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Cómo quitar la goma de tu asiento de carro

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You’re driving along. It’s a nice summer day. The windows are down and a warm breeze circulates through the car as your kids sing along to that song everyone is dancing to on TikTok instead of trying to poke each other like usual. Everything seems perfect.

Hasta que ingrese al camino de entrada, abra la puerta para sacar su bolso de la parte de atrás y coloque su mano derecha en un pedazo de chicle rosa pegajoso y pegajoso, golpee ligeramente en el medio del asiento. ¡Desagradable!

Kids do a number on our belongings. In my house that’s what we call ‘why we can’t have nice things’. But alas, you’ve got to love them, right? You swear to all who is within earshot that gum is now outlawed in your vehicle even though you know that is a law you will be unable to uphold. Because, kids. And gum.

Ever wondered why gum is sticky? Gum contains polymers that makes it elastic so you can chew it. These polymers also give it it’s sticky substance. Our saliva can’t be absorbed by the gum because of these ingredients, however, anything that is not wet, squish. Stuck like chuck.

There’s nothing like stringy sticky bubble gum in a place it’s not supposed to be; the bottom of your shoe, your hair, on the dog’s tail, under a table (Gross! Who does that?!). But it’s especially bad when it’s in your car. Okay, maybe your hair would be worse.

Ahora, cómo quitar ese dulce y pegajoso lío de tu tapicería.

Step 1 – Freeze and Remove!

Things you’ll need:

  • Hielo
  • Bolsa de plástico con cierre hermético
  • Cinta adhesiva
  • Algún tipo de hoja desafilada o herramienta para raspar

The first thing and most important step is to get the gum to harden. And no, I don’t mean wait for a couple of weeks until it’s a faded pink rock that has cemented itself to your seat for all eternity. Freeze it!

Get an ice cube or two or three, or better yet, put some in a bag to save your hand from freezing, and place on the gum. It’s okay if it melts and gets the seat wet. It’s just water. The goal here is to get rid of the stickiness.

Please note, patience is the key here. You do not want to start trying to remove the gum when it is still soft. It will stretch and stick and get ground into the fibers of your seat’s covering even worse than it already is. The last thing you want is a bigger mess on your hands.

Si tiene asientos de cuero, una vez que la goma de mascar se endurezca, coloque una tira de cinta adhesiva sobre la goma de mascar y retírela. Repita esto con trozos endurecidos más pequeños. NO use una cuchilla o herramienta para raspar en su cuero.

If you have upholstery, once the gum hardens, use your dull blade or scraping tool to scrape and chip away at the gum. There are several different things you could use here… putty knife, butter knife, window scraper, one of those handy dandy paint scrapers; anything with an edge that is dull enough that it won’t rip or fray your upholstery.

Si la goma de mascar comienza a ablandarse durante este proceso, deténgase y vuelva a aplicar el hielo hasta que se endurezca nuevamente. ¡Lento y constante gana la carrera!

Step 2 – Clean it up

Things you’ll need:

  • Vinagre blanco
  • Toallas de papel
  • Esponja
  • Limpiador o desengrasante de alfombras / tapizados
  • Limpiador de tapicería o acondicionador de cuero
  • Paño limpio o trapo

Now that you’ve got all of the gum off the seat, there’s probably some sort of an oily gummy stain left behind. Not to worry. You’ll have that tackled in no time. Here you are going to harness the magical cleaning properties of white vinegar.

Primero, humedece la esponja con vinagre y aplícala sobre la mancha. Empapa el exceso de vinagre con las toallas de papel. Si hay partículas gomosas que vuelven a aparecer, use el raspador del paso anterior para eliminarlas. Repita con más vinagre si es necesario.

When all particles seem to be gone and only the stain remains, you’ll want to use the spot cleaner or degreaser. It’s always advisable when you’re dealing with stain removal to test a cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the material to see how it will effect the appearance of the fabric. If there is any discoloration, you’ll want to test a different one. Once you’ve got something that won’t ruin the look of your seat, apply as directed.

Now that you’ve gotten the stain taken care of, it’s a good idea to clean the seat with an upholstery cleaner or leather conditioner depending on the type of covering that is on your seat. Again, it’s highly recommended that you spot test any cleaners on a hidden area of your surface first. Cleaner/conditioner on, and you should be all good. Gum be gone!

The steps above are just some of the ways you could go about this process. If you search the internet you’ll see posts about using peanut butter or egg whites and hey, they probably do work. But honestly, that seems like making an already sticky situation an even bigger disaster before it gets better.

We’ve all heard the old peanut butter in the hair trick to remove gum from your locks, but putting it on a car seat seems like making a mountain out of a mole hill. And egg whites?

¿Recuerda esos polímeros de los que hablamos antes? Bueno, el tipo de polímeros que causan la pegajosidad tenía el potencial de ser cosa del pasado.

Several years ago, scientists in a British company called Revolymer tweaked the types of polymers used to create a gum that does not stick to surfaces and was biodegradable. The gum was called Rev7 and it hit stores in the US in 2010, but alas, it was withdrawn from the US market in 2012. Too bad it didn’t catch on. You might not have even needed to read this article!

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