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How To Clean Velcro

Updated on December 9, 2013

Clean Velcro Everywhere!

I can't believe how much velcro is in our house! Shoes, toys, clothes, bags ... it seems that the uses are endless. No wonder. It is very easy and safe for little fingers and hands to use.

It is astonishing how filthy velcro can become. Hair (of both human and pet variety), fluff and dirt gets stuck and seems impossible to remove. If you use a clothes dryer, velcro will attract and catch bits of thread and fluff. Eventually, clogging of the velcro prevents it working properly.

After much experimentation, I have discovered that the easiest way by far to clean velcro is to comb it gently with a fine toothed comb. A doll's comb or an eyebrow comb is ideal, however, many normal combs also have a fine toothed end. As an alternative, use the teeth on a clear tape dispenser as a comb.

For any sticky or grubby residue, rub with a little liquid soap or dishwashing liquid.

If the velcro is damaged or fraying, new velcro is cheap to buy. Depending on the item, it is normally quite easy to replace.

Other Velcro Cleaning Ideas

As velcro has so many uses, perhaps my method might not exactly suit your needs.

Here are some other velcro cleaning ideas to try:

  • Use a special velcro cleaning brush.
  • Use a cleaning tool specifically designed for velcro.
  • Remove hair and fluff with your fingers.
  • Use a needle, pin, toothpick or similar. Place the tip between the rows and gently lift up anything stuck to the velcro.
  • Use an old, dry toothbrush to gently brush the velcro clean.
  • Remove lint, fluff and hair with tweezers.
  • Use a lint roller to remove dirt.
  • Do all velcro up before laundering or drying to help prevent build up.


How Velcro Works

Before you undertake cleaning velcro on something valuable, it's worth understanding how it works.

Velcro is usually made from polyester or nylon. One side is covered with a series of soft hooks, while the other is covered with thinner, softer loops. When you put both sides together, the loops are caught by the hooks, making it stick. When you pull the sides apart, the hooks release the threads without damage.

The idea for velco came in 1948 when a Swiss mountaineer and inventor named George de Mestral observed the way that burrs stuck to his dog's coat.


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      Kym Amos 6 years ago

      What about using a velcro cleaning tool such as The Lintscoop? It is actually designed so as not to damage the hooks and for convenience can be attached to your belt or jacket.