Technique: How to Lubricate a Zipper
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Lubricate your zipper to keep it from sticking, oxidizing, or jamming.
- Author: Brittany McCrigler
- Time estimate: 5 minutes
- Difficulty: Very easy
The most common reason zippers get stuck is that dirt and debris often lodges in the zipper slider. Cleaning and lubricating your zipper helps to extend its life and prevents sticking, oxidizing, and jamming. The procedure we describe here works for both coil zippers and plastic tooth zippers. Lubricate your zipper after you’ve been in a dusty, dirty or wet environment.
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Lay your garment on a table.
If you can, unzip the zipper.
Using the brush located on top of the Zip Care bottle, or simply using a nylon brush, work the dirt and debris off of the zipper coil or the teeth of the zipper.
Pinch the slider in your fingers, so that you can see into the area where the coil rests.
Use the brush to free any dirt or debris caught inside the slider.
Twist open the Zip Care.
Gently squeeze the bottle as you slide the brush along the teeth or coil of the zipper to apply the lubricant.