Fixing a Bean Bag Zipper is a headache for most people. Almost all of us faced the frustrating experience when suck or broken the bean bag zipper. It may break when zipper teeth separate, pieces of fabric caught in the zipper, or any other reason.
Sometimes it may be quite a challenge to solve this problem. But don’t worry. You can fix the bean bag zipper within a short time using below methods and guidelines. Keep reading!
Table of Contents
- Method 1: Crimp the Zipper Slider
- Method 2: Replace Old Zipper Slider
- Method 3: Bean Bag Zipper Teeth Repair
- Method 4: Repairing Sucked Bean Bag Zipper
- Method 5: Replace Zipper Pull
- Method 6: How to Fix the Zipper
- Final words
Method 1: Crimp the Zipper Slider
Sometimes the bean bag zipper slider can get bigger over time. Then it no longer joins zipper teeth correctly, and it causes to separate zipper teeth. (The zipper teeth are a continuous coil of nylon).
This kind of issue can fix by using simple steps as follows.
Step 1: Take needle nose plier
Step 2: Crimp your old zipper slider till it is back to its original size
You can add gentle pressure on each side of the bean bag zipper slider until both sizes become even. But make sure to do not add too much force when you crimp the zipper slide. Hence, it may cause a break or jam the old slider.
This simple trick is helpful to recover the old zipper slider again. But most of the time, this fixing is a temporary solution.
Further, if this method does not give better results, you can try the below method.
Method 2: Replace Old Zipper Slider
If your bean bag zipper slider cannot join the zipper teeth together or is worn out, the best solution is to replace the old bean bag zipper slider. So, you can practice following a simple process to recover your bean bag zipper.
Step 1: First, purchase a new zipper slider and metal zipper stop
Step 2: Then, bring the slider to the top of the zipper (use a seam ripper to remove fabric stitching if needed)
Step 3: Remove the existing metal zipper stop by using a scissor or plier
Step 4: Remove old slider from bean bag zipper
Step 5: Slide a new one on from the top of the zipper, and the slider’s nose should be facing toward the top of the zipper
Step 6: Attach new metal zipper stop onto the top of the zipper using pliers
Note: If you do not have a new metal stopper, use a needle and thread to create stopping stitches at the end of the zipper.
Method 3: Bean Bag Zipper Teeth Repair
Sometimes your bean bag zipper may show reluctance when closing and opening the slider. To fix this problem within five minutes at home, please follow the below steps.
Step 1: First, take paraffin, candle wax, petroleum jelly, or bar soap
Step 2: Then, slightly lubricate the bean bag zipper teeth using one of the above substances
Note: Make sure the lubricant does not block the zipper teeth.
Method 4: Repairing Sucked Bean Bag Zipper
TECHNIQUE A: Pulling Lining from Zipper
Sometimes you cannot move the bean bag zipper because zipper teeth suck with the fabric or lining material of the bean bag. If you experience this type of situation, go with the following guidelines to fix it. Because sometimes such zippers are challenging to repair.
Step 1: Stop zipping as soon as you feel when something is getting stuck. Please do not pull the zipper up or down because it may cause to convert the problem worse.
Step 2: If the fabric is not too far in the zipper, simply pulling the lining gently from the inside to dislodge.
TECHNIQUE B: Use Pencil Graphite as a Lubricant
You can fix stuck bean bag zippers using the below method too.
Step 1: Rub the pencil’s writing end on the teeth of the bean bag zipper
Step 2: The pencil’s graphite works as a natural lubricant, and it helps to function zipper teeth more smoothly.
TECHNIQUE C: Fix Zipper Using a Detergent
Step 1: Pour a small amount of the detergent and a small amount of water into a bowl and mix it.
Step 2: Then, dip a cotton ball into the mixture
Step 3: Coat the bean bag zipper teeth with the solution
Step 4: Gently try to unzip the zipper.
After doing this, sometimes the zipper may move a little. Thus, you should return it to its original position and repeat the process until it moves freely.
Moreover, you can use salt water, vinegar, or a rust removing cleaner to fix the zipper slider. These substances can loosen the stuck zipper.
But be careful when using chemicals and liquid substances to recover your bean bag zipper because your valuable bean bag fabric may be discolored or damaged if contact with them.
Method 5: Replace Zipper Pull
Some bean bags do not have zipper pull, especially toddlers bean bags. Also, some of the bean bags’ zipper pull may break off. If you need to fix it quickly, grab a paper clip or key ring. Then set it on the zipper slider.
However, this is a temporary solution. If you need to fix it properly, replace the entire zipper slider using above mentioned method.
We do not recommend adding a permanent pull to a zipper in a toddler bean bag as it is designed to be a childproof zip.
Please read our guide on how to open a bean bag zipper.
Method 6: How to Fix the Zipper
If your bean bag zipper and nylon teeth do not function well, you should replace them immediately. Because if bean bag fillers are spills out, you may have to face massive troubles. Thus, please follow the following steps to fix the zipper of your bean bag.
Step 1: First, measure the bean bag old zipper size and purchase a new zipper with the same length and width
Step 2: Then, cut the bean bag old zipper seam using a “seam ripper” and remove it
Step 3: Take a new zipper and attach it to the bean bag using the metal pins
Using this step, you can temporarily fix the new zipper onto the bean bag. Hence, this step supports you to do step 4 correctly efficiently.
Step 4: Sew a new zipper on the bean bag using a needle and thread
Step 5: Set up the zipper stops on both sides of the zipper
You should carefully do this process. Moreover, make sure you do not damage the bean bag fabric while detaching the old zipper.
Further, if bean bag fillers try to spill out while fixing the new zipper, remove some stuffing to the separate bag.
Just after finish the task, you can refill the bean bag again using the same filling beads.
Read our Ultimate Guide on Repairing a Bean Bag.
Everything is getting older and dysfunctional with time. This theory is also true for bean bags. Moreover, the bean bag zipper may break due to pressure. However, every problem comes with a solution. If you read this article carefully, you may say every issue comes with several answers. Thus, use the above methods to fix your bean bag zipper within a short time.