We have a new house and I wanted to decorate it beautifully for Christmas but I was forbidden from using nails or staples to hang anything. Thanks to Command strips, I was able to hang up everything I wanted and I did not make a single hole.
The 2 main things I needed to hang were some garlands one of which was going across a 12 foot length of woodwork in one room and another that was going across 3 windows in another room. I was amazed at the selection and different types of Command products there were on display when we went to the store to get some. There are products made for specific tasks many of which are geared towards the holidays like stocking hangers and light strips and others that can be used for a variety of everyday uses like hanging pictures or posters. For our garlands we choose hooks that stated they would hold 1/2 a pound each.
The package we bought contained 18 clear hooks and 24 adhesive strips. To use them, you simple take a strip and apply one side to the hook and then press the other side to the surface where you are sticking it. They immediately hold in place securely. When it's time to remove them, you simply pull the tab on the strip and off they come with no damage or residue left behind.
I was worried about them holding up the one of the garlands because it was very long, heavy and was being stretched very tight. We ended up using a few more of the hooks than we had originally planned but when we did, they worked like a charm. They have been holding it up for over a week now with no problems even with fluctuating temperatures in the house.
It will be another month before we go to take them down and hopefully they will come off as clean as expected but I must say they are defiantly worth the money. I love to save money and I downloaded some coupons from the Command adhesive web site Commandstrips.com.
Update On Jan 25, 2010: We are moving a little slow this year but finally got around to taking the hooks down yesterday. They all came off clean with no damage to the paint or the surface under it but we did have a problem with 3 of them where the tape tab you pull to release them broke off when we pulled it. We had to then pry them off which resulted in 2 of the 3 breaking but there was no damage to the surface under it. I will definatly be using these again and the good thing is all we have to do next year is purchased the new tabs and not the hooks which will be less expensive.
Update On Apr 04, 2010: For my daughters sweet 16 party we rented the clubhouse in our neighborhood. We were not allowed to leave any damage on the walls so we used command adhesive hooks to hang a number of the decorations including a large banner. Once again they worked perfectly but this time we did not break any when we took them down.