The zipper on the backpack is broken or stuck. We may all have encountered this annoying problem at some point. Although it can be troublesome at times and seems almost impossible to repair, there are many ways to save these broken zippers so that you don't have to throw away your backpack completely.
Fortunately, most backpack zipper repairs can be done with items in your home. Read on to find some common problems you may encounter, and simple solutions on how to repair the zipper of your smart backpack.
1. What to do if the zipper is stuck
One of the most common zipper problems is a stuck zipper. No matter how hard you pull, your zipper won't move. Fortunately, this problem can usually be solved with ordinary household products.
Scrubbing dish soap or other lubricants on the zipper
When your zipper is stuck, you can use some lubricant, such as laundry soap. It may be the accumulated dust and debris that caused this problem. Just dilute the soap with a little water. Then, rub the mixture where the zipper is stuck, making sure to twist it to loosen it.
If this is not possible, consider washing the entire backpack to see if it can be finished.
Use graphite pencil
If laundry soap is still useless, then using a pencil to fix the stuck zipper is an effective method. This method is very convenient because you may already have a pencil in your college bookbag! Similar to the laundry soap method, rub the tip of the pencil up and down on the zipper and the stuck area. Once you have done this, try to move the zipper to see if it can zip properly.
2. How to repair zipper teeth
If your zipper is still stuck, it is likely a problem with your teeth. Over time, the teeth of the zipper will bend, which can cause the zipper to jam or prevent toothing. In this case, applying lubrication is useless. First, you have to check this area to make sure that there is no cloth in the way. If excess tooth fibers are not a problem, then it's time to repair the teeth.
Fix crooked teeth with pliers
Pliers are usually the best choice for fixing crooked teeth because they provide enough grip and strength to do the job. Grasp the crooked teeth with pliers and manipulate them until they return to their original positions. Be gentle when using pliers, too much force will pull out the tooth completely.
3. How to repair a broken slider
Another common problem you may face is the backpack zipper slider. Sometimes the slider may fall off completely, or it may no longer clenched its teeth. Unfortunately, you may need to completely replace the slider to use your backpack.
Attach a New Slider
If the slider is broken and cannot be attached to the teeth properly, you will want to cut off the broken slider and replace it with a new one. The easiest way is to buy a zipper replacement kit to make sure you have all the moving parts to replace the slider. If you can't buy a kit, you need to take the old slider from yourself.
To do this, you either need to cut off the slider with pliers, or move the slider to the bottom of the zipper and then slide it off. When removing the slider, you may have to cut off the plug at the bottom of the zipper and sew together with a few simple stitches once the new slider is connected. When you have successfully removed the broken slider, take a new slider and adjust it to match the teeth. This step is crucial to ensure that the slider is clenched and operated correctly.
4. What to do if the zipper cable is broken
When the zipper is pulled down from the slider, it becomes really difficult to pull on your backpack. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest and fastest zipper repair methods.
Use keychains or paper clips instead of pull cords
The key chain is probably the most attractive because it doesn’t look like a stopgap measure. Simply put your favorite key chain and connect it to the hole on the slider. You can also use paper clips, thread or ribbon in the same way. As long as you can easily close your zipper, you should be ready to go.
When it comes to backpack zippers, we can do our best to handle them carefully and carefully, but sometimes these zippers are unavoidable. Although these problems can be frustrating, there is always an effective solution that can save your backpack and repair your zippers. If your backpack cannot be recycled, you must look for a new one. Take a look at our different types of new backpacks to help you choose the style that suits you best.