How to unbind a spiral bind book

Updated April 17, 2017

Spiral binding is one of several different types of binding options for books. It benefits from being cheap, tidy looking and effective. However, if the spirals need to be removed, this activity is easy to complete.

Place the bound book on the flat surface and place a heavy object, such as a book, on top of the pages, leaving the spirals exposed. This step will keep the bound book in place while you work to remove the spirals.

Look for the top end of the spiral binding and locate where it has been crimped to prevent the pages from falling out of the bound book. Using a pair of needle nose pliers, grab and straighten the crimped portion of binding.

Cut away the now straight portion of binding using a pair of scissors.

Go to the bottom end of the spiral binding to determine which way the binding has been threaded through the holes in the spine of the notebook.

Holding the spiral binding at the bottom, twist it in the opposite direction from how it was threaded. Continue to thread the binding downwards until the cut end has passed through all of the holes and the binding has been completely removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flat surface
  • Heavy book
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Matt Waldram began writing in 2006 when he set up and ran an online magazine called And Cream. The magazine ran until 2009. Waldram is also a freelance writer for online magazines such as Environmental Graffiti, IMAGINOX and He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in business studies from Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K.