I’ve written a few different posts about Command strips, hooks, and other products over the past few years. None of these posts were sponsored–I just really like these products! I use them all over my home and studio to hang things up. I’ve also used Command strips and hooks to decorate for parties and events, since I can easily remove them once the party is over. I appreciate the quick and easy “installation” process, and the vast majority of the time Command products work just like they should.
However, every once in a while things just don’t go as planned. I’ve had Command strips that just won’t stay stuck, and I’ve had strips that just wouldn’t budge when I tried to remove them from the wall. But through a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me learn to avoid some of the common “user error” issues. I thought I’d share a few of my best Command strip tips with you today, in hopes that you can benefit from them as well. So give this list a read-through, and you’ll be a Command strips pro in no time! :-)
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Tips & Tricks For Using Command Strips
Mind The Weight
Make sure the strips you choose can hold the weight of what you’re planning on hanging up. Every package of Command strips or hooks says how much weight they can hold right on the front.
Check The Temperature
You should only apply Command strips when the temperature is above 15°F. (This obviously isn’t as much of a concern when you’re applying them indoors, but it could make a difference for anyone hanging them up outside during the winter.) The strips should stay stuck pretty much anywhere as long as the temperature is above -20°F and below 125°F.
How Humid Is It?
Unfortunately, adhesive products like Command strips just don’t work as well in hot, humid locations (around 80% humidity or more). If you live in a very humid area and want to hang Command strips in your house, you might be able to make it work if you have a dehumidifier.
Make sure you are using the right kind of strip for the surface and location you want to apply it on. The regular Command strips work well in most indoor locations, while the clear strips work best on very smooth surfaces. If you’re planning to hang something outside or in your bathroom, be sure to get the strips rated for outdoor use or bathroom use.
If you need to hang Command strips on brick for any reason, I’ve found that a dab of hot glue works wonders! :-)
And finally, if you have freshly painted walls, you should wait at least 7 days before hanging Command strips. (Even then, you may have trouble getting Command strips to stick to certain kinds of paint.)
Applying Command Strips
Before you apply your Command strips to any surface, it’s important to make sure the surface is as clean as possible. Any dust, dirt, or residue can make it hard for the adhesive to form a strong bond. I recommend cleaning the area with a Magic Eraser, because it’s quick and easy, and will thoroughly clean most surfaces. After using the Magic Eraser, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol to leave it squeaky clean.
Next, apply the strips according to the directions on the packaging. If the directions indicate you should wait a certain amount of time before hanging your item, then wait! :-) A lot of potential problems can be avoided by waiting the proper amount of time.
Removing Command Strips
The key to gently removing Command strips is to pull down, not out. Pulling out may damage the surface, especially if it’s painted. While you’re pulling down on the tab, you should also hold the rest of the strip with your other hand. (This will help prevent any hand injuries from occurring when the strip suddenly releases from the wall.)
But what if you accidentally ripped off the removal tab? No worries, just grab your hair dryer and a piece of dental floss! Blow your hair dryer on the strip for 20-30 seconds, then wiggle the dental floss between the adhesive part of the strip and the surface it’s stuck to. You should be able to “cut” through the rest of the adhesive with the floss and remove the strip successfully.
Do you have any tips and tricks for using Command strips, hooks, and other products? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below! :-)