Hands up of you have kids at home! I bet, there are a lot of parents here who have playful and cheerful kids. And of the most all-time favorite snacks for most kids is the chewing gum. Who would not be amazed how you can make some bubble out from the snack, right? However, this is also one thing that worries most parents – putting gums anywhere, especially on the table. And removing a gum from a table is one of the most daunting tasks at home. Agree?
Generally, it doesn't matter if you are a resident of a townhouse in Quezon City or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, you will experience this kind of situation especially if you have kids at home. But fret not, although this might be a daunting and frustrating task for some parents, there are already tricks or hacks where you can effectively remove the gum without any hassles at all.
Apply ice cubes
Whether you realize it or not, ice cubes are an effective thing that can remove a gum. Ice cubes can freeze the gum into a more solid element. Just put a dozen ice cubes into a plastic bag and put it again the gummed surface. Wait for minutes until the gum is completely chill. And once the gum is chilled or frozen, it would be much easier for you to remove the gum through the use of a dull knife. But make sure to use the knife carefully for as not to leave any marks on the table.
Rub with vegetable oil
The use of vegetable oil is not just for cooking your favorite meal. This is also helpful and effective element that helps remove a gum from a table. Well, just soak the paper towel in the vegetable oil, and then rub the area vigorously. Since oil is greasy, the gum should release from the table. And the good thing is, any kind of vegetable oil will work on this method.
Use a duct tape
Duct tape is one of the many ways you can remove the gum. Just tear off a section of the tape and press it down on the gummed surface, and then lift the duct tape off. On this method, the gum should stick to the duct tape and lift off. However, if there is still gum left on the table, then repeat the process once again until the gum is completely removed.
Dab with peanut butter
Who would think that a peanut butter is an effective tool to remove a gum? Yes, you heard it right! All you have to do is put a small amount of peanut butter on the gummed surface, and let it sit for 15 minutes until the gum can be easily removed by a knife. Wonder how? Since peanut butter has some oil in it, it will help dissolved the gum and release it from the table. If you don't have any peanut butter at home, then try to refer to number 2, or any oily substance such as mayonnaise, make-up remover wipes or even facial moisturizer. These products will help you remove the gum.
On this method, you have to be careful not to leave a mark on your table since you are going to do some scraping on the gummed surface. Well, you have to carefully press the blade between the gum and the table's surface, and push the blade gently across the table. A dull edge is advisable for you to use. However, if you don't have such, then a sharper blade should be used with caution. But before you scrape the gum off, try to put a little vegetable oil for easier removal of the gum.
Scrape gum off using a blade
See? Removing of gum is not that hard as you think it is. Well, you just have to make sure that you think before removing the gum with your hands – it's a no-no. You need to follow some tricks for an effective and successful removal of the gum on your table. Moreover, as a parent, tell your kids not to put gums on the table anymore. At least with that, it would be lesser hassles in life at home.
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