How do I fix a broken zipper on my backpack?

How do I fix a broken zipper on my backpack?

A backpack zipper can break in a variety of ways. It may get stuck due to bent teeth, the zipper teeth may get separated, or the slider may get stuck.

If your backpack’s zipper is damaged and won’t open, it can be repaired by adding graphite made from pencil or laundry soap, or candle wax. If the teeth are bent, they can be repaired with pliers. A damaged zipper can be repaired with a key ring or paper clip.

How do I fix a broken zipper on my backpack?

How to fix a backpack zipper

Most of the time, these problems can be solved with the tools available at home. Maybe the zipper needs some lubrication, or the teeth need to be straightened. In either case, there are a range of things you can do yourself to fix a broken zipper.

If your zipper feels damaged because it won’t move up or down, it’s most likely a lubrication problem. Graphite is one of the most effective things to use in case of a problem. How do you get graphite at home? It’s really as simple as using a double-ended pencil.

Rub it up and down onto the zipper. The goal is to get the graphite to the area where you are sticking to the zipper. After applying the graphite, you’re ready to get the zipper moving. If the problem is a simple lubrication issue, the zipper should loosen up in the first place and then you can move it.

Laundry Soap
If you find that a graphite bar doesn’t provide enough lubrication you may want to take it a step further. Laundry soap can provide additional added lubrication to a broken zipper. Use a little laundry soap and add a few tablespoons of water.

Mix them together until you get a semi-viscous, semi-solid solution. Next, you need to take a cotton swab and dip it in the mixture. Use this swab to moisten the zipper. After you’ve done this a few times, try moving the zipper up and down. It may not happen immediately. If this is the case, you can soak the swab a few more times until you feel the zipper loosen.

If washing your clothes with the soap you have on hand doesn’t work, then you should consider washing them completely in your backpack. If you have a washing machine, put the backpack in the machine and let it spin. If there is any dirt or grime stuck in the zipper and it is loose, then it will come out when you wash it. After you wash your backpack, you can lube the zipper again.

Candle wax/crayons
For lubrication, an effective technique is to use a candle or crayon to move the zipper. Homemade wax is usually very effective for zippers that get stuck. If you don’t have household wax, you can use an old candle, or a crayon stick.

The application procedure is similar to applying a graphite stick. Rub the wax stick on the surface until it is smooth enough to allow the zipper to slide up and down easily. This may take a few tries. Continue applying the wax to the zipper until it is able to slide freely without snagging.

The advantage of this technique is that it will not leave any stains (unless you use colored crayons). The wax will evaporate after repeated rubbing against the zipper, which means there is no need to worry about stains spreading to the backpack.

Repair bent zipper teeth

The problem with your backpack is most likely not a lubrication issue. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the teeth of the zipper are bent. Until you fix the bent teeth, lubrication alone won’t help. Use whatever tools you have in your toolbox and you’ll feel comfortable. Pliers usually work best.

Use the pliers to pick up the bent tooth and move it around until it can straighten out. This may need to be repeated a few times to make sure you’ve gotten it right. Be careful to make sure you don’t push too hard, as the tooth may fall out completely. If this happens, you won’t have a way to keep the zipper in place. Straightening teeth can be a tricky job.

Repairing a broken zipper

Broken zippers actually happen quite often, but it’s easy to fix. If you don’t have a lot of time or have to act in the next few hours, there are a few solutions that you can test.

One of the best ways is to utilize a paperclip. Just take one end of the paperclip and insert it into the hole where the pull tab is usually placed. Alternatively, you can convert a keychain, phone cord connector or anything smaller, compact and malleable into a zipper puller.

Repairing Broken Sliders

Repairing a damaged slider requires less of a temporary solution. If your slider is damaged and you need to replace it, it’s possible to take it down and replace it. But getting it off and installing a brand new one is simple. Use pliers to cut the broken slider. You can then install the new slider by sliding it into the recess. If you manage to get the slider to slide through the correct notch and to the correct angle, it shouldn’t take very long.

If the zipper comes off completely, or if it does not close the teeth properly despite multiple attempts to oil and repair the zipper, then it will be necessary to replace the slider.

Final Thoughts

The zipper is probably the most critical part of a well-designed backpack. It can have a lot of pockets and lots of storage space. However, if the zipper doesn’t work, then all that storage space is meaningless.

Even the most decent backpacks can sometimes leave the zippers open. The good thing is that you know there are many, if not more, at-home solutions you can use to fix broken zippers. Try all the techniques and tricks at home before you decide to change your pack.

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