How to Remove 3M Command Adhesive Strips if the Release Tab Gets Ripped Off

by Michael on January 1, 2011 · 23 comments

I’m a big fan of 3M’s Command adhesive strips. If you’ve never used them, they’re great. They stick like crazy, but release without damage when you stretch them out by pulling the little release tab on the end.

We use Command adhesive hooks for a bunch of things, including hanging our Christmas stockings on the mantle shelf above our fireplace. After the holidays, we simply pull the tab to release the hooks without damaging the paint.

The hooks themselves are totally reusable. All we have to do is buy some replacement strips and we’re good to go. No muss, no fuss. Except when the little tab tears off, that is.

Unfortunately, when removing the hooks today, that’s exactly what happened. My wife successfully remove five of the six hooks, but she accidentally ripped the release tab off the last one.

While there was a small edge sticking out from under the hook, I couldn’t get ahold of it. I tried needle nose pliers, but the edge was too small. I was able to snag a small piece with tweezers, but it just ripped right off.

Unsure of how to proceed, I decided to try loosening it up with a hairdryer. Bingo! After about 30 seconds of heating and gentle tugging, the hook came loose without damaging the paint at all.

If you’re having trouble removing Command adhesive strips, I hope you find this helpful. If you have any other ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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