Sticking Maps to Walls

If a mounted or framed map is out of your budget and you are looking for a better way to hang up your new wall map than the old standbys tape or thumbtacks, the Map Center recommends breakthrough technology: Adhesive backed Velcro. Here's why.

Ever notice how taped-up posters eventually fall down, yet a piece of tape by itself on the wall becomes impossible to remove? The adhesive on tape and stickers is unable to develop full bonding strength while stressed by bearing weight. It needs about a day to properly set. Follow these instructions for best results hanging maps with Velcro.

Clean the surfaces. Use one Velcro pair at each corner and every 2 feet or so along top edge. Join the pairs first. Peel the paper off the fuzzier sides and stick them to the back of the map. Peel the paper off the other sides of the pieces along the top edge and stick the map on the wall. Lift the bottom half of the map, peel the rest of the papers and lower the map so the rest of the spots stick to the wall. Now gently peel the Velcro pairs apart. Make sure all the adhesive backed pieces are firmly pressed in place. Put the map aside for a day to allow all the adhesive bonds to develop full strength, then return it to the wall. Now you can easily adjust, remove and replace your map, and when you move away the landlord might not even notice the little white Velcro spots left behind.

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