How to Get Gum Off a Sofa

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Clean gum from your sofa carefully so it doesn't spread.
Clean gum from your sofa carefully so it doesn't spread. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Finding gum stuck to your sofa is a quick way to ruin your day. The sticky, gooey nature of gum makes it seem impossible to remove without damaging the fabric or spreading the gum. Fortunately, gum removal from a sofa doesn’t have to be a tiresome task. With the right products and removal methods, you’ll have the gum off your upholstery in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cube
  • Butter knife
  • White rags
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dish soap
  • Bowl

Rub an ice cube over the gum until it hardens if the gum is still soft. If the gum has already hardened, proceed to Step 2.

Scrape the hardened gum from the sofa with a butter knife. Position the knife carefully between the gum and upholstery, and then gently scrape off as much gum as possible.

Moisten a clean, white rag with dry cleaning solvent. Sponge the solvent directly onto any remaining gum stain.

Blot the spot with a clean white cloth to absorb the solvent. Alternate sponging on dry cleaning solvent, then blotting with a clean portion of the dry cloth until the gum is gone.

Mix 1 tbsp. of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of dish soap and 2 cups of warm water into a bowl if any of the gum stain remains after using the dry cleaning solvent. Sponge the solution onto the spot with a clean, white rag. Blot with a dry white rag to absorb the liquid. Repeat this process until the gum stain is gone.

Rinse the sofa with a clean rag and cold water once all of the gum is gone. Blot with a dry rag to remove any moisture.

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