July 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
As a self-described geek, I couldn’t resist this pitch for Stick-Um hooks and organizers, “Using a thermoplastic elastomer imbued with our proprietary formula, we pack millions of microscopic suction cups so densely together that it feels smooth to the touch. The resulting effect is best described as “nano-suction”: When the material is pressed against a surface, the millions of miniature suction cups create a big vacuum, generating a strong suction hold.”
Nano-suction? Thermospastic elastomer? It was like listening to the technobabble in a Star Trek episode! (I love that stuff.) So in answer to the question, “Would you like to try them?” I responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes.”
Then my inner geek and inner organization freak got together for a high five.
They did not disappoint. I peeled the back off one and stuck it to the wall of my shower. Now my favorite body sponge hangs above the fray and drips dry into the shower. I even moved the hook around the shower wall a couple of times looking for the optimal spot (and challenging the nano-suction to fail). It restuck every time just the same as the first. And the colorful hook even looks cute in there.
I even let my teens take them to their rooms to help keep track of their stuff. My daughter is a notorious applier of stickers to furniture and walls. But these do no damage and are easy to remove. So she can stick away. Maybe it will help her–a little–with the astonishing mess she has hatched in there.
Best of all, when someone asks about them, I get to use the word, “nano-suction” and follow that up with “elastomer.”