Fabric-covered cords are a ubiquitous material used in computer peripherals, and they have a unfortunate habit of fraying. This fluffy form of wear is unsightly and hard to fix, and the fray can slowly grow in size as time passes.
Fortunately, these stray fibers can be vanquished with a simple flame. Hold the flame of a match or lighter to the fibers for just a moment, and the fray will shrivel and curl inward. Practice common sense when working with fire, and don’t hold the flame on the material for more than a split second.
As you can see, the finished product looks much cleaner. This technique also has uses outside computer cords; frayed edges on clothes, straps, furniture, and more can also be vanquished with a little heat.