When you have a beautiful painting, a picture of you, or something to hang on your wall, using Command strips comes in handy, but before you get Command strips printed on your receipt, look at your walls first and see if it has wallpaper. Does your wall have it, and can you apply Command strips to the wallpaper? If this is your predicament, we have found the information for you.
You can't apply Command strips on wallpaper because it may cause a rip or tear when removed. The strips have adhesives that help them stick on the wall, so when you have to reposition them or remove them to redecorate your room, you will have a hard time doing so, and it could cause damage. Any home decor professional will say the same about this.
The key to determining if you can use Command strips is looking at what kind of surface you will put them on. So if you can't use it on wallpapers, when can it be used? If you're interested to know the answer, you’re in for a read!
Sticking Command Strips
There are different types of surfaces, and though Command strips stick on most of them, there are just some walls that best suit it and walls that don’t. There are textured, smooth, rough, and non-stick surfaces, so it is essential to know which describes your wall best before applying that strip.
Best Surfaces for Command Strips
There are walls where the strips stick best that they may even last years and still not fall, so if you want to utilize the Command strips efficiently, make sure your wall is suitable for them.
Command strips work well on dry, smooth, or hard surfaces such as wood (painted, stained, or varnished), tile, metal, plaster, laminate, or drywall. As long as it’s not applied on a textured or non-stick surface, Command strips are efficient and offer the best way of not leaving any damage on your wall.
Worst Surfaces for Command Strips
If the surface you will apply the Command strip onto is concrete, fabric, or rough, you should probably find other alternatives to hang your things because Command strips won’t be able to do it for you.
How to Make Sure Your Command Strips Stick
If you have already distinguished that your wall is suitable for Command strips and the strips still won’t stick, there may be another reason. It is necessary for you to follow the steps in applying Command strips for it to work:
- Ensure that the surface you will apply it on is dry. Command strips do not stick on wet surfaces, so you must first dry the surface you will place the strips onto if you're placing it in a bathroom.
- Mark the position where you will apply the Command strips according to your item's size. It is better to mark the area with a pencil or pen so you won’t have to reposition the strips too many times, as it will soften the adhesive because the maximum adjustment for Command strips is only three times.
- Clean the area by wiping rubbing alcohol because the strips will not stick if the surface has dust or grease.
- Separate the strips, remove the red liner, press the back of the hook to the strip, then firmly press it on the wall. You must remember to press the Command strips to the wall firmly for up to 30 seconds for them to stick.
- Slide the hook out of the base, press the mounting base firmly for 30 seconds, then slide the hook back after an hour. If you want to ensure that the adhesive bond reaches the maximum level of stickiness, doing this is very effective.
Command strips can stick on surfaces like painted wood, but if you just had your wall painted, it’s best to wait seven days before applying it because the strips will not stick otherwise. In addition, you must not put it above or close to heaters as it may melt the adhesive.
Reusing Command Strips
You can’t reuse Command strips because even when the adhesive is strong, it only applies on your first use. The strips may have already dried out from your previous application, so reusing it may cause damage to your hung item from falling as the Command strips’ sticky properties have already lessened (if not gone).
Do unused Command strips dry out?
Command strips don’t have an expiration date, and the adhesive does not dry out even when unused. Even so, it is still possible for the Command strips to not work if it was out of their packaging or stored in a room at about 100°F for several years.
What is the weight limit of Command strips?
There are a variety of weight limits for different Command strips that ranges from 4 lbs to 16 lbs. The key is to make sure that you buy one according to the weight of the item you want to hang.
Can you use command strips on peel and stick wallpaper?
Any wallpaper has a high chance of tearing when Command strips are applied; peel & stick wallpapers are no exemption. Even gently removing the Command strip to the best that you can doesn’t guarantee that no tear will take effect, may it be on peel and stick wallpaper, vinyl wallpaper, liner wallpaper, or on anything that doesn’t have a smooth and hard surface.
Can you use Command strips on brick?
Applying it on brick is not advised, especially on unpainted ones. The gaps on each brick block and their dustiness and roughness make it hard for the Command strips to stick.
On the other hand, if the brick you will apply a Command strip onto is painted and is smoother than most other bricks, like the cinder block, successfully sticking a Command strip is possible.
Can you Use Command strips on glass?
Command strips work well on glass, such as the window, the bathroom door, or other parts of the house, as long as it’s not on an area exposed to sunlight or flooded by water. If you need to use one in your bathroom, using water-resistant Command strips is suggested.
Decorating your house or a room may become stressful: Command strips can help ease the job if you apply them on a suitable surface, follow the steps of applying them, and use the right Command strip for your item’s weight. Elevating the interiors of your house is easier with the right amount of information, especially if it is what will hold your decorations for the long run.