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Old 15 October 2007, 07:48   #11
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Don't be a Fairy...be Bold...Omo I hear you cry not the old powder jokes! Well I was taught to keep my powder dry so I suggest on any rope that has been pulled too much you use a biological washing tab cos apparently they digest the dirt and strains.
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Old 15 October 2007, 11:25   #12
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Having run a tree surgery business for many years in the past, washing ropes was a regular necessity. There is a particularly simple method to daisy chain a rope to prepare it for machine wash.

Lots of info here:

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=202

That said, I have never washed any line/rope/sheet on a boat, other than during a general hose off of the decks.
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Old 15 October 2007, 11:57   #13
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I have washed my ropes regularly...well once a season... over several years. Keeps them all clean and better to handle. Have been through several cycles without any appreciable degradation or loss of strength.

Coil them in hanks then shove them in a pillowcase (stops them getting too tangled) put the pillowcase full of ropes into the washing machine on a short cycle with whatever soap powder you use......doesn't hurt the more delicate items of clothing so IMHO won't harm ropes.

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Old 15 October 2007, 12:08   #14
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Careful to use a cool wash or they could shrink and that would make tying up difficult. Now the problem could be as how to dry them? Tumble dried or hung out to dry...pegged on the washing line...there must be experts who have a view on this aspect...and then what temperature must the iron be set to get them looking neat...oh my goodness I can see a whole new thread appearing...in which case...darn it!
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Old 15 October 2007, 12:35   #15
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you guys crack me up cant wait for jk to come up with some wib net soap on a rope merchandise
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Supposedly, a bit of fabric softener helps to lubricate the strands of the rope as well, preventing friction-caused heat buildup (which is a primary failure mode in lines used for tying up in, say hurricane conditions.)

I would suggest air drying rather than tossing them in a dryer, as nylon is fairly heat sensitive, and a dryer uses heat to, uh... dry.

Any beating the rope takes from being agititated in a washing machine will be far less than the damage done by residual salt crytals in the rope structure itself.


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Old 15 October 2007, 14:04   #17
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As a Sailing Instructor, I have been privilaged (?) to sail a boat that hasnt had its sheets (using the proper term!) dunked in or washed with water. You know when a rope hasnt been washed as it feels really salty and is stiff to touch.

I dont think I'd go to the extent of chucking them in the washing machine but at least washing them off when you wash the boat and engine will I am sure surfice. (obviously IMO)
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I always wanted to be a tree surgeon, but couldn't stand the sight of sap.
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sheets ...salty and is stiff to touch.
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A Pugwash moment!
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All these jokes have got me in a bit of a lather!!!
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