Velcro(r) is among those unique products that is so famous that it’s become a popular noun similar to “kleenex” and “levi’s.” However, Velcro isn’t a typical noun. It’s actually its name for the company which invented and patented hook-and-loop fasteners during the 1950s.
Hook-and-loop fasteners last a long time and, once both ends are squeezed together, they create an amazing seal that remains fixed until you take it apart. It also attracts and holds onto things like lint, fuzz as well as pet hair. The debris can affect the seal . If you don’t clean your Velcro, it eventually loses its stickiness.
Making Velcro stick does not require rocket scientists (although the process of inventing it certainly was). Here’s how to get rid of all the fuzz out of Velcro and get rid of lint, hair, and other things that stop it from sticking as well.
How to Remove Lint From VELCRO Fasteners
Remove Lint With a Toothbrush
A hard-bristled, stiff-bristled brush or a small detail brush to get rid of lint that is trapped within the fibers. On an even surface, make quick, short strokes using the toothbrush to release the debris and lint. Move from one end of the fastener to other, lifting loose lint by using your fingers. Be sure to wash both the loop and hook edges of your fastener.
Use a Lint Roller
A good, sticky lint roll is able to remove dirt. Place your hook-and-loop fastener flat on the floor. begin from one end and work your way from the opposite end. Make sure you roll each side several times before altering the surface of the lint roller when needed.
Grab Some Sticky Tape
If you don’t own an lint roller or a piece of sticky wrapping or tape that wraps around your hands can also be used to remove any particles off the fastener. Move to an uncluttered area of the tape until the lint moves.
Use the Tape Dispenser Cutting Edge
As you take the tape removed and the saw-tooth cutting edge can also be very effective in removing dust. Make the dispenser turn to allow you to utilize the edge in quick, rapid strokes to pull out the particles. Pick the loose lint up using your fingers or some sticky tape.
Tweeze Away Lint
It’s a bit of a process, however, you can get rid of the lint by using flat or tilted-tipped the tweezers. Move from one end to the next and use both surfaces to tweeze the fixer.
Comb Out Lint
A comb with a fine tooth can be used in the same way as brush to get rid of the dust. A flat surface can make the task simpler.
Use Another Fastener to Clean the Hook Side
When the hooked (scratchy face) side is stuffed with lint, rub it against another hook piece to break up the particles. This is a good option if you are working in an errand. In the future you can give the pieces the benefit of a thorough cleaning.
How to Clean VELCRO and Remove Stains From VELCRO on Washable Garments
Remove the Lint
Make use of one of the methods for removing debris and lint from the loop and hook fastener.
Pretreat the Stained Fastener
Remove the stain from washable clothing with a dab an enzyme-based stain removal product or some laundry detergent prior to washing. Apply the stain remover by using your fingertips or a soft-bristled brush. Let the stain remover run for at minimum 10 minutes in order to break up the stain prior to washing your clothes.
Whiten Dingy Fasteners
If you notice that white fasteners appear unclean, mix a mixture of bleach based on oxygen and warm water, following the directions on the packaging. The entire garment should be submerged and let it soak for at minimum eight hours. The oxygen bleach won’t cause harm to the fabric nor any nylon fasteners.
Wash as Usual
Close the fasteners, and follow the care label’s directions for washing the garment.
How to Clean and Remove Stains From VELCRO on Non-washable Items
Remove Debris From the Fastener
Make use of one of the suggested ways to clean lint from the two edges of your fastener.
Mix a Cleaning Solution
In a small bowl mix one cup of warm water with some small drops of laundry soap.
Scrub With Toothbrush
Use a toothpick that is stiff in the cleaning solution , and then clean both the sides of your hook as well as the loop fastener. Be careful not to fill the surface with water. Also, keep a microfiber cloth nearby to collect drips.
Rinse With a Damp Cloth
A microfiber cloth (lint-free) in clean water and squeeze until it becomes it is slightly damp. Rinse the fasteners and wipe them off with the cloth.
By leaving the fastener unlocked let the fastener loose dry out in the air.
Tips to Keep VELCRO Clean Longer
- Always seal the fasteners fully after use to avoid getting clogged with debris.
- Close the fasteners prior to throwing them into the hamper for laundry or washing machine to keep out undesirable lint and snags.
- Clean fasteners by spraying them with some anti-static spray to remove lint.
- Remove any lint or debris from the fastener at a minimum each month.
The Bottom Line
I hope after reading this blog, you are now able to clean VELCRO. Please use the above method and share your experiences in the comment section. Thank You!