Got gum stuck in your jeans? Imogene + Willie has a great tip for getting them clean again (with a highly amusing anecdote about what a night of hard partying will do to a gum chewer). The inquiring gum-sufferer explains their dilemma below…
As I was flying home yesterday, I was horrified to find that I had sat in some gum and really ground it into the back of my one-month-old Barton Rigids. Fortunately, it isn’t too huge of a spot, but I am struggling with what to do. I have attempted to get the gum out by hand, but that is pretty fruitless at this point.
Thanks for your help.
Imogene + Willie’s store manager Rhett replies below…
Oddly enough, this very thing happened to me, though I wasn’t on a plane.I am an avid gum chewer and went to bed with gum in my mouth. Went to bed in his jeans, you might ask? OK, let’s be honest: after a big night out, I stumbled to my room and fell into bed, obviously not caring what was on my body or in my mouth.
When i woke up, the gum was in my arm hair and between my legs. I have no idea how this happened. I’m lucky the spot on my jeans wasn’t visible: I washed them in cold water, hung them to dry, and, because I like the rigid, non-broken-in look, ironed them with spray starch. You can still see where the gum was a little bit, but I don’t mind.
Here are two remedies you can try. Both involve freezing the gum. Keep in mind that neither is guaranteed to work, but it never hurts to try.
- Rub an ice cube on the gummed-up spot. When the residue freezes, it should be relatively easy to scrape off.
- Place the jeans in the freezer for an hour or more; as with the ice cube, the frozen gum should peel right off.
In either case, when you get the spot clean, rub dish soap into any leftover stain with a soft clean cloth and launder as usual.
Original tip via Imogene + Willie. Did this trick work for you? Let us know!
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