I want to have a towel holder in the bathroom without drilling. If I use those self-adhesive racks on tiles would they create a problem to the tile? Does it depend on the type of tile? In my case it is those shiny ones (not sure how they are called)

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    Unless you are especially delicate with the towel rack, this is not going to work very well. To be clear, the issue will not be damage to the tile, rather it's whether it will hold at all
    – Jeffrey
    Jul 7, 2022 at 17:15
  • @Jeffrey: is there any other solution/approach then? I was concerned what happens to the tile when I strip the rack
    – Jim
    Jul 7, 2022 at 17:17
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    Assume that any towel bar is also a grab bar. Minimum is really good hollow wall anchors. Far preferable is screws into studs. Jul 7, 2022 at 17:34
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    Answers below pretty much capture it, but there are free standing towel racks if you're desperate. Jul 7, 2022 at 20:04
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    If used just as a towel rack/holder, adhesive should be fine. Problem is it weak if it used to prevent a slip/fall.
    – crip659
    Jul 7, 2022 at 20:25

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You're probably fine.

If I use those self-adhesive racks on tiles would they create a problem to the tile? In my case it is those shiny ones

It sounds like you have glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles. The glaze is glass so if some adhesive residue is left behind then it can easily be cleaned with a cleaner/solvent like Goo-Gone, Windex, acetone, brake cleaner, orange citrus, etc...

If you had a porous tile like granite with no glaze for some forsaken reason then I do not recommend putting adhesive on it.


Self adhesive towel rack will not damage the tile, but it will leave gunk, that can be scraped off.

How long will it hold?

Who knows ?

If the tiles are mirror like surface it will hold longer than if they are rough.

  • For scrapping what should be used to avoid damage to the tile? The tiles are shiny ones
    – Jim
    Jul 7, 2022 at 17:39
  • @Jim be careful with chemicals, they can stain, specially citrus based. For scraping use a plastic putty knife.
    – Traveler
    Jul 7, 2022 at 17:45

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