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I have a very stubborn, old chewing gum stain on a leather sofa. I've tried olive oil, peanut butter and WD-40. Nothing worked. Are there any other options?

Wlodek from Sydney

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December 11, 20080 found this helpful

Try using "lighter fluid" that is used in the Zippo style cigarette lighters. I use it to remove price stickers, labels and it always works.

Hope this works for you.

Good Luck

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December 30, 20080 found this helpful

I am a gum addict. Once I had slept with it in my mouth, and in the morning it was stuck to my beige leather sofa. I tested a small hidden section so I'd know if peanut butter would leave a grease stain. It didn't. Then I alternated rubbing ice and peanut butter on the gum. I'd rub it with ice then peanut butter and lightly scrub at it with the abrasive side of a sponge. It took about ten minutes, but sure enough the gum is gone without any stains :)

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December 13, 20150 found this helpful

This was very helpful

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you! Very expensive couch (six grand) with GREEN Trident sugar free gum on the cushion. (Not a natural substance--harder to remove, than sugar gum.) It is dark brown/walnut color and a very fine quality leather. OF COURSE the warranty does not cover gum. So, I read all of your brilliant insight and thought--why not? SESAME OIL, TWO ICE CUBES and GENTLE RUBBING. Be patient. 10 minutes later GONE! Thank you ever so much, truly. Your consistent on-message remarks were true to the result.

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January 31, 20091 found this helpful

Thank You so much for this helpful guidance. Grandson smeared a mouthful of tropical fruit chewing gum all over my VERY EXPENSIVE brown leather chair. Found it at about midnight last night, freaked, googled how to clean gum on leather, found this site, and voila!!! success in a few moments this afternoon. Used olive oil because had no natural peanut butter/oil readily available.

Did testing on a hidden spot to determine if there would be a problem with staining or discoloration and saw none. Rubbed small amount of oil on a soft paper towel in gentle circular motion, wiped off excess, checked for progress and leather condition, rubbed again same way, and soon every smeary, gummy spot was removed and the chair looks like new. So, olive oil worked beautifully for me!

Chair smells fine - only a very faint scent of the olive oil that is actually pleasant. There is no oily or gummy residue from the oil. Did not need to use ice. Figure the gum landed there about two days ago when he was here visiting. This technique was magic and I am so grateful I found this site. Thanks a million!

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December 20, 20150 found this helpful

Used used the olive oil tip on pressed in gum.... It worked!! Christmas is saved. Thanks!!

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January 15, 20160 found this helpful

Just got chewing gum all over our leather couch. I thought it was ruined. Read all the posts regarding the olive oil. Tried it out of desperation and it worked beautifully!! Took only minutes!! Thanks for the awesome tip.

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May 6, 20090 found this helpful

I am a Realtor that takes clients on home shopping experiences. I was not pleased when I found gum on my leather backseat. I came to this site and found out the Olive Oil trick, used it and it worked in less than 60 seconds. This is an awesome site I will be back to use it more often. I now have a gumless backseat that my clients can use.

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January 30, 20110 found this helpful

The hot water trick worked for me. Sugarless gum rubbed into a leather car seat with tiny little holes in the design. I placed a wash cloth on the gum, poured boiling water over the washcloth, and used a second washcloth to gently rub. Because of the little holes it took more than one pass, but it finally worked. Note to self: have a place to set the hot pan down, and keep track of where the gum is on the rag so you don't rub it all over the place again.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

thank you so much

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July 20, 20130 found this helpful

Woke up at 5:00 am to be told by my daughter that her gum had mysteriously gotten on to my dark brown leather couches. She had tried to remove it on her own by using ice. What she ended up doing was rubbing it in. I read some solutions on this site and had all natural peanut butter. Poured a little of the oil into a bowl(natural peanut butter separates) and took a white t-shirt and rubbed on the gum. It came right out....took maybe 2 minutes total. I wiped some of the oil off with a barely damp (water) cloth. You would never know that there was a huge piece of chewed gum rubbed in the couch. My panic attack was soon over. Love this website.

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August 26, 20130 found this helpful

Just want to add my favorable comments. Tried the olive oil on a new car with leather seats, and gum three days old.

Worked like a charm! Thanks

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January 18, 20150 found this helpful

Woke up to find that my friend whom visited last night had sat sugarfree airwaves chewing gum into my brand new leather corner suite, I went into panic mode and started searching the web for remedies when I found this site and tried the olive oil fix which took seconds and worked a treat... phew no explaining to do to my husband!

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October 29, 20150 found this helpful

So... I NEVER comment on posts but felt like I had to after my experience. I now can stay calm instead of freaking out lol. Long story short, my boyfriend slept on my friends brand new leather couch with BLUE gum in his mouth. After sleeping for hours we woke up to the gum no longer in his mouth but pressed into and stretched all over 2 cushions. The worst part wasn't just all the gum (which seemed like it magically doubled as soon as it hit the leather) but the fact that the couch is actually tan too... So I was panicking because this bright blue gum was not scraping off with my nail and I know you can not use water on leather due to the fact it will cause faster drying out of the leather- so soap and water seems too risky to try. When I came across these posts about using olive oil,it made the most sense. After all the oil should also condition the leather to help prevent any damage while removing the gum too. So I grabbed the olive oil and a soft dish sponge (one that won't scratch the leather) and went to work. The best way to remove the blue gum was to pour a light amount of olive oil on the gum. Then using your finger spread the oil all over the areas. I started using the sponge and working my way from the outside of the area in, I applied some pressure and rubbed in circular motions. When I found that the olive oil was lacking, I reapplied a little more to continue cleaning the gum off. After about 20 mins the gum was completely gone and no stain on the couch or damage! I am so relieved and happy... I will do this from now on if it ever happens again. Oh just a thought, after you get the gum off... Use a tissue to wipe off the access oil :)

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