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Chewing gum

Fabric
1. If the gum is still soft, freeze the item to harden the gum; scrape off excess gum.
2. Sponge with a dry-cleaning solvent.
3. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.
4. Launder.
 
Upholstery
1. If the gum is still soft, freeze it by directly applying an ice cube; scrape off excess gum.
2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.
3. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
 
Carpet
1. If the gum is still soft, freeze it by directly applying an ice cube; scrape off excess gum.
2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.
3. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
5. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
6. Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution.
7. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
8. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
 
Worth a Try
In a pinch, rubbing white vinegar (full strength) into the gum may soften it enough to pry the gum away from the fabric.

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