How to Get Gum Out of Nylon

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Enjoyed by people of all ages, gum is available in various forms and flavors.
Enjoyed by people of all ages, gum is available in various forms and flavors. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Helping to keep your breath fresh and teeth clean, gum is a relatively inexpensive confectionery found all over the world for thousands of years. Gum can cause a messy situation when it comes in contact with fabric such as nylon. The sticky gum will quickly adhere to the nylon fibers and typically will not budge with normal laundering. Fortunately, with the right tools and fast action you can remove the gum from nylon without harming the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cubes
  • Sandwich baggies
  • Butter knife
  • White cloths
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Small container
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. clear dish soap
  • Towel

Nylon Clothing

Lay out the clothing flat with the gum facing upward. Place several ice cubes in a plastic bag and hold the bag on top of the gum for five to 10 minutes. This will freeze the gum, making removal less messy.

Scrape the gum carefully off the nylon fabric with the back of a butter knife. Hold the ice-filled baggie on top of the gum if needed. Continue scraping the gum carefully.

Dampen a white cloth with dry-cleaning solvent and blot the gum stain for several seconds. Launder the nylon clothing as you normally would.

Nylon Carpets and Upholstery

Hold a sandwich bag filled with ice cubes on top of the gum for several minutes. Gently scrub the gum off the fabric with the back of a butter knife.

Apply several drops of dry-cleaning solvent to a clean, white cloth. Begin blotting the gum stain with the damp cloth until no more liquid is absorbed.

Fill a small container with 2 cups of warm water. Add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar and 1 tbsp. of clear dish soap. Mix with a spoon. Dampen a clean, white cloth in the mixture and blot to remove any remaining gum stain.

Rinse the mixture off the fibers with a clean cloth dampened in cool water. Pat dry with a towel.

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