Over the years, we’ve probably all thrown something away because the zip is broken.
This hack, shared by a cobbler on TikTok, might have saved those clothes and shoes from the bin.
The shoe repairman, who runs a shop in Orpington in Kent, showed how to get a zip that won’t do up back to its best.
All you need is a pair of pliers and a hammer, which is what he used to fix a pair of boots brought in by a customer.
In his video, which has been liked over 220,000 times, the cobbler says: ‘What we do, if you put the zip itself on something hard, give it a hard background.
‘The zip runner itself runs on two plates, top and bottom, they run parallel and after the zip wears a little while, they open up so instead of the teeth interlocking, one sits on top of the other and they don’t close.
‘Our aim today is to tap the back of the zip back into its original position using a pair of pliers on the very back of the zip, so right on the very back either side, a small hammer.’
He puts the boot onto a flat surface (in this case a cobbler’s tool, but you can lay your item on anything that works).
The pliers are then used to hold the zip in place before he gives it a tap of the hammer top-down. Just like that, the zip works again.
Comments poured in on the video from people impressed by the hack.
One said, ‘My mom works as a not-for-profit thrift store and you’ve just saved us from having to toss a lot of boots. Thank you!’
Another wrote: ‘I tried this on a onesie and OMG it worked. Thanks so much for this little secret.’
It’s simple things like these that are a huge help in everyday situations.
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