Gum on my shoe

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  1. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    I got gum on my new shoes today while I was taking a stroll downtown on my lunchbreak. Anyone have any miracle cures to get it off? Thanks.
     
  2. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    A fork or other sharp object works well. Failing that, kick the bottom of your shoe against the pavement.
     
  3. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    As said above, a fork should work well. You might want to put the shoe in the freezer or refrigerator for a while to aid the forkage.
     
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  5. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I hear. I am at work though, and don't have access to anything fancy.
    I also don't have access to anything metal like a fork. I have been scuffing the bottom against the pavement, but I don't want to wear out the tread on a pair of new shoes. :(
     
  6. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    Try rubbing the soles of your shoes on grass, in a circular, I'm squishing a bug to death, motion. works for me.
     
  7. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Middle of the city, no grass :(

    I want to try to take care of this before it becomes hard as a rock
     
  8. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    Try an ice cube and then when the gum hardens you can break off the pieces.
     
  9. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Put it in the freezer for a little bit until the gum hardens. Then take it out and use a small screw driver to scrape it off. Then use mineral spirits (paint thinner) to remove the rest of the residue.

    I am experienced.

    Actually like 2 weeks ago I stepped in some clay...

    The same technique should work
     
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  11. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Shoe is now in the freezer, hope nobody sees!

    I don't do cinnamon
     
  12. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    This thread is worthless without pictures :p

    And hasn't anyone noticed you with just one shoe on. I can see this becoming a 'The Office' sketch or something...
     
  13. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    This reminds me more of the episode of the Simpsons where Lisa gets gum stuck in her hair, and everyone suggests something different- ice, lemon juice, a hammer, etc :D
     
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    LOL...I thought the same thing and was gonna post a link, but decided against it. But...since you brought it up. :p
     
  15. OutThere macrumors 603

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    A screwdriver (or two) will work well as a chisel to get it off.
     
  16. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Quoted for being the only sensible solution on this thread. :D
     
  17. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I took both my shoes off, just to maintain some unity and professionalism :rolleyes:

    I can't upload any pics on this stupid work computer, but I can tell you that I am getting some funny looks, and that when I went to check on it, someone moved the shoe back farther in the freezer.
     
  18. jng macrumors 65816

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    Um, Boston Common?

    It might be easier to remove if it were hard as a rock, depending on what kind of soles you have.
     
  19. OutThere macrumors 603

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    For what it's worth, deep-freezing your shoes overnight every so often is an effective way of limiting shoe-odor. It kills of most of the bacteria that live in them, so, for a couple of weeks at least, they'll smell fresh. :)
     
  20. jng macrumors 65816

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    I don't like the idea of my ice cream and shoes occupying a small space in close proximity of each other....
     
  21. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Boston Common is a 10 minute walk from the financial district, and I already took my break. Taking another one is like stealing from the company :D

    Took the shoe out, time to chip!
     
  22. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    You don't have to do any of that. Spray WD40 on it and rub it off.
     
  23. fanbrain macrumors 6502

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    All you have to do is spray it with liquid nitrogen; it will freeze, then you chisel it off with a screwdriver or some other pointed object. So easy!
     
  24. OutThere macrumors 603

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    That's what plastic bags are for. :)
     

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