Command strips are a home decorator’s best friend. However, they require careful preparation and application. Here's what you're probably doing wrong.
1. You’re using them on rough surfaces
Command strips can only be applied to smooth surfaces. Avoid adhering them to brick walls, textured wallpaper, concrete or timber.
2. You don’t prepare the surface correctly
Strips work best on clean, smooth surfaces, so wipe the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol (methylated spirits) first. This will ensure your strip bonds properly with the wall. Avoid using other surface sprays or cleaning wipes, which may leave a slippery residue.
3. You rush the job
If you've just painted your walls, you need to be patient and wait at least a week until using the strips.
4. You don’t press hard enough
The stronger you press, the better the strip will adhere to the wall. Make sure you press firmly along the whole strip, not just in one spot.
5. You disregard the weight guidelines
The weight restrictions are specified on each product, so carefully weigh your artwork or photo frame before choosing the correct strips.
6. You don’t pull down
If you pull the tab towards you, you risk damaging your wall. Pull down firmly on the tab towards the floor. Keep stretching it up to 40cm until the hook releases from the strip.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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