How to Remove Gum From Leather

Whether it's your couch, shoe, jacket or purse, leather is the last place you would want a piece of gum. But don't send that leather to the cleaner just yet. Try these steps to remove gum from your leather first.

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Remove Gum From Leather

Step 1

Scrape off any excess gum carefully with a credit card, plastic scraper or your fingernails.

Step 2

Mix dish soap and water, using enough soap to create lots of suds. Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe the leather.

Step 3

Wipe again with clean water and then with a dry cloth. If the gum is gone, stop here and follow up with a leather conditioner.

Step 4

Dip a clean cloth in peanut butter or vegetable oil and rub it onto the spot. Let stand for 1 minute.

Step 5

Use another clean cloth to wipe away the peanut butter or oil. The gum will be gone, with no damage to your leather.