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Jun 9, 2013, 5:49 PM

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My rope tastes funny after I cleaned it
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I made a rope cleaner by taking a PVC pipe and glueing a piece of astro turf inside. I used the PVC cement you would usually use to mate two pieces of pipe together. On the ends I used the purple primer and the same cement. It dried for about a week before I used it. I hung the rope over my aluminum ladder in my basement next to my dehumidifier. Once it was dry I went to flake it and tie it up to put it away. If felt like it had a waxy film on it and a few spots looked liked they had a dusting of white, really faint. I thought it was strange, for some reason I tasted it and it was bitter.

I then threw it it a pillow case and tried putting it in my washer with a small amount of tide. When it came out it was better but still has a little bit of a waxy feel to it and the bitter taste is still there just not as strong.

Is the rope still fine? Has anyone had this happen before. It's a Sterling rope and this is the first time I've washed it.

(This post was edited by obhobie on Jun 9, 2013, 5:50 PM)

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