How to Remove Adhesive Hooks from Wall Without Damaging Paint

how to remove adhesive hooks from wall without damaging paint

One of the most useful tools to have around the house is sticky hooks. They attach to a variety of surfaces, including painted drywall, wood, glass, and tiles, and they’re perfect for organizing and decorating without nails or screws.

However, removing sticky hooks without damaging paint or tiles is a recurring concern. If you have unintentionally ripped a Hook’s pull tab off, there is no need to worry. You may still remove it without causing any damage to the painted wall. Well, it’s a lot easier than you think — keep reading for some tips.

How to Remove adhesive Hooks from Wall without damaging paint

1. Use Ice-cream Stick

Find something similar to an ice cream stick that is as wide as the sticky hook but not as long as the tab below it. Pull the stick up on both ends and push it in against the hook from below until it pops out of place.

When using an ice cream stick, make sure you pull against all four sides of the sticky hook from below. The stick will hold the hook in place while you press against it from below. As you draw upward for the last explosion, press and tug on both ends, and you’ll be able to rip it off without hurting it.

2. Use Meat Cleaver

Cut the hook straight up and down against the wall using a hefty, sharp knife like a meat cleaver. Along the knife’s edge so the hook should split and come off without any damage.

3. Use Staple Remover

Find a staple remover, which has a handle on one end for hammering down staples and an angled head on the other end for pounding flat surfaces such as tiles and wood. To disperse the tool’s weight, open both ends. Stroke it forcefully against the hook from below to pop it out; or do it in multiple little strokes spaced evenly to break up any adhesive that may be keeping it in place.

4. Use a Screwdriver

This one is a great tip for getting rid of a sticky hook without any damage to the wall as it uses gravity. Use a screwdriver to push the hook. Find a small, flat screw that can be used to spread the hook’s adhesive. Use it to break off pieces of the hook’s surface. The more you can break it off, the less adhesion there will be between the hook and the wall. From there slowly take it away from the wall and gently pull it up. Instead of falling straight down with gravity, the hook will pull out of position at an angle by the other end.

5. Use Metal Punch

Locate a metal punch or other tiny instrument that may be used to safely break up paint or other adhesives. Push the tool down the hook, breaking down any glue keeping it in place, and smoothing off parts of the hook.

6. Use Metal Screw

Look for a little flat screw that may be used to distribute the glue on the hook. Break off bits of the hook’s surface with it. The more you can tear off, the less adhesion between the hook and the wall there will be.

7. Use Hammer and Nail

Find something small enough in diameter, like a nail, so that when you pound it into position, it doesn’t travel all the way through both layers of your wall. This nail should have just enough room beneath it for you to insert an ice cream stick or another sturdy item underneath it, possibly one of the metal punches or screws discussed before.

Using a nail in this manner allows you to drive that bit of metal into the sticky hook from below with your hammer. The upward pressure from above will assist pop up the hook in one or two locations where you may catch it and pull it out with both hands.

8. Use an Ice Pick

This procedure works best with tiny hooks that haven’t been glued. From below, gently tap a sharp ice pick (or similar instrument) into the hook’s aperture, then pull up on the ice pick to pop open the hook’s head. When removing the hook, be very careful not to punch a hole in your wall or do any other harm.


Finally, removing a sticky hook from a wall is a fairly simple operation, if you follow the above tips and hacks. If you are still not confident about it we strongly advise looking for expert help. Above all, make sure to take all the safety measures when attempting to remove the adhesive hook from wall without damaging paint.

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