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I am trying to hang a mirror in the shower and it simply will not stay on the wall. It does not weigh more than a couple of pounds. There are two suction cups.

Things I've tried:

  • Cleaning the tile surface before attaching
  • Using water on the suction cups
  • Using soapy water on the suction cups
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If someone could create and add the "suction-cup" tag for me I would appreciate it. –  John Conde Jan 21 at 19:10
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Is "glue" not an acceptable answer for some reason? –  BRPocock Jan 22 at 6:02
    
@BRPocock Unless you know of a non-permanent glue or adhesive it would not be acceptable. It's for a condo that will eventually be rented out so the mirror will be there only temporarily. –  John Conde Jan 23 at 15:36
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This may be obvious, but for completeness I wanted to mention: make sure you're not spanning more than one tile with the suction cup since the gap between the tiles will prevent them from maintaining suction. –  Johnny Jan 24 at 22:53
    
@Johnny The OCD part of me never would have let that happen :) –  John Conde Jan 24 at 22:54
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I had this problem recently with a shower caddy from IKEA. It lasted for about four months, then I bumped it, and I couldn't get it to stay. I cleaned the tile and the suction cups without success. The caddy fell in 15 minutes after putting it up. I found that my problem was how I cleaned the suction cups. After I washed them, I dried them with a cloth. This left tiny fibers on the suction cup which affected the suction. I then tried to let the cups air dry after cleaning them, and now they suck!

Try to clean your cups really well and let them air dry before using.

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a layer of leftover soap scum on the tile or suction cups could be preventing the suction cups from sticking. Cleaning with vinegar or an appropriate cleaner might help.

Suction cups stick best when damp. However some suction cups are poorly made and will never stick well no matter what you do. You may just need to replace the suction cups with higher quality ones. the kinds that have a hinge stick best in my experience.

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