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The new house had a few Command hooks with broken tabs that I was willing to overlook for the time being. But I hung Christmas lights with the little decor hooks, and when I broke the tab off one that was right on top of the stairway half-wall where it couldn't be be hidden or ignored I decided to get creative.
You need a thin, non-edged blade and some kind of lubricant. I used a spatula and cooking oil spray, but a very thin putty knife and WD-40 or 3-in-1 would probably work just as well. For the pictures below I used a Command hook that was left on the back of a door. The picture above is of an identical door where similar stickies have been removed the hard way.
|Your tools: a thin, dull blade and a non-staining lubricant.|
|The broken Command strip tabs.|
|Spray both sides of the blade generously with lubricant.|
Carefully work the edge of the blade under one corner
of the sticky tape. Be sure the blade is between the tape
and the surface.
|Work the blade back and forth, slowly moving under the strips.|
You're spreading lubricant under the adhesive. If you feel your blade catch
or stick pull it out and spray on more lubricant. Don't be shy about the oil.
|Success! A little more lubricant or something like Goof-Off will take the rest of that off.|
|Clean off the lubricant. Bam, the door has been saved from damage.|
I used this on a half dozen old and new Command hooks throughout the house, and one very old hook that pre-dated Command strips and was on with 3-M permanent foam adhesive squares. I'm using my Command Strips with more confidence, knowing that I can get them off even if the tabs break off. Oh, you can almost always get coupons for Command products over on the Command website.
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