Self-stick velcro won't stick
June 13, 2012 12:12 PM Subscribe
How can I make stick-on velcro strips stick to my ceramic bathroom sink?
posted by primate moon to home & garden (9 answers total)
I recently got a used sewing machine, and as my first project, I made a little 2-part skirt to attach with velcro to my bathroom sink. Our only bathroom is crazy tiny (maybe 6 ft. by 6 ft?), so small that mounting wall shelves for storage would be dangerous; anything, even shallow shelves, projecting from the walls would be a problem. The small ceramic sink is not a pedestal sink and not mounted in a vanity cabinet, but hangs from the wall with dead space and some pipes underneath. I'd like to use this space for storage. I thought a little skirt to hide the area, using stick-on velcro, would be a perfect solution. The curtain would get a decent amount of "use", being moved aside frequently as family-members reach underneath for various stored supplies, so it has to stick pretty well.
I made a light-weight cotton skirt and sewed velcro along the top edge. I then stuck the matching velcro strips along the sides of the sink and attached the skirt. But the velcro on the sink itself keeps coming off. Repeatedly. And each time it fails the bond gets weaker, until now it won't stay on at all for more than a few seconds. I had carefully cleaned the surface before mounting the velcro, so I don't think that was a problem. I assume the frequent humid conditions (2 adults and 2 teens bathing) add to the difficulties. Is there anything I can do to make the velcro stick? Or another method to hang the skirt? Oh, by the way, we live in a rental, so I can't make any permanent changes at all, like adding a vanity cabinet beneath the sink.