FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TEAR MENDER Instant Adhesive
HOW FAST IS IT? TEAR MENDER dries fast. Two pieces of fabric bonded in an over-lay manner cannot be pulled apart after 3 minutes. In 15 minutes that same bond is permanent and will not wash out.
WILL IT DRY CLEAR? TEAR MENDER dries to a translucent “tea” color but does not dry clear. In most applications, the bonding action occurs between the under-side of the garment and the patch where it is not visible. We recommend spot testing on sheer or light colored fabrics.
CAN IT SEEP THROUGH FABRIC? If an excessive amount is applied, it can seep through fabric. You only need a thin coat of TEAR MENDER on the patch and on the item being repaired to yield super-strong bonds. Thin coatings usually do not seep through the fabric. NOTE: On hem repairs we recommend a thin coat on the hem or turned-up side only.
IS SPECIAL GARMENT CARE REQUIRED? No. Garment care stays the same after a TEAR MENDER repair. After 15 minutes, the garment may be washed, tumble dried, ironed or even dry cleaned.
IS IT A THIN FLUID? Yes, it is thinner than most other adhesives. TEAR MENDER is a water based formula that has a cream-like consistency. This allows for a thin coating to get into the fiber of the fabric or back-side of leather and vinyl for a permanent bond that will stay soft and flexible when fully dried. In the bottle, over time, it may thicken slightly but still will deliver strong, permanent and washable bonds.
WHAT IS THE USEABLE LIFE? TEAR MENDER works best if used within one year of purchase.
IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY AND NON-TOXIC? Yes! TEAR MENDER has no harmful chemicals. It is a water based formula derived from natural latex and other natural raw materials. Invented in 1932 it has been eco-friendly for 77 years.
WHAT ARE SOME OF ITS BEST USES? TEAR MENDER works on a wide range of fabric and leather items. Our customers continually are amazed at how well it repairs blue jeans, work wear, acrylic fiber canvas and upholstery made of leather or fabric. At the same time it is ideally suited for hem repairs in both fabric and leather garments.
WILL IT WORK ON VINYL AND LEATHER? Yes! TEAR MENDER will bond to the under-side of leather (open fiber side) and vinyl (open fabric backing). For rips and tears a patch is applied to the under-side and when dry will be strong, durable and permanent. On the smooth top side of leather and vinyl TEAR MENDER can be rubbed off without damage and no sticky residue.