Labels can be found on just about any item you purchase. From price tags to sizing information, labels are use in a variety of ways to inform the consumer of important details. Unfortunately, these labels use adhesive to adhere them to the surface. This adhesive can be difficult to remove and create a gummy, sticky mess. Fortunately, you can remove the gummed label and its adhesive residue with the help of WD-40. WD-40 is a water-displacing spray that has thousands of uses, including removing tough labels.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Butter knife
- Liquid dish soap
Pull off as much of the label as possible with your fingers. If needed, use the back of a butter knife to scrape the label off.
Spray the WD-40 onto what is left of the label and the glue. Allow the WD-40 to sit on the surface for several minutes.
Dampen a cloth with cool water. Rub the gummed label with the cloth.
Continue applying the WD-40 and rubbing with the damp cloth until you have removed the gummed label.
Wipe the surface clean with a clean, soapy cloth. Rinse the area with a clean cloth dampened in cool water. Wipe dry with a towel.
Tips and warnings
- WD-40 is relatively inexpensive and is available at department stores and home improvement centres.
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