Versatile and effective as a high-quality fastener, Velcro tape is designed to support various applications, from household DIY projects to professional and even medical purposes.
It’s important that you know how to install Velcro on a variety of different surface types correctly. This way, you can ensure that items are as secure as possible with the best chance of standing the test of time.
Want to know how to install Velcro tape? Here’s your quick and easy guide.
Clean dry your surface
Whether you are installing Velcro on a wall, a table, a plastic item, or even a piece of fabric, you need to ensure that your surface is clean and dry before you begin.
Carefully remove dirt to enhance Velcro adhesion, and clean any dust or residue that may impact stick. Thoroughly dry your chosen surface before attempting to apply Velcro tape.
Peel Velcro tape
Remove the protective backing off one Velcro strip – either the hook side or the loop side. This will reveal an adhesive surface.
Once you have removed this protective sheet, be careful not to touch the stick side or stick Velcro to any unwanted surface, as this may reduce the effectiveness of adhesion.
Press Velcro to surface
Carefully identify where you want your Velcro tape to sit. When doing so, press the tape – of either the hook or loop side – to the wall so that the adhesive part of the tape can stick in place.
Press down on the Velcro strip, and ensure it sits completely flat with no evidence of peeling or air bubbles that may negatively impact stability.
Place second strip
Repeat this process to attach Velcro to the other surface you’re working with, using the tape’s opposite side – hooked or looped –.
Press down, and flatten the tape until it holds well with no air bubbles or peeling that may compromise adhesion quality.
Wait a while
Place your Velcro tape carefully, and give the tape time to rest and stabilise before attempting to fasten anything, ensuring that the fastener is set in place.
Waiting 24 hours before attaching Velcro strips can help to optimise adhesion and reduce the likelihood that Velcro will come undone.
While the above steps are the most common for using Velcro tape, there are some other solutions that you might consider, especially if you’re working with a surface that could limit adhesion.
On some surfaces, the adhesive side of Velcro tape may fail to stick in place or feel unstable. This is especially true for fabric and other material applications.
In these instances, it is possible to improve Velcro’s reliability. Instead of using the tape’s adhesion, you can sew Velcro strips to ensure they won’t move.
Similarly, you may be able to iron on Velcro strips or even superglue tape to fix it in place.
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