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How to Prolong the Service Life of Backpack Zipper

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How to Prolong the Service Life of Backpack Zipper

Zippers have a wide range of applications in our everyday life. Such as the backpack that carries necessities when we go out, we don’t want a broken zipper or a zipper to detach from the tab when there is no to do the zipper repair or zipper replacement. So besides from learning to choose a backpack that has good quality zippers, the maintenance of it is also quite important no matter what. Without proper maintenance, the best zippers will be worn out very soon as well.

As Good quality zippers should outlive your pack if maintained and used appropriately, even if its a heavy duty metal zipper.  Forcing zippers and frequent overstuffing of your pack will take its toll on both the zipper and zipper slider and should be minimized.



Regular Check on Zippers

Inspect your zipper and sliders. Dirt and debris should be removed and you may wish to occasional treat your zipper with silicone waterproofing, Teflon spray or paraffin (candles) to add a bit of protection to sliders and help lubricate them.

Watch for misaligned zipper teeth. Occasionally, the zippers will misalign when forcing the slider to close the zipper too fast and/or when zipping around a bend in the zipper.  This can become a problems since this part of the zipper closure is weaker and can easily come apart later. It is easier and less traumatic on the zipper and slider to fix a misaligned zipper than it is to fix a undesired separated zipper.  If you see that the teeth become misaligned, you should gently pass the zipper slider back and forth the misaligned or open area until coils straighten.

zipper repairment

Metal zipper sliders often are made of aluminum alloy are are prone to corrosion, especially when exposed to salt water environments. If your zippers are exposed to salt water or sea air (on ships, at the beach, etc), they should be rinsed off with fresh water and dried out as soon as it is reasonably possible.




Zippers should be lubricated from time to time. Spray lubricants are available, but beeswax works fine. Wax should be applied lightly and not caked on. Use of a hairdryer or heat gun will soften wax and make it easier to apply or spread out - just don't over do it. The use of wax is only effected by the types of zippers - metal or plastic zippers. Do not apply wax on the plastic zipper teeth.

If you are a backpack manufacturer or supplier, make sure to share these tips with your end-users to prolong the service life of the backpack zippers.


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