Hook and loop fasteners (hereafter shortened to velcro) are incredibly handy.
But it is also dangerous to other material. Especially outdoor clothing is often found to be adorned with many velcro straps that wreak havoc on wool or many other types of loose or loop exposing material.
Now, washing an unfastened velcro strip ruins socks and material like them in no time. That is easily solved by not combining them, by closing the two opposing strips, by using washing bags etc.
But wearing velcros unfastened exposes them to come into contact with sensitive material:
- a jacket with velcros tears up the bag pack shoulder straps and any woolen clothing worn beneath
- a velcro fastener on a hat destroys the woolen liner worn together with it when it gets colder
While this image is supposed to illustrate the default mechanism of action for the velcros it also shows exactly what it does to knitwear.
I am looking for methods to defuse these dangers from velcros to other materials while still keeping full functionality the fasteners provide.
(And keeping the fasteners in the first place. Replacing them altogether is not always an option.)