Suction Cups – Uses and Basis of Choice

The idea of using suction cups was first originated in the early 3rd century B.C. Also known as vacuum cups, it is widely used to hang decorative items and other accessories from windows, ceilings and other hard surfaces. It is widely used in offices, homes, cars and other places. Today it is easy to find a wide variety of suction cups of different designs and sizes to suit various purposes.

The suction cups are made of different materials including rubber and plastic. It is also made of silicone, polyurethane, nitrile and vinyl. Aluminum vacuum cups are also used for most of the industrial purposes.  

Choosing suction cups

Suction or vacuum cups should be chosen according to the materials, sizes, shapes and designs of the cups. As mentioned earlier, different materials are used to manufacture these cups. Vinyl cups are mostly used for small applications at home as it is quite inexpensive. Cups made of nitrile are durable and resistant to wear and tear. Silicone suction cups are ideal for high temperatures as it is quite durable and resistant to heat.

Suction cups also vary according to the shapes and designs of the cups. Some cups have mushroom heads and flat vacuum cups, paper cups which can be used for various purposes. It is necessary to choose these cups according to the specific requirements.

Usesof Suction Cups

Decorative purposes: It has a wide variety of uses and one of the most significant uses of the suction cup includes hanging decorative items at homes and offices.

Bathroom mats: It is used to stick bathroom rugs and mats in places so that it can be prevented from slipping.

Install glass plates: These cups are also useful in installing huge glass plates. Glass tables have suction cups placed beneath them to hold it in place.

Window screens: One of the most popular usages of these cups is to hold the window screens or shades in cars. It helps to block the harsh rays of the sun.

Apart from the above mentioned uses, suction cups are also used in toys as cup darts. It is also used to hang and hook posters, calendars and other items at homes and offices.


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