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When you move out of a rental, you need to do everything in your power to make the place look good as new lest you lose your security deposit. This means sweeping every last square foot of floor, cleaning every last countertop and, most importantly, making sure that all of holes in the wall are filled in and covered.
New renters especially often have no idea where to start when it comes to filling in all the holes made by screws and anchors. Thankfully, there is a product that makes it easy to cover up these holes — and it’s super affordable.
Shop: 3M High Strength Small Hole Repair, $6.97
Also available at Lowe’s
The 3M all-in-one small hole repair tool might look like just a bottle of drywall spackle, but it’s so much more than that. The bottle’s design also includes a putty knife, primer-enhanced spackle and sanding pad, so all you need is the tube to cover any hole up to 3″ in diameter.
Recently, TikTok user @renaenaa posted a video using the 3M small hole repair spackle on a hole in her wall. The video clearly resonated with users: In under 24 hours, it got nearly 3 million views and more than 303,000 likes.
Using just a few tools (including the 3M Small Hole Repair), @renaenaa fills a small hole in her wall and makes it look like it was never there.
First, she smooths the hole with the face of a hammer and then pushes it in. Next, she fills the hole with the 3M drywall spackle, scrapes it with the putty knife part of the tube, lets the spackle dry and sands it with the sanding pad. Finally, she paints over the hole with some white paint — and it’s as if the hole was never there.
“Using this method to cover all the push pin holes in my apartment walls,” one user said. “Thank you!”
“YES! That’s my secret weapon too,” another added.
“Thank you TikTok mom!” a third wrote. “I love you!”
On Walmart’s website, 95 percent of customers said that they would recommend the 3M Small Hole Repair to a friend. One reviewer noted that when they used the product, it “turned out wonderfully.”
“I am extremely happy with the product,” they wrote. “I put the cap back on, and have used it twice (over a couple of months), and it appears to last a lot longer than the typical small plastic containers. This is a great product!”
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