Asked on Apr 22, 2014

Remove gummed folder labels from a metal filing cabinet

by Gary
Bought an old metal filing cabinet in good shape but it has 25 or 30 gummed filing folder labels stuck on the front of it. What is the best way to remove these gummed labels without damaging the metal?
  9 answers
  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Apr 22, 2014
    WD-40 or I have even used Pledge with lemon oil. Spray generously and let it soak for a minute or two. Peel off the label. What paper remains, spray again and the use a soft cloth to rub off the remaining paper and goo.
  • June June on Apr 22, 2014
    De-Solv-It ~ It's the best for removing labels, removing stains in clothing and I use it to clean my stainless appliances. It's organic too!
  • Ellen Dunlap Ellen Dunlap on Apr 22, 2014
    goop off or hot water
  • Renee Thompson Renee Thompson on Apr 23, 2014
    Petroleum jelly, Goof Off, WD-40, veggie oil.
  • Gale Parris Gale Parris on Apr 23, 2014
    I use olive oil, put it on leave it for an hour; then I use a plastic kitchen scraper and it comes off easy. I did this on an old 2 drawer filing cabinet; then cleaned it and painted it lime end table for my sewing room.
  • Gary Gary on Apr 23, 2014
    thanks for your suggestion. Going to try it this weekend and see how it goes....
  • Gary Gary on Apr 23, 2014
  • Patience M Patience M on Apr 23, 2014
    Gum off or Goof Off both available at the Dollar Store removes labels with ease. Just wipe on and wipe off.
  • Gary Gary on Apr 23, 2014
    Thank you....