How to Remove Command Strip Without Damage

How to Remove Command Strip Without Damage

How to Remove Command Strip Without Damage? Hanging photos, mirrors, and holiday decorations help us personalise our houses, but the challenges arise when we want to change things about.

For years, unsightly holes from nails or missing paint from sticky tape, such as double-sided foam tape, disfigured countless walls until 3M introduced Command adhesives.

This hook and strip technique allows us to decorate and organise without damaging the surfaces. And it only takes a few common household products to remove the glue from the wall without leaving a trace.

In fact, you can remove Command strips in a few simple steps.

First, remove the image. Then, gently press the hook on the wall.
Grasp the exposed adhesive tab and slowly stretch it in the same direction as the strip. Always draw down in the same direction as the strip; never pull it towards you.
Stretch the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go.

Continue reading for more information, hints, and tips.

Before We Begin

While most of us are just delighted they function, some are curious about the chemistry behind the adhesives used in the handy little hooks and strips. The level of adhesive and cohesive strength is what allows the Command systems to work without destroying the wall surface. The sticky part of the strip possesses adhesive strength, which holds the strip to the surface. That sticky component is also cohesive. The cohesive strength must be larger than the adhesive strength so that the adhesive will peel off cleanly when stretched.

How to Remove Command Strips and Hooks

Remove the hung picture or item

Take down the picture or decorative item when you’re ready to change things up and remove the Command glue. For pictures hanging with strips, grip the bottom corners of the frame and peel the picture frame away from the wall in an upward motion. This will release the Command strip’s hook and loop component.

Command strip picture removal

Stretch the Tab

Grasp the exposed adhesive tab and slowly stretch it in the same direction as the strip. It may stretch up to 15 inches before releasing from the wall. Always pull flatly in the same direction as the strip. Never pull at a ninety-degree angle.

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