1. Command™ Hooks & Strips
How To Use Command™ Strips and Hooks

How To Use Command™ Strips and Hooks

Get the most out of Command™ Products with product instructions, demonstrations and frequently asked questions.

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  • Damage-free hanging surfaces

    Command™ Products are an easy, affordable and innovative solution for decorating and organising all around the home, school or office. They hold strongly and remove cleanly using 3M stretch-release technology. Command™ adhesive holds strongly to a variety of surfaces including solid, hollow and painted walls. They’re easily and cleanly removed – no cracks, holes, damaged plaster or sticky residue. Perfect for rented accommodation where you may be worried about harming surfaces.


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Picture Hanging Strips

Command™ Picture Hanging Strips make decorating quick and easy. One click tells you Picture Hanging Strips are locked in and holding tight. Best of all, when you are ready to take down or move your pictures, they come off cleanly—no nail holes, cracked plaster or sticky residue.

  • Woman applying strips to picture

    A step-by-step walkthrough of the proper way to apply Command™ Picture Hanging Strips so they'll work as expected.
    Key tip: You must wait 1 hour before hanging.

  • Woman removing command strip

    Learn the proper way to remove Command™ Picture Hanging Strips so they won't damage your wall.
    Key tip: Stretch straight down, slowly.

To apply

Important tips to follow when applying Command™ Picture Hanging Strips: Wait 7 days after painting before use. Remove hanging hardware from back of frame. Do not hang over beds. Do not use on wallpapers, vinyl surfaces or other delicate or weak surfaces. Do not hang valuable items. Use indoors +10°C to +40°C. Failure to follow instructions carefully may cause damage.

  • don’t use household cleaners

    First, clean the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol by wiping gently. Don't use household cleaners like wipes or sprays because they leave behind a slippery residue.

  • press two strips together

    Separate the strips. Press two strips together until they click.

  • remove one of the green liners

    Remove one of the green liners and press onto the frame. Repeat with the other pairs of strips as shown above. Place the lower pair of strips about 2/3 down from the top of the frame. Check your package for the correct weight limits.

  • remove the remaining liners

    Remove the remaining liners and press frame on the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for 30 seconds.

  • remove the frame

    To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall. Don't pull straight off. Now, press the strips that remained on the wall for 30 seconds. Make sure to press the entire strip.

  • wait 1 hour

    Wait 1 hour before reattaching the frame. Line up the strips on the frame with the strips on the wall. Press until each pair of strips click and lock in place.

To remove
  • remove the frame by grabbing the bottom

    Remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall. Don't pull straight off.

  • peel the strip

    Remember to never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall. Always pull straight down as slow as you can.

  • when removing the strip

    Slowly stretch the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go. Keep stretching up to 30 cm until the hook releases from the strip.

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Hooks

Command™ Hooks are available in a wide range of designs to match your individual style and decor. They also come in a variety of sizes and hold a surprising amount of weight.

  • Woman applying hook to wall

    A step-by-step walkthrough of the proper way to apply Command™ Hooks so they'll stay up.
    Key tip: You must wait 1 hour before hanging.

  • Woman removing hook from wall

    Learn the proper way to remove Command™ Hooks so they won't damage your wall.
    Key tip: Stretch straight down, slowly.

To apply a 2-Piece Hook

Important tips to follow when applying Command™ Hooks: Do not hang over beds. Do not use on wallpapers, vinyl surfaces or other delicate or weak surfaces. Do not hang valuable items. Use indoors +10°C to +40°C. Failure to follow instructions carefully may cause damage.

  • first clean

    First, clean the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol by wiping gently. Don't use household cleaners like wipes or sprays because they leave behind a slippery residue.

  • separate the strips and remove the red liner.

    Separate the strips and remove the red liner. Press the strip onto the backside of the hook.

  • press against the wall

    Now press the hook firmly against the wall for about 30 seconds. The harder you press, the stronger the adhesive bond will be.

Do you have a small one-piece hook without a base?
If yes, skip the remaining steps, but don't forget to wait 1 hour before hanging.

  • slide the hook up and off

    In order to get the adhesive to really stick, you need to slide the hook up and off the mounting base.

  • press firmly against the wall

    Now press the base firmly against the wall for 30 more seconds.

  • slide the hook back on

    Slide the hook back on. Wait 1 hour before hanging anything on the hook. This allows the adhesive bond to reach maximum strength. Check your package for the correct weight limits.

To remove
  • reveal the mounting base and strip

    If you don't see the Command® Strip poking out the bottom of your hook, then slide the hook up to reveal the mounting base and strip.

  • hold the base gently

    Hold the base gently in place (so it doesn't snap your fingers!), but don't press it against the wall.

  • always pull straight down

    Remember to never pull the strip towards you. Always pull straight down as slow as you can.

  • slowly strech the strip down

    Slowly stretch the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go. Keep stretching up to 30 cm until the hook releases from the strip.

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Hooks with Clear Strips

Hooks with clear strips blend in seamlessly allowing you to show what matters most, your decor, not how it's hung up.

  • Hanging plant in clear command hook

    A step-by-step walkthrough of the proper way to apply Clear Command™ Hooks so they'll work as expected.
    Key tip: You must wait 1 hour before hanging.

  • removing clear command hook

    Learn the proper way to remove Clear Command™ Hooks.
    Key tip: stretch straight down, slowly.

To apply
  • clean with

    Clear strips work best on smooth surfaces. Clean with isopropyl rubbing alcohol by wiping gently. Don't use household cleaners like wipes or sprays because they leave behind a slippery residue.

  • separate strips

    Separate the strips and remove the black liner—it's the one marked "Wall Side". Now press the strip directly onto the wall where you want to hang your hook. Press along the entire strip for 30 seconds.

  • remove the blue liner

    Finally, remove the blue liner and press the hook onto the strip firmly for about 30 seconds. The harder you press, the stronger the adhesive bond will be. Wait 1 hour before hanging anything on the hook. This allows the adhesive bond to reach maximum strength. Check your packaging for the correct weight limits.

To remove
  • hold the hook gently in place

    Hold the hook gently in place (so it doesn't snap your fingers!) but don't press it against the wall.

  • never pull the strip towards you

    Remember to never pull the strip towards you. Always pull straight down as slow as you can.

  • stretch up to 15 inches

    Slowly stretch the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go. Keep stretching up to 30 cm until the hook releases from the strip.

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