How to wash velcro

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Velcro is a super handy material that makes it easy to tighten or remove articles of clothing on the fly. Velcro is especially handy if you have children or pets that try to squirm away as you dress them. Most people are familiar with the concept of velcro but many are not familiar with best practices for cleaning velcro.

In this article we discuss the best ways to clean velcro. We answer two broad categories of questions about velcro. First we discuss how to clean the velcro snaps themselves and remove built up fuzz. After this, we discuss how to clean garments that have velcro components. Can you put sweatshirts with velcro snaps in the dryer? Can you expose them to water at all? We answer all of these questions and more. 

How do you wash velcro?

  • The easiest way to remove fuzz from velcro by running a safety pin or the pointy part of a paper clip over it. It can also be useful to use a toothbrush or a spare piece of velcro you do not use. 
  • You can put garments that contain velcro components in the washing machine and most types of laundry detergent are velcro safe.
  • Avoid the use of hot water when you wash velcro and avoid putting velcro in the dryer. 
  • If you are washing a garment that contains velcro snaps you should make sure all of the snaps are closed before putting the garment in the wash.
How to wash velcro

How do you make velcro sticky again?

How do you make velcro sticky again? The short answer is that you should remove excess fuzz and debris that has been picked up by the velcro to make it sticky again. The longer answer is that you need to look at your velcro and determine why it is no longer sticky. There are two main reasons that velcro can lose its stickiness. One can be resolved rather quickly and the other takes a more extensive repair. 

Velcro is made of two different components – a thicker, more sturdy component that forms hooks and a softener component with loops of fabric that he hooks can catch on to. When velcro is repeatedly stuck together and unstuck the hooks that hold the velcro together can tear the loops they were holding onto. If most of your loops on the soft side of the velcro are torn then there is nothing for the side with the hooks to hold on to and the velcro will lose its stick. If the loops are all torn then the only way to fix your garment is to sew on a new patch of velcro. 

Just because your velcro has lost its stickiness that does not mean that the loops on the soft part of the velcro are all broken. Velcro can also lose its stickiness if a lot of outside fuzz gets caught up on the sturdier hook side of the velcro. This extra fuzz can prevent the hooks from grabbing on to the loops on the other side of the velcro. This problem is easy to solve – you just need to remove the excess fuzz from the velcro. 

How do you get fuzz off of velcro?

How do you remove excess fuzz from velcro? The easiest way to remove excess fuzz from velcro is by coming over the cook side of the velcro with a long thin tool. A safety pin would work well, as well as an unfolded paperclip. As you run through the hook side of the velcro the tool will catch onto the fuzz and lift it off of the velcro. 

You can also try to remove fuzz from velcro with a spare piece of velcro that you are not using or by brushing the velcro with a toothbrush. These methods are not quite as effective as using a long thin tool but they will provide some relief from the fuzz. 

Can velcro be sanitized?

Can velcro be sanitized? Yes, velcro can be sanitized. Most types of soaps and detergents can be used on velcro to sanitize it. 

Can you put velcro in the washing machine?

Can you put garments with velcro in the washing machine? Yes, you can put garments with velcro components in the washing machine. You should take two precautions to make sure that the velcro does not get damaged. Before you put your garments in the washing machine you should make sure that the velcro snaps are snapped closed. This will prevent the velcro from snagging on other garments. You should also be sure to wash the velcro in cool or warm water. Do not use hot water on velcro as velcro is generally made of a plastic that may deform at high temperatures. 

Can you use laundry detergent on velcro?

Can you use laundry detergent on garments with velcro? Yes, you can use laundry detergent on velcro. You should be able to use just about any type of laundry detergent with velcro.

Does water affect velcro?

Does water affect velcro? No, water does not affect velcro much. You should be able to get velcro wet without experiencing any negative consequences, 

Can you wash velcro in hot water?

Can you wash velcro in hot water? No you can not wash velcro in hot water. Velcro is made of a plastic based material and it may melt or deform if washed in hot water. 

Can you put velcro in the dryer?

Can you put velcro in the dryer? You should avoid putting garments that contain velcro in the dryer. If you do put velcro garments in the dryer you should make sure to put the dryer on the coolest setting. Velcro is generally made with plastic based materials that can deform in high heat.

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