Originally Posted by Kefaa
To keep yourself from untangling spaghetti - put each into a lingerie bag. I did as suggested - put them through the wash after soaking them in a 5 gallon bucket of warm water
and simply green. Everything washed out and feels good.
Ice climbers have to wash ropes, they have to maintain strength, grip and safety
, and they have to control the effects of moisture (to prevent frozen ropes). Fabric
softener, IMHO, is a waste because it is DESIGNED to rinse out with the first rain. The softening is a false impression.
Try this, a product MADE for this purpose:
Sail Delmarva: Line Washing
Regarding tangles, simply daisy chain the rope
. Works every time and helps reduce sheath slippage. Dry by laying it on the floor.
Note 1: Simple Green is too alkaline and may be dangerous; in any case it is a degreaser and your ropes are not greasy. Laundry
detergent is better (Woolite is pointless - laundry
detergents were developed for polyester).
Note 2: NEVER wash a rope
within the first year. As strange as it seems, the core
can come right through the sheath. Daisy chaining helps, but don't do it.
Note3: And avoid rotary agitators. Tumbling is OK and a bucket/plunger is OK.
Better yet, go for another sail and forget it. I wash my ice climbing ropes but NEVER the lines on my boat.