When pressed together hook and loop tape creates a firm bond that can quickly and easily be unfastened and refastened again and again. It makes it an ideal and versatile solution to soft temporary or open-close adhesion.
Hook and loop velcro fabric consists of two components: typically, two lineal fabric strips, or two round “dots” or squares. They are attached with needle and thread or a sticky adhesive side.
How it works
The adhesion happens through the differences between the two sides; the hook is made up of many tiny uniform loops cut precisely in the necessary spots to create hooks. The hooks provide adhesion. It is a firm grip and can stick to many different fabric or soft surfaces like clothing and carpet.
The other side, the loop is soft, fuzzy, made out of many different strands. Giving the hook the ideal alternating surface to bond to. When both sides touch or pressed together, the hook and loop provide a high tack, durable hold.
And the flat ‘glue like’ adhesion side can be used to bond permanently with a range of porous and non-porous surfaces including rubber, plastics, PVC and leather. The strong adhesion makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
An everyday solution
Over time hook and loop tape has been used in everything from wallets to space suits and children’s shoes.
Today you can find it in many products that we use. It is used in industries such as clothing, sports, and transportation.
When you need a strong but easily reversible bond, a hook and loop fastener is your ideal solution for the job.
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Renew your hook and loop
You can pull off excess lint with your fingers, a comb or a vacuum cleaner to keep the adhesion going when the tack begins to weaken. However, you will need to replace it, if the fuzzy loop side is worn down, or if the tiny hooks on the “rough” side have become too frayed or damaged.