Stepping on chewing gum might be one of the most infuriating things when walking or running. I’ve stepped on gum countless times back when I was younger and I used to accidentally mess up the car carpets because of it. However, there are a couple of ways in which you can get gum off your shoes and I will show you them.
Spray with wd-40
Wd-40 is made up of different types of lubricants. So it’s best to use it if you want to remove something sticky from a surface and in this case we are dealing with gum. Just spray the gum with wd-40 for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then use a paper towel to remove it. It should be easy to remove because of the wd-40.
Place the shoe in the freezer
This might seem weird but it is a really effective way to get rid of gum off of your shoe bottom. TO do this you will need to wrap a plastic bag tightly around the shoes. THen place it in the freezer for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes you’ll realize that the gum is now on the plastic bag instead of the shoes. Even if the gum is still on the bottom of the shoe, it should be way easier to remove now since it isn’t warm anymore.
Scrape it off with something flat
Get a thin flat utensil such as a spatula or a butter knife and drench it in oil. You should also pour a little oil on the gum as well. Then use the flat item to scrape off the gum.
Remove the gum using peanut butter
Place a large scoop of peanut butter onto the gum and leave it there for 15 minutes. Then use a wire brush to rub the area and remove the gum. After removing the gum rinse the shoe bottom with water.
Use ice cubes
Place the shoes in a plastic bag filled with ice cubes. Make sure that it’s only the bottom of the shoes that’s touching the ice cubes. If you expose the other parts of the shoes to ice cubes for too long this may damage the shoes. Now press the shoe down on the ice cubes. While doing this, the gum should be pressed against the ice cubes. What we are trying to do is to freeze the gum quickly so that it can be removed easily. When the gum is frozen you should use a knife or a flat utensil to remove the gum.