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Getting those annoying little bits out of velcro...

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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BennifredBennifred Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
... does anyone have any hints about removing the bits that clog up velcro and stop it from gripping? The arm cushions on my sofas are (or rather used to be :rolleyes: ) held in place by velcro which over the years has become clogged, so cushions won't stay on - very irritating! It is the bit on the sofa which is in need of attention, the cushion cover goes in the wash. Have tried clothes brush, sticky tape and lots of sighing!
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    I thought about drawing another piece of velcro through it to hopefully drag out some of the fluff. The quote below isn't quite your solution but it might be the best you can do...
    Q: My gym bag closes with a strip a velcro and one side of the velcro is full on lint and his bag won't stay closed. What's the trick to getting the lint off velcro so it'll stick again?

    A: We turned to velcro USA, the manufacturer of the hook and loop fastener commonly known as velcro And it says the best way to clean velcro is with another piece of velcro. It says take the rough or hook part and draw it rapidly through the lint-filled side and this will raise the trapped debris which you can pull out with your hands.
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  • bonvonniebonvonnie Forumite
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    how about needle and thread, run it through the lines of the velcro. i've done that before, on small bits of velcro on clothing, but i guess you have alot to do.
  • try https://www.tipking.com for free advise... what about running a comb over the bobbles?
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  • Thank you all for those suggestions - guess how I'll be spending my Sunday?! Will let you know which method is the most effective :beer:
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  • marybmaryb Forumite
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    tweezers - when there's something good on television
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  • maryb wrote:
    tweezers - when there's something good on television

    :rotfl: You sound as though you're speaking from experience! But how did you watch TV and look what you were doing at the same time?? Maybe a talking book would be the answer :D
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  • Try a Suede brush - Worked for me - But do NOT go daft at it or you end up with no Velcro
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    I've got a plastic Barbie dolls hairbrush. Brush that through the velcro and it pulls all the bits out.
    Here I go again on my own....
  • OK people, we have progress! Very slow and laborious, but definite progress! The using-another-piece-of -velcro method helps, and does the suede brush, then finish off with needle or tweezers. No one method seems to be perfect on its own, but hey! they all cause an improvement, so thanks to all who took the trouble to post. Must get back to it, now....... :D

    Oh, and Becles, I only have boys and Action Man didn't come with a hairbrush, unfortunately :rolleyes: and I thought he was supposed to be ready for anything! :rotfl:
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  • marybmaryb Forumite
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    Bennifred wrote:
    :rotfl: You sound as though you're speaking from experience! But how did you watch TV and look what you were doing at the same time?? Maybe a talking book would be the answer :D


    Dh can never resist flicking between channels so i got used to never seeing all of a programme!!
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
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