Gum on my shoe

barr08

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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.
 

barr08

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goo gone? that stuff is impressive.
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. :(
 

ErikCLDR

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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
 

steamboat26

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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...
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
 

barr08

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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...
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.
 

jng

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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
Um, Boston Common?

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

OutThere

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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. :)
 

jng

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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. :)
I don't like the idea of my ice cream and shoes occupying a small space in close proximity of each other....
 

barr08

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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.
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!
 

fanbrain

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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!