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Old 07-11-2002, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question How do I get gum out of the floor mats?

Aaarrrgh... the LW300 is only 12 days old and I've got fresh, minty gum some kind person was nice enough to spit out in the parking lot now glued to my floor mats. I scrapped off what I could with my pocket knife. Anybody got any good recommendations?

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Old 07-11-2002, 10:09 PM   #2
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This will sound weird but WILL work...Use creamy peanut butter! Work it into the gum and it will disolve it! Then just wash out the peanut butter with soap/water and taa daa! No more gum and no damage to the floor mat!

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Old 07-11-2002, 11:04 PM   #3
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So would I be exchanging the minty smell with a peanut butter smell?

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Old 07-12-2002, 01:26 AM   #4
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Use a sponge or rag to apply rubbing alcohol to the gum. This will make it brittle. Break it up with your fingers, if necessary, then brush or comb it out.

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Old 07-12-2002, 06:51 AM   #5
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The same thing happened to me about a month ago. I took a couple of ice cubes and rubbed them over the gum until it froze and then it just broke off.

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Old 07-12-2002, 08:04 AM   #6
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Cigarette lighter fuel. Just test on an inconspicuous place first. Lighter fuel dissolves gum.

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Old 07-12-2002, 08:06 AM   #7
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Ice cubes should do the trick. Try that first.

I had the same thing happen to me when my car was a week old. To get the gum out of the carpeting I dabbed "Goop Off" (or is it "Goof Off"?) on it until the gum came out. To get rid of the smell of the "Goop/Goof Off" I applied a bit of "Resolve" (which smells like Froot Loops a bit) carpet cleaner in that area.

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Old 07-12-2002, 08:56 AM   #8
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I would freeze it first, and remove all you can when it is hardened. I would then remove any remaining gum with Goo Gone. I never tried Goof Off, but Goo Gone is amazing stuff and it is citrus based so it won't ruin or discolor finishes.

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Or you can try to use the cleaners Saturn gave you (if they did when you bought it) and if it doesn't come out, they'll replace them for free. The carpet and floormats are supposed to repel all types of stains and stuff. Not sure if gum applies though. With the car only 12 days old, they just might replace the floor mat.

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The ICE Cube trick does work wonder on gum problem....and it's water-based too, no extra smell and stain.

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Old 07-12-2002, 09:29 PM   #11
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Wow, thank you all for your suggestions, you're all great, tell your moms I said so.
The gum is OUT!
And the winning suggestion <drum roll, the crowd grows hushed in anticipation> is PEANUT BUTTER!
Thanks Wolfman, it worked like a charm. Didn't have smooth, used Super Chunk! Scrubbed around with an old toothbrush, the super chunks just sorted themselves out and brushed to the side. Rinsed under the tap, used some kind of orange oxy cleaner, scrubbed that in, rinsed out all the peanut butter. Can't even see where it was!

Now RedRockerL300, whom I know has exquisite taste, tells me you 'mericans get cleaners from Saturn. This is starting to P me off. First it's the credit card key I find out about, now this. How come we don't get all these perks?

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That is a surprise! Peanut butter has oil in it. I would not have guessed that it would have worked. (Good thing I don't slam people.... I'd have to eat my words after taking my foot out of my mouth if I did!) Now I know about peanut butter and gum stuck in carpeting! Ah, the things I learn here are great!

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Old 07-13-2002, 02:10 PM   #13
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Baby oil, vaseline, wesson oil, canola oil, olive oil, These work very well, espesially the baby oil it will leave a nice baby scent

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Another trick that works:
Avon "Skin-So-Soft" will remove pine tar without hurting your paint. The stuff also removes that glue from price tags, cleans anything off your hands, and works as a great bug repellent, especially blackflies. I ran out of the stuff, I don't know if they make it anymore, and now I can't find anyone who sells Avon. Weird.

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Old 07-15-2002, 10:59 AM   #15
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The OLD Skin So Soft has no repellant abilities.

It is an urban myth,

Mosquito and vector-borne
disease expert Dr. Jonathan Day of the University of Florida tested it and found ZERO effectiveness.

Consumer Reports tested it in 1993 and found it ineffective.


Avon reformulated SSS to include an FDA approved repellant. Now it works 100% better (but still not as well as any other repellant).

This is important stuff overseas because of malaria.


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Old 07-15-2002, 10:17 PM   #16
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So I was protected from blackflies by a fine myth spray.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Nice to hear it's still available.
Now I just need to find an Avon rep.

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