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Aug 13, 2008, 5:17 PM

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Re: [winglessangel] I never washed my rope
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This really should be in Gear Heads instead of The Lab.

But anyway... now a more serious answer.

While it's true that sand, dirt, grit, and so forth accelerate wear and tear on ropes I don't think it's exactly crucial to wash your ropes often. Any occasional rinse in most cases will do the trick. No need to get fancy about it. Just swirl it around in a tub of water, hang it to let the excess water drip off, then lay it on some towels on the floor. Put a fan blowing on it to speed up drying if you like.

If you absolutely have to wash it for real then just do the same thing with some sport wash, rope soap, woolite, or some such stuff added into the water. Give it a couple extra rinses to remove residue.

Water temperature is not important. Hot or cold won't damage the rope. Hot may actually put a little bounce back in a used rope. The water can't get too hot to do damage unless you use a pressure cooker or autoclave.

People use clothes washer machines, too.

By hand or by machine there's no need to get all crazy and complicated about it. For most people once or twice a year is enough. Pros or other full time climbers usually wear a rope out before it needs washing so don't bother asking their advice.

(This post was edited by sterlingjim on Aug 13, 2008, 5:24 PM)

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