and carefully using a putty or butter knife and your shoes are good to go.
METHOD #2: FREEZE YOUR SHOES
If you think you won’t be able to hold off that ice cube pack against the gum for a long time or you just don’t have that kind of patience, don’t worry for we have another way to solve this problem. For this technique you will need just one plastic bag and your gummy shoe. Put the shoe inside the plastic bag, not necessary to cover it fully but just make sure to have the gum part inside the plastic bag. Press the gum flat against the bag and make sure it is stuck completely to it. Put that plastic bag containing your shoe inside the freezer for a couple of hours until the gum has hardened. Carefully remove the plastic bag from your shoe to scrape the whole gum off.
METHOD #3: USE PEANUT BUTTER
That peanut butter jar sitting in your fridge is not just for eating. Did you know it can be used to remove gums from shoes and hair? Instead of hardening the gum and waiting for a couple of hours, this technique is quite easy and fast. For this you will be needing two tablespoons of peanut butter and a wire scrub. Apply two spoonful of peanut butter on the gum and let it sit for 15-20 minutes to let the gum soften and turn to a pliable form. Then gently scrub it off using a wire scrub, your shoes are now gum free. Though you might want to wash off the sole of your shoes with a bit of water and a clean cloth to remove the remains of peanut butter. Can’t have shoes smelling like peanut butter, right?!
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METHOD #4: USING SAND TO REMOVE GUM FROM SHOES
What to do if you’re outside and cannot use either of the methods mentioned above but want to remove the gum instantly. Well, we’ve got you covered on those grounds too! Find some sand near you and rub it against the freshly stuck gum on the sole of your shoes. If you can find a stick near you gently crape off the gum while rubbing the shoe against sand from time to time. If you cannot find a stick, don’t worry, rub the gummy shoe sole against the sand for a while and then carefully rub it against a plain ground, but in a corner so no one else has to go through the trouble that you did. Keep on repeating this, rubbing first against sand then against ground, for a minute or two or until all the gum has been removed. Run along with your clean shoes, but carefully so as to not get stuck to another gum.
METHOD #5: NAIL POLISH REMOVER
There’s another method to remove gum from your shoes, but this time we won’t just be removing it, but making it DISSOLVE! Pour a generous amount of acetone-based nail polish remover on a cotton ball, paper towel or cloth and rub it against the gum suck on your shoe. Keep rubbing it until the gum completely gets off.
But we will NOT suggest the use of this method if you are planning to use it on SUEDE or PATENT shoes as acetone is not good for them, it damages their finishing and skin.
METHOD #6: USE OLIVE OIL TO REMOVE GUM FROM SHOES
Oil is yet another easy method to get gum off your shoes. Use a cloth to rub oil on the gum and let it sit for a minute or two, and after that gently remove it. If some parts of the gum are still stuck, repeat the procedure. This is one of the easiest, cost effective yet fastest way to solve your problems. Though after removing the gum with oil, you might want to remove that oily texture too, so grab a clean cloth and some water and clean it off!
Again, AVOID applying it on SUEDE or LEATHER shoes as it might leave a stain.
METHOD #7: USE NAPHTHA
It is a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture. Pour it on a paper towel or a piece of old cloth and rub it on the gum. The gum should come off soon.
BEWARE: Never try this method in a closed room or near a source of heat. Since Naphtha is quite flammable, use this method in a well-ventilated area and away from heat.
IT IS ADVISED FOR KIDS TO NOT USE THIS METHOD WITHOUT THE SUPERVISION OF ADULTS!
You can use these methods to remove gum from all types of shoes, except when stated otherwise. These methods work just fine, whether the gum is fresh and has stuck recently or it has hardened and has been there for a while, whether it is stuck on the sole or the inside of the shoe, we’ve got you covered in all aspects. Make sure to remove the dirt off before starting to remove the gum from your shoes! HAPPY CLEANING!
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