Stuck zippers are a problem and this issue plagues both old and new clothes. There are some steps you can take to make zippers slide easier along the tracks. You can try one or a combination of various techniques for effortless clothing closure. These measures can be used on both plastic and metal zippers. You might have to repeat some of these steps after washing your clothes, but it will prevent you from having to discard your clothing due to a stuck zipper.
Things You'll Need
- Spray lubricant (such as WD-40) (see warning before use)
- Bar of soap
Use the proper technique for pulling up the zipper. Hold both sides of the fabric together with one hand while pulling the zipper up with the other hand. This can solve most problems. If it does not, proceed to the next step.
Take a bar of soap and rub it along both sides of the zipper track.
Pull the zipper head up and down to work the soap into the teeth. This will lubricate the zipper and prevent it from sticking.
Wipe off excess soap with a clean, dry towel. If the soap did not help the zipper move easier, proceed to the next step.
Spray both sides of the zipper track with a spray oil. See the warning section for more information about the types of spray oils you can and cannot use.
Move the zipper up and down the track. The spray oil will get in between the teeth of the zipper track and allow the zipper to move up and down smoothly.
You will have to repeat the steps each time you wash your clothes. The soap or oil will have been washed out by the laundry detergent.
Use only non-food based oils to spray your zipper. Do not use a cooking spray oil to lubricate the zipper. Over time, it can turn rancid and give your clothes a foul odor.