How to Remove Gum From Concrete and Asphalt

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Remove gum from asphalt and concrete with a freezing agent.
Remove gum from asphalt and concrete with a freezing agent. (Image: stale gum image by easaab from Fotolia.com)

When wet gum lands on a hard surface such as asphalt or concrete, the gum can stick like glue. It eventually hardens, but remains attached to the surface. Trying to remove the gum by prying it loose only results in smaller pieces still attached to the concrete or asphalt. The gum requires a freezing agent to solidify it. Once the gum becomes solid, removing the entire piece becomes much easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Freezing agent
  • Putty knife

Wipe dirt and dust from the gum on the asphalt or concrete with an old rag.

Spray a freezing agent over the entire wad of gum. Allow the freezing agent 10 to 15 seconds to freeze the gum.

Lay a putty knife at the edge of the gum as flush as possible with the asphalt or concrete to avoid digging into the stone. Shove the putty knife under the gum, removing it entirely from the surface.

Wipe the surface clean with a wet rag, removing any gum pieces that may have broken loose when pulling it free from the concrete or asphalt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find aerosol freezing agents at cleaning supply stores.

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