Chewing gum sticks to asphalt, concrete and other hard surfaces like crazy! If you’ve ever stepped in an ugly wad of chewing gum somewhere in public, then you probably had trouble getting it off your shoe. Well, when chewing gum mixes with spilt sugary drinks, grime and cigarette ash, things can only get worse, and removing it from any surface can turn into mission impossible! Here we’re sharing 4 DIY techniques you can try to remove gum without damaging the surface - and one bonus, proven method that works when these 4 don’t!
1. Use a Freezing Agent
Take an old rag and wipe off dust and dirt from the surface. Use a freezing agent and spray it over the entire surface to which the gum has stuck. Let it get to work on the gum for the next 10 to 15 seconds. Start scraping the gum off the surface using a putty knife from the edge to the corner. Once the gum is removed, use a wet rag and run over the same surface to loosen any leftover pieces so they are easier to take off.
2. Use Methylated Spirit
Scrape off as much gum as you can with a putty knife or any other metal scraper, then pour some methylated spirit onto the surface to remove the remaining parts. Wait for about 5 minutes before you start scraping the gum off again.
3. Use Detergent and a Bristle Brush
Mix some regular detergent with warm water in a bucket. Then, use a bristle brush and dip it into the bucket so it is nicely soaked. Start brushing the area you want to remove the gum from and make sure to apply slightly more pressure while doing so.
4. Use a Pressure Washer
If you have a pressure washer, no matter whether it be electric or gas, you can use it for fresh gum removal. Connect all the accessories that come with the unit, run water and detergent through the system for about 30 seconds, then start squeezing the wand trigger and pull the starter cord. Now that the machine is up and running, all you have to do to direct the flow towards the surface where the gum is and work around it until it is gone.
But did you know you can actually remove that chewing gum without investing almost any effort? Here’s how!
5. Chewing Gum Removal Machine
The easiest, most reliable way to remove chewing gum from hard surfaces is to hire professionals (like Total Line Marking) to handle this for you. We specialise in gum removal (and line painting, surfacing and other cleaning services) and use specialised gum removal machines that can remove gum residue from everything between rough and sensitive surfaces. Not only do we use the latest equipment but also eco-friendly, non-toxic gum cleaning solutions, which all provide immediate, highly efficient and effective results.
Note that gum removal machines work best on large surfaces where removal of lots of gum is necessary. This could be a great solution whether you want to remove gum from paths or pavements, playgrounds or car parks.
Chewing gum removal is not an easy task, especially if the gum has been sitting on a hard surface like concrete or asphalt for a while. You can always try one of the DIY methods we suggested, or you can leave this job to professionals. Total Line Marking is the go-to company for tasks like these. We provide fast, safe and cost-effective gum removal services all around the UK. Contact us anytime and we’ll provide a free, no-obligation quote.