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Save the Zipper on Your Riding Boots – This is How Easy It Is

Any rider’s worst nightmare: The zipper in one of your boots is starting to give up. The question is: Should you pay someone to fix it or should you just buy knew boots? Either way it will defiantly have an impact on your monthly income. Too many riders do not know that it is quite easy to repair a zipper, and, come on let’s be honest, it is money out the window if you do not even try to fix it yourself. 

Two pair of boots saved in ten minutes 

Here at Malgré Tout Media we have had no less than two pair of boots where the zipper did not function any longer. One of the pair has spent the last year in a shed waiting to end its life at the landfill. However, now both pairs have a new life – the zipper is working and it only took 10 minutes! 

To save our boots we used
A stiff brush
A wet cloth
Some dishwashing liquid
A lighter (optionally)
Universal oil
A small, flat pliers
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All you need to fix the zipper in your boots. Photo: Archive

Step by step: How to save your zipper 

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Clean the zipper 

The first thing you need to do, is to clean the zipper thoroughly. First, use a stiff brush to wipe away all the dry dirt. Next, find a moist cloth with a small amount of dishwasher liquid on to wash the zipper. Thoroughly rub the zipper on the inside and outside. Make sure to get all the way to the bottom of it at the heel. A lot of dirt is often collected in this area.  

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Clean all the metal parts 

Zip up and down a few times even if it is still not working properly. This helps cleaning the zipper on the inside. If necessary also blow to make sure all dirt are removed. 

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Burn away fabrics 

Now find the lighter (if you are comfortable about it). Place the boot outside and turn on the lighter. Let the flame slide up and down alongside the zipper on the outside – not the inside. This way, you will have all the last bits of dirt and fabrics removed. If you look closely you can also see how the dirt disappears. It is of course important that the lighter is used in a pretty frequent speed so you do not melt the metal or plastic slats. 

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Use universal oil 

If you are able to close the zipper, put on oil on the closed zipper and all the way down. If you cannot close it yet then try to put on oil on the slats in both the right- and left-hand side.  

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Push the zipper together 

The last step is basically the one that makes the difference. The other steps are necessary and important for this number five step to even work. The reason many zippers break is that they lose tightness in the closing mechanism. After using the boots for a long time, the zipper often cannot close its slats. Therefore, you should try to squeeze the zipper easily together, first by squeezing on the sides and afterwards on the top of and the bottom (see image below). Remember to do it slowly to begin with when you try to close the zipper, otherwise you risk breaking it.  

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Illustration: Zipper repair. Photo: Archive

Hvis lynlåsen stadig ikke virker 

If the zipper still does not work after performing these five steps either the slats or the zipper itself are broken. If the last one is the case then you can buy a new one. If it is the slats you unfortunately have to find your wallet and either change the whole zipper or buy a new pair of boots. However, in most cases it is just the zipper that needs a brush up to function properly again.  

And remember:  

A zipper last longer if you keep it clean, use oil and do not pull it too much. 

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