How to Remove Gummed Labels With WD-40

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How to Remove Gummed Labels With WD-40
The adhesive on the back of labels can be difficult to remove. (Hapa/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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
  • Cloths
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Dampen a cloth with cool water. Rub the gummed label with the cloth.

  4. 4

    Continue applying the WD-40 and rubbing with the damp cloth until you have removed the gummed label.

  5. 5

    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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