How To Make The Most Of Your VELCRO® Brand: Coins to Cable Ties
If you haven’t heard of VELCRO®, our blog is here to give you an in depth guide to all your VELCRO® needs. From the origins of this versatile product to its main uses and applications, we’ve outlined everything you need to know! To find out more about making the most of your VELCRO®, keep on reading!
What Is VELCRO®?
VELCRO® is a hook and loop fastener, made up from two fabric strips. One of the strips is made from tiny loops and the other strip is made from even smaller loops, joining together when they come into contact. VELCRO® was originally made from cotton, but as the years have progressed, you will now find that VELCRO® is made from nylon and polyester materials.
The VELCRO® brand of hook and loop fastener was invented during the 1940s, by a man named George de Mestral. He was a Swiss engineer who found himself inspired by taking a walk with his dog, noticing cockle-burrs sticking to his clothing and to his dogs fur afterwards. The tiny hooks on these plants that allow them to attach to different materials were the inspiration for what would go on for years to become the VELCRO® products we all know and love today.
Since the 1940s, VELCRO® has come a long way. VELCRO® received a large boost of support from NASA during the 1960s, where it was used to secure pens, food and other items on board for the Apollo astronauts. It then started showing up in cars, homes, hospitals and other day to day applications. It was a convenient and simple to use fastener, making a seamless alternative to buttons, toggles, zips and more.
In 1968, VELCRO® was featured on shoes for the first time. Starting with Puma, but quickly being recognised and used by other major brands like Adidas and Reebok. By the 80s, everyone was wearing velcro trainers!
Moving into the 90s and 2000s, VELCRO® was all over the world. From children’s toys to cars, to offices and people’s homes, it became massively versatile and convenient to use for a range of different purposes. Now, the household product VELCRO® is everywhere! To find out more about why VELCRO® is so useful, keep on reading!
Why Choose VELCRO®? The Advantages Of Using VELCRO® Adhesives
So, what makes VELCRO® so great? Read below to find the benefits of using this alternative adhesive!
Because VELCRO® can be used in a variety of ways, and as a strong alternative to other fasteners or adhesives, it is extremely convenient. Its simplicity and strength make it easy to use and its non-invasive nature makes it a brilliant solution for a range of different things. VELCRO® is a staple in many homes, offices and different businesses because of its simplistic and convenient nature.
VELCRO® is extremely easy to use and its convenient nature makes it kid friendly too! Children’s shoes, jackets and backpacks often have VELCRO® fasteners, which is great for kids to use and easy for them to get their head around. Unlike laces, zips and other fasteners, VELCRO® is much easier to use and children can get to grips with it very quickly. It’s also a relatively soft and non-invasive material, so you won’t need to worry about your child being hurt or scratched by the fastener in any way.
Stronger Than You Think
Many people may assume that VELCRO® isn’t that strong and can’t be used for heavier applications. However, VELCRO® is a lot stronger than you think, and comes in a range of thicknesses and sizes, accommodating more industrial applications. You can find a range of heavy duty VELCRO® products
A product so versatile, strong and useful is also extremely affordable. VELCRO® is an inexpensive product, and you can find it online or in most hardware stores. It’s easily accessible and not expensive to buy. Many people will prefer VELCRO® to other fastener types such as buttons or clips, and having easy, affordable access to VELCRO® products is another reason why it’s so popular.
Some of the biggest benefits of VELCRO® are its multi-functional abilities. It goes without saying that VELCRO® can be used in a vast range of different ways, and we will dive into its applications in more detail in our blog. From simple household applications to shoes, clothing and even technical applications, VELCRO® can be used in many ways, making it a handy hook and loop fastener to have around!
VELCRO® is extremely low maintenance, and in fact requires little to no up-keep at all. Being stronger than you think, it is highly unlikely to break or snap when being used. Like all products, it will wear slightly over time, but one of the great things about VELCRO® is that it doesn’t lose its grip, even after multiple applications. While it is susceptible to wear and tear over long periods of time, on the whole, it is low-maintenance and has a pretty long life-span.
Common VELCRO® Applications
As we’ve already mentioned, VELCRO® is a versatile and widely used material. Keep reading to learn more about some of its commercial and domestic applications.
- Cable ties – VELCRO® is great for securing and organising cables, wires and other messy looking areas of your home. It can also be used in commercial offices for this reason.
- Wall adhesives – When it comes to hanging pictures, posters and other wall hangings, you may not want to have to put a nail into your wall. In this case, VELCRO® double sided adhesive pads are a perfect solution.
- Shed tools – Again, for hanging up tools and other pieces of equipment in your home or your shed, VELCRO® is a strong and durable option that is easy to come by and easy to use.
- Rugs and mats – You may have a rug or mat that slides about everywhere, but you can use VELCRO® to safely secure it and keep it in place!
- Temporary DIY fixes – If something in your home is broken, or in need of a proper fix, you can use your VELCRO® product to temporarily secure it in place or keep it together. It’s a safe temporary solution if something is broken and in need of a repair.
- Safety Harnesses – On construction sites and in other industrial businesses, VELCRO® is used for safety harnesses, knee pads and even back braces as a result of its durability and strength.
- Cables – As we’ve already touched on, organising cables in the office is another use of VELCRO®, and organising large cables or wires on construction sites is also an application of VELCRO®.
- Clothing – VELCRO® on jackets, coats, shoes and even on pockets and trousers is becoming more and more prevalent, and we are seeing VELCRO® being used in a range of fashion industries.
MPD Hook & Loop: VELCRO® Brand Circles, Sticky Pads & More
Here at MPD Hook & Loop, we stock a wide range of VELCRO® brand products to accommodate all of our customers. We’ve Picked out some of our favourite VELCRO® branded products to help you choose your next hook & loop fastener!
Our VELCRO® cable ties are an excellent pick for your office, commercial site and even your home. With their reusability and durability, you can rely on our VELCRO® cable ties to keep your wires neat and tidy. We offer reusable cable ties from packs of 6 up to packs of 1000.
Our range of self-adhesive coins is perfect for industrial applications. With a reinforced and strong hook and loop fastening, these VELCRO® coins are perfect and convenient as strong and simple adhesives.
Straps & Pallet Logistraps
Our VELCRO® product range even spans to safe packing and handling, with our VELCRO® Straps and Pallet Logistraps, these durable products are excellent for securing goods and keeping them firmly in place.
If you’re looking for more information about our VELCRO® products, or some of our other products such as our acrylic double sided tape, feel free to get in touch with us today!