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baalzimon


Oct 22, 2003, 8:22 PM
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I'm washing my rope in my home washer right now!
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I know all of the instructions say to use a front loader, but here's my process:

I took my old rope (so that if anything went wrong it wouldn't matter too much) and soaked it in warm slightly soapy water.

I filled up another bin full of warm water and added more soap.

I then ran the rope by hand, back and forth, through the center of a new toilet bowl brush that I crushed a bit so it would rub the rope harder. this rubbing was done under water in the soapy bin.

I then repeated the process, pulling the rope into the first bin.

I drained the bins and saw very, very dirty water.

I the doubled up and daisy chained the rope.

The rope then went into my washer and I set it to medium load, warm wash, cold rinse and put it on 5 minutes.

I rigged the lid so I could watch what was happening to my rope.

Every minute or so i stopped the washer and checked to see if there was any wear or twisting and there was not.

It is rinsing right now and then I will tumble on cold air only in my dryer to get the drying process off to a good start.

It looks very clean already.


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why use a new toilet bowl brush? can't I use the one I already have?


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Something I do when washing my ropes is placing them in a mesh bag I found at a department store. Keeps them from tangling on the agitator, but still gets them clean. Pillow cases should do the trick too.

Something also to keep in mind is what was in the washer before you wash your rope. Whenever I use a public washer, I run an empty load to ensure that nothing like bleach is still floating around from previous loads.


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Yeah, it'll work just fine so long as you're careful. I typically just daisychain the doubled rope, add a capful of woolite, and let it run. For drying, I flake it out in the nice warm (but not sunny) sunroom and dryit for about 2 days; sometimes it takes a repeat to get it all shiny and clean, but the weight of the daisy seems to keep it from getting tangled on the agitator. Nice TR. :)


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Good call Brian, and BTW reminder to all,: don't use regular detergent or very little if you must, use Woolite. Look at the holes which develop in clothes which get washed in strong detergent regularly to remind you.

Bill


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:lol: I don't know why but the title of this post made me laugh! :lol: Did you tie the ends together?? :)


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Ever add fabric softener to the rinse cycle when washing a rope?

Removes the minerals in the water, and makes the rope much more pliable and soft.

And it'll smell Downy Fresh, which always pleases the females (right, T.R.?)

(Thanks and credits for this tip go to G.G.)


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:lol: I don't know why but the title of this post made me laugh! :lol: Did you tie the ends together?? :)

Damn! You beat me to it! Silly girlfriends occupying all my RC.com time! :lol:

I was gonna mention that I always tie the ends together to keep it from turning into a complete clusterfook when you take it out.


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As long as you put it in a pillow case or daisy chain it it won't tangle. I never daisied it, I just put it in a pillow case but I've stopped taking it to a laundromat. I now just wash it in my bath tub. It probably takes 10x as long to wash it but its a bit more gentle and still gets most of the surface dirt that wears out your gear out.


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Wash on gentle cycle use woolite and place the rope in a pillow case!
air dry no sun. A room with a dehumidifier works well.


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why use a new toilet bowl brush? can't I use the one I already have?

I have a question: If I use an old toilet bowl brush to mark the middle of my rope, will it damage it?

-Jay


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... You must have a heck of a rinse cycle. You've been washing your rope "Right Now" for the past 3 days! Must suck doing laundry.


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Problably: yes. Some guys from a safety board in Germany Pissed on a rope and tested it (who in the name of jesus christ would do that? :twisted: ). The rope was not visually damaged, but could take less weight on a fall. Just like when you spill some battery-acid on it :lol:


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