How to Get 3M Command Tape Off the Wall

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How to Get 3M Command Tape Off the Wall
Hanging decorative items on the wall is easy with 3M Command Tape (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

3M Command Tape is a product that allows you to hang pictures and other items without damaging the wall. This tape is effective on many surfaces, including painted, stained or varnished wood, glass, tile and more. As easy as 3M Command Tape is easy to put up, it's just as easy to take down. Even if you break the tape, there's a trick you can use to remove it. Making this product a good choice if you don't want to use nails or conventional picture hangers.

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Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • Dental floss

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  1. 1

    Grab the hook with one hand. Don't press against the hook base, just hold onto it. Grab the 3M Command Tape strip with the other hand. Pull and stretch the tape straight down. The hook should release from the wall without leaving any residue.

  2. 2

    Plug a hair dryer in, if you need to remove a 3M Command Strip that has a broken tape strip. Set it to "Medium" heat. Hold the dryer over the base of the hook for approximately 20 to 30 seconds to soften the glue.

  3. 3

    Cut off a 1-foot-long piece of dental floss. Wrap the ends around your forefingers on each hand like you are about to floss your teeth.

  4. 4

    Hold the dental floss above the hook base of the 3M Command Strip, right next to the wall. Pull the floss down and see-saw it back and forth to work it in behind the base. Continue to pull the floss down through the tape to release it from the wall. If any of the strip tape remains, pull it off with your fingers.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't pull the tape strip toward you when you are attempting to remove it from the wall, pull it down.

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