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Washing ropes
5:28:10 PM
Decades ago I was told it was a good idea to wash my rope occasionally. So I did it with my first rope and it really fked it and from that day it handled really bad.

Needless to say I never did it again... however now I have a dirty rope that I am tempted to wash. Can someone either make me come to my senses or convince me that my first experience wasnít representative of normal rope washing.

Any expert tips appreciated
X stu
7:56:51 PM
Iíve done cold water in a bathtub before, agitated it a bit and then dried flaked on a tarp with fan on. Got quite a lot of dirt out and it didnít affect handling. Havenít tried any detergents/rope cleaners as far as I can recall.
9:06:24 PM
I'm confused how you manage to "fked" your rope from washing it. Could you explain more?

Your rope is made out of nylon the same stuff as a bunch of your clothes and it is awfully hardy and resistance to a large variety of chemicals. (stay away from acids)

I've normally just used my washing machine with a bit of plain old soap. For extra paranoia I might run a rinse through beforehand.

For more comprehensive chemical resistance:

So according to that if you wash your rope in gasoline and honey your are all good! :-p

9:51:17 PM
Yeah, kero bath after your gran is done with with it.
I tried washing a rope once, and it shed lots of fibres and pretty much wrecked. I just use a wet towel now, pull it through a few times until looks cleaner than before.
11:04:25 PM
Thanks all. Youíve told me all I need to hear and I will give the old dirty old fella a quick rinse off.

Anyway as for my previous experience it would have been about 1985 when I was 14 so I cannot remember what I did other than stick it in mums washing machine with no soap. Maybe it was the hemp / water reaction? I
8:03:23 AM
Brush the rope first in the bath or bucket of water to get rid of the surface grot.

I've had excellent results on many ropes in a front loading washing machine on cold gentle cycle, using Lux pure soap flakes (the unscented version). Dissolve about 1/4 cup of the soap flakes in hot water then dilute to lukewarm before adding to the wash. Run an extra couple of rinse cycles. Spin is ok.

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