How to Wash Your Climbing Rope Using Washing Machine




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I had just finish a sea cliff rock climbing today , and my rope had soak with sea water so I diced to wash my rope.
Normally you only need to soak the rope in water for few hour to clean the rope but my rope are pretty dirty so I machine wash my rope.
Don't machine washyour rope every time, machine wash  makes the rope fibre tight up and it effect the dynamic feature of the rope
hand wash is good enough, only machine wash the rope if necessary 

Step 1: Daisy Chain the Rope

loosely Daisy Chain your rope, the knot it self call chain knot
remember loosely is the key

here is a video from forresttrenaman shoeing how to tie a chain knot, but don't put the knot tight

Step 2: The Washing

Spread the rope evenly in the washing machine 
wash it with cold water, wool mode and with out any detergent

*cold water is a must
*detergent with kill the rope and kill you, use only professional rope wash(not recommended, water is good enough )
*wool mode tumble and twist less

Step 3: Hang and Dry the Rope

Hang and cool dry the rope just as easy as it 

*NO sun drying, sun light will harden and damage the rope  



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    7 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Hand wash the rope in the bath tub, use woolite. A rope brush will help and you will need to rinse a few times the rope. Pre wash to remove surface salt


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I was climbing by the sea a lot for a good year and always hand washed them ,even if it's a one time thing wouldn't F@%k about with my rope sure micro-abrasions would start to develop after a few washes it's bad habit to get into


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Don't think I'd want to machine wash my rope. I wouldn't trust it not to have done something bad to it I couldn't see. I think I'll stick to hand washing, it really doesn't take very long.

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    On second thoughts, yours is a top load machine Vs my side loading machine. Looks like yours would be gentler.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I used to have sideload Washing machine , as long as you use wool mode it should be alright, it won't had too much tumble, the rope can handle it


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    ya you shouldn't wash your rope with washing machine every time , but my rope are very further plus it mixed with sea water, so I decided to give my rope a deep clean, normally. hand wash is good enough


    7 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks for the information, I've wondered about this. I just stayed away from hazards like salt water :)