How to Clean Velcro

How to Clean VelcroVelcro is a great tool for kids, campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for an easy way to access pockets, backpacks and shoes. It also keeps your hands relatively free from tying and untying a child's shoes. But when the connection starts to wear down and Velcro attracts dust, fuzz and other things, it needs a good cleaning to work like new again.


Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:
  • Tweezers
  • Wire brush or comb
  • Dry toothbrush
  • Piece of Velcro
  • Soap
  • Water
Step 1
Pull fuzz, threads, dirt and any excess materials off the Velcro with your fingers. Most of the debris should come off easily and no further steps are necessary.
Step 2
Use a pair of tweezers to dig out smaller matter that seems to be obstructing your Velcro connection. Grab excess dirt and fuzz out of the hooks and small grooves you couldn't reach with your hands.
Step 3
Take a wire brush or fine comb and gently rake it across the Velcro to pull out excess dirt and fuzz.
Step 4
Use a dry toothbrush to work out debris between Velcro grooves. Don't overwork the brush. The goal is to get the Velcro working efficiently again. Over-cleaning could break down the material and keep it from working properly.
Step 5
Take another piece of Velcro and place it over the material you're trying to clean. Keep pulling it off and replacing it until the Velcro comes clean.
Step 6
Wash the Velcro with soap and water and use the old toothbrush to work out debris.

Tips & Warnings

Velcro doesn't need to be completely clean. If it's working well and the debris is not too unsightly, leave it alone.

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