Protecting and caring for VELCRO® Brand products will help maintain their strength and gripping power and extend the life of the product. This is especially true for apparel closures that are left exposed for extended periods of time or that are subject to repeated machine washing and drying.
Cleaning VELCRO® Brand hook surfaces
Over time, the hook surface can pick up lint and other debris that can affect its ability to grip the loop surface. Cleaning debris out of the hooks is similar to cleaning hairbrushes – and using a stiff brush or another piece of hook are the best methods. It can take some effort because the hooks in the tape are designed to grab. The optimal solution is prevention: the hook portion should be covered at all times, so it does not grab onto anything it should not – like a blanket or hair. Always engage the hook and loop before washing.
Removing adhesive residue
If you peel an adhesive-backed product from its surface, some adhesive residue may remain. We recommend using a citrus-based cleaner to remove any remaining adhesive. There are several commercially available, as well as a product called Goo Gone® from Magic American Corporation of Cleveland, ,OH. For thick adhesive you may need some elbow grease to get the residue off. We advise that you spot test any remover before using and always clean off the surface after using any cleaner.