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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Hard Surfaces

Discover DIY techniques for gum removal and when to hire professionals like Total Line Marking for efficient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solutions.

Chewing gum adheres to asphalt, concrete, and other hard surfaces with surprising tenacity.

If you've ever stepped on a discarded piece of gum in public, you know how difficult it can be to remove it from your shoe. When gum combines with spilt sugary drinks, grime, and cigarette ash, the removal process becomes even more challenging. In this article, we will share four DIY techniques to remove gum without damaging the surface and one bonus, proven method that works when the other four don't.

Use a Freezing Agent

Begin by wiping dust and dirt from the surface with an old rag. Apply a freezing agent to the gum-covered area and let it work for about 10 to 15 seconds. Using a putty knife, scrape the gum off the surface, working from the edge to the corner. After the gum is removed, use a wet rag to loosen any remaining pieces, making them easier to remove.

Use Methylated Spirit

Scrape off as much gum as possible with a putty knife or another metal scraper. Pour some methylated spirit onto the surface to remove the remaining gum. Wait for about five minutes before scraping the gum off again.

Use Detergent and a Bristle Brush

Mix regular detergent with warm water in a bucket. Dip a bristle brush into the bucket, ensuring it's well-soaked. Apply slightly more pressure while brushing the area where you want to remove the gum.

Use a Pressure Washer

For fresh gum removal, a pressure washer can be quite effective. Connect all the necessary accessories, run water and detergent through the system for about 30 seconds, and then pull the starter cord while squeezing the wand trigger. Direct the flow towards the gum-covered surface, working around it until the gum is gone.

Chewing Gum Removal Machine

The easiest and most reliable way to remove chewing gum from hard surfaces is to hire professionals, like Total Line Marking, to do the job for you. We specialize in gum removal, line painting, surfacing, and other cleaning services. Our specialized gum removal machines effectively remove gum residue from various surfaces, from rough to delicate. We use eco-friendly, non-toxic gum cleaning solutions for immediate, highly efficient, and effective results.

A befroe and after photo o chewing gum removal on a pavemant

Keep in mind that gum removal machines work best on large surfaces where significant gum removal is necessary. This solution is ideal for paths or pavements, playgrounds, or car parks.


Chewing gum removal can be a challenging task, especially when the gum has been sitting on a hard surface like concrete or asphalt for an extended period. You can always try one of the DIY methods we suggested or leave the job to professionals. Total Line Marking is your go-to company for tasks like these. We offer fast, safe, and cost-effective gum removal services throughout the UK. Contact us anytime for a free, no-obligation quote.

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