How to Quickly Clean Velcro & Make It Sticky Again

Say so long to fuzzy, fluffy, linty velcro and hello to a satisfying clean velcro strip

Published April 20, 2023
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Nothing is as brilliant, easy to use, and timesaving as velcro - until those little hoops and loops are clogged with lint, hair, and who even knows what else. Unwrinkle that forehead and take a breath. These tips, tricks, and velcro cleaning hacks are as easy as, well, using velcro!

How to Easily Clean Velcro Strips

When it comes time to clean lint out of velcro strips, this is all you need. Be it velcro on walking boots, shoes, sports equipment, or jackets.

No, you don't need to block off an entire afternoon on your calendar to get this job done. Although, if you want to keep your phone on do not disturb, that secret is safe with us.


  • Lint roller
  • Packing tape
  • Toothbrush or other small firm-bristled rush
  • Tape dispenser
  • Sewing needle
  • Tweezers
  • Fine-toothed comb


  1. Start by using strips of tape or the lint roller to pull off the easy, low-hanging proverbial fruit such as lint and looser debris from the velcro.
  2. Run the brush through the velcro to remove the more stubborn debris.
  3. Using the sharp cutting edge of the tape dispenser, carefully brush the velcro.
  4. Using a sewing needle or tweezers, work your way through the velcro, loosening the materials.
  5. Run a fine-toothed comb through the velcro, wiggling and weaving to loosen anything.
Quick Tip

Feel free to repeat any of the earlier steps with the roller and brush to remove and loosen debris as you work through the velcro.

How to Clean Your Hair or Pet Hair Out of Velcro

Nothing catches and collects hair like the duo of shower drains and velcro. Since hair breaks so much quicker than lint and stray pieces of string, these tips will help you turn your velcro hair ball into regular velcro.


  • Tape dispenser, preferably packing tape
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Firm toothbrush or other hard bristled brush
  • Tape or tweezers
  • Another velcro strip


  1. Slowly and repeatedly comb the jagged edge of the tape dispenser through the velcro, removing any loosened hairs with tweezers or tape.
  2. Repeat with a fine-toothed comb, removing loosened hairs.
  3. Bring in another hooked velcro strip to loosen the hairs for removal.
  4. For any remaining hairs, use tweezers to remove them.

How to Wash Velcro

First and foremost, follow any cleaning instructions for the material the velcro is attached to, such as cleaning velcro on a walking boot or another medical brace. Of course, if it's just the velcro itself, things are quite a bit more straightforward.


  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Toothbrush


  1. After combing, tweezing, and brushing the velcro, you can give it a wash.
  2. Mix a few drops of laundry detergent or dish soap with a few cups of warm water.
  3. Using a toothbrush, or another similar brush, scrub the velcro.
  4. Repeat until clean.
  5. If the garment or object is washable, wash as instructed. Otherwise, allow the velcro to air dry.

Tips on How to Make Velcro Stick Again - And Keep It Clean

Allow these tips to keep your velcro sticking together like two peas in a pod.

  • Roll, brush, and tweeze any lint, hair, and fluffy bits out of your velcro often or whenever you see little bits start to accumulate.
  • Give your velcro a spritz of anti-static spray to help keep the lint at bay
  • Whenever you don't have the velcro in use, keep those two pieces together!
  • This also means fastening them together whenever you put anything with velcro through the wash. Hello, winter jackets.
Helpful Hack

If all else fails with your velcro, clean hooks with hooks! Bring another velcro strip into the mix, pressing the pair together and pulling apart until your original velcro strip is debris free.

Making It Stick Again

From shoes, to fasteners for hanging frames, to boots, to gymnastics grips, velcro is a staple. Once it fails to stick, it's a dark day. Let the sun shine again with these velcro cleaning hacks. Sunny, sticky days are here again.

How to Quickly Clean Velcro & Make It Sticky Again