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How can I fix Velcro?

Updated February 21, 2017

Generic hook-and-loop fastener tapes are often referred to by the Velcro brand name that made the fasteners popular. The fastener comes in various sizes and colours, and can be applied to an object or garment with glue or sewn into place. The ease of operation of this type of fastener makes it a welcome addition to child and adult clothing. After normal usage, sometimes Velcro fasteners begin to curl and peel away from an object, or the hooks and loops fail to grab and hold. Minor repairs to the hooks and loops can prolong the lifespan of your Velcro.

Fix peeling Velcro

Lift either side of the Velcro fastener tape. Examine how the tape is fixed to your object. The fuzzy side is the "loop" side, while he prickly side is the "hook" side. Tapes will be glued or sewn to the object. If the object is a shoe or something that originally affixed the Velcro with an industrial sewing machine, glue the tape rather than attempting to sew it.

Install a needle for sewing denim and heavier fabrics into your sewing machine. Follow the original stitch lines and restitch the Velcro. If you can't see the original stitch line, use a straight stitch, and sew about 3 to 6.5 mm (1/8 to 1/4 inch) from the outside edges of the Velcro tape. Reverse your machine and sew backward over the last 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) for strength.

Remove old glue from beneath the Velcro tape with your fingers or tweezers. According to Velcro brand fasteners, you should use a citrus-based cleaner to remove the adhesive. Apply the cleaner to a cotton ball, and scrub beneath the tape. When the glue is removed, allow the item to dry.

Apply a thin layer of urethane adhesive beneath the loose Velcro tape. Use a contact cement that dries flexible, not rigid. Press the tape firmly against the item, using caution since some glues will bond your skin. Allow the glue to cure for 24 hours or the suggested time on the product packaging.

Clean the Velcro strip

Brush the fuzzy side (the loop side) of the tape with a densely bristled brush, such as a nail brush, to fluff the loops. Sometimes the soft loop fabric becomes depressed, and there isn't enough bulk for the prickly hooks to grab.

Clean lint and threads from the prickly side (the hook side) by picking them from the individual hooks. Hair, threads, lint, and fuzz are attracted to the hook side of Velcro tape.

Use tweezers or a straight pin to lift packed hair and lint from the hook side of the Velcro.

Things You'll Need

  • Urethane glue
  • Sewing machine with denim needle
  • Thread
  • Tweezers
  • Citrus-based cleaner
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Brush
  • Straight pin
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About the Author

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.