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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 
Nate_801
From St. George
Joined Aug 1, 2010
116 points
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.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,377 points
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.
rogerbenton
Joined Sep 5, 2011
259 points
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. Dylan Hettinger
From Boulder, CO
Joined May 10, 2012
5 points
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.
Andrew Mayer
Joined Nov 14, 2010
24 points
Aug 29, 2012
Which way again?
Commercial washer, lots of bleach, black dye for camouflage and ninja status. Dry at 400 in conventional oven for 45 minutes. Cunning Linguist
Joined Feb 15, 2007
2,478 points
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. ccerling
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
56 points
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.
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Joined Jul 11, 2008
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Aug 29, 2012
Moab
So your saying I can be a ninja AND have a 80m rope? Hell ya!! Nate_801
From St. George
Joined Aug 1, 2010
116 points
Aug 29, 2012
the man was smart
piss on it, then hose it off 24 hours later and leave it in the sun for a week. T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
1,053 points
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!
Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jun 7, 2006
3,331 points
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.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
927 points
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.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,377 points
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?
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
927 points
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. Vaughne
Joined Mar 21, 2011
28 points
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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. Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,577 points
 
Aug 29, 2012
Indy pass
Ice climbing with your ropes does a pretty decent job as well. Jason N.
From Grand Junction
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Aug 30, 2012
Moab
... Nate_801
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