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By Nate_801
From St. George
Aug 28, 2012
Moab

I have used my rope a few dozen times now this summer in Moab and have been careful in trying to keep it clean (which is an impossible task). I also use a tarp to flake it onto every time I go out. 
What is the best way to wash/clean my rope? Is it better to use a top or front loading washer? Should I soak it first? What kind of detergent should I use? I want to get the most out of my rope so any tips you may use will be great. 

It's a 10.1, 70m blue water 


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28, 2012

Front loader is best, or a mesh bag in a top loader works.

Daisy chain the rope to keep the untangling to a minimum post-wash.

do NOT use anything with a detergent in it. Sterling Rope Wash if you must use soap- hot water will usually get the worst of it out.

I usually wash my lines about twice a year fwiw.


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By rogerbenton
Aug 28, 2012
Whoever this guy is, he's just plain irresponsible.

i just wash it in the bath tub.
enough water to cover the rope, 5-8 squirts of dishsoap,
swish it around a few minutes, drain the water,
repeat with no soap to rinse,
flake it out loosely to dry.

not even so much to get dirt off it as to clean the aluminum off.


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By Dylan Hettinger
From Boulder, CO
Aug 28, 2012
ouray, I think

Hot water in a side-loader, hang up indoors to dry. I would use Woolite if I already had some for my delicates and unmentionables.


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By Andrew Mayer
Aug 29, 2012
top of mt. lady washington - rmnp

Personally I did not have much success washing in a bathtub. Front-loading washer turned out much better. Daisy chain the rope, then daisy chain the daisy chain. Use woolite or a specific rope cleaner or something that does not have detergent in it.

Flake, not hang, dry for a couple of days.


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By SexPanther aka Kiedis
Aug 29, 2012
Thumbtastic

Commercial washer, lots of bleach, black dye for camouflage and ninja status. Dry at 400 in conventional oven for 45 minutes.


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By ccerling
From Boston, MA
Aug 29, 2012
me

You can use a top loading washer as well, you just need to be a bit more careful about how you load it. Daisy chain the rope and stack it carefully in the washer around the agitator so its balanced for the spin cycle. I use Sterling Rope Wash and then hang it up to dry for a few days.


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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Aug 29, 2012
Mathematical!

All Killer No Filler wrote:
Commercial washer, lots of bleach, black dye for camouflage and ninja status. Dry at 400 in conventional oven for 45 minutes.


+1

As an extra bonus, if you follow these instructions your rope will stretch an extra 10m.


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By Nate_801
From St. George
Aug 29, 2012
Moab

So your saying I can be a ninja AND have a 80m rope? Hell ya!!


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Aug 29, 2012
modern man

piss on it, then hose it off 24 hours later and leave it in the sun for a week.


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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Aug 29, 2012
Toofast

All Killer No Filler wrote:
Commercial washer, lots of bleach, black dye for camouflage and ninja status. Dry at 400 in conventional oven for 45 minutes.


Hahahahaha!


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2012
Bocan

Here's a question. I live in an apt and have to share the washers with the building.

What if you don't know the history of the washer? All funny jokes aside I've had a shirt or two ruined by some Dbag using bleach in a public washer.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Aug 29, 2012

Scott McMahon wrote:
Here's a question. I live in an apt and have to share the washers with the building. What if you don't know the history of the washer? All funny jokes aside I've had a shirt or two ruined by some Dbag using bleach in a public washer.


you can run a couple of empty cycles and make sure there is no residue in the bleach cup. that said, i would probably not use a public washing machine. the tub is decent option- it wont get it as clean, and the rope will be much wetter for a much longer time, but its better than bleach on your rope.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2012
Bocan

John Wilder wrote:
you can run a couple of empty cycles and make sure there is no residue in the bleach cup. that said, i would probably not use a public washing machine. the tub is decent option- it wont get it as clean, and the rope will be much wetter for a much longer time, but its better than bleach on your rope.


Thanks, that's kind of what I was thinking as well.

I do use comet with bleach though. Perhaps just clean the tub out with some sort of dish soap prior?


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By Vaughne
Aug 29, 2012

I would not recommend hanging the rope to dry, you'll put kinks in it. Just flake it out on the clean floor and put a fan on it.


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By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 29, 2012
Andrew Gram

People actually wash their ropes? I did that once or twice when I first started climbing. Haven't ever bothered in the 15 years since and my ropes are just fine.


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By Jason N.
From Grand Junction
Aug 29, 2012
Indy pass

Ice climbing with your ropes does a pretty decent job as well.


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By Nate_801
From St. George
Aug 30, 2012
Moab

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