How to Lubricate your Buffalo Zippers

Difficulty: Very Easy

Time: 10 Mins

Steps: 6 per zip


There are various reasons why zips get stuck and stop working. The most common answer we find in our repairs team is dirt or debris getting stuck in the zipper slider. A good clean of all your zips at least once a year helps to extend its life and prevents sticking, oxidizing, and jamming. The process below will work for both coil zips and plastic tooth zippers.


x1 Small Brush

x1 Bottle of Zip Lubrication

x2 Paper Towels

Step 1:  How to prepare your zips for cleaning. 

  • Lay your Buffalo over a flat surface that is well lit.
  • Inspect each zip in detail looking out for small bits of grit / sand in the coils or teeth of zip itself. Gently brush these away leaving the zip free of debris.
  • If you can, unzip the zipper.

Step 2: 

  • Pinch the slider in between your fingers to expose the area when the coil rests.
  • Use the brush to free any debris stuck in the slider.

Step 3:

  • Place the paper towel behind the zipper – This will help mop up any mess from excess lubrication.

Step 4:

  • Open your zip lubrication and gently squeeze the bottle while moving across the coil or teeth.
  • Repeat on both sides of the zipper teeth or coil

Step 5: 

  • Fold the paper towel over and dab any excess lubricant off the zipper.

Step 6:

  • Zip and unzip the zipper a few times to work the lubricant in between the teeth or coil.