Rope Care

Rope Care
  • Ropes should be stored around room temperature (though they tolerate temeratures well for storage), in a dry area and out of direct sunlight.
  • Rope used on only one person doesn't need to be washed until it's obviously dirty.
  • Rope used on different people should be washed between uses on different people.
  • Ropes soiled with blood should be discarded.
  • To wash, loosely coil ropes (or tie into a chain sinnet) and place in laundry bags, (you can use an old pillowcase instead).
  • You can use your normal laundry detergent and wash in a washing machine as you would for clothes.
  • Synthetic rope should be washed on a cool 'synthetics' cycle.
  • Cotton rope can be washed on a 'cottons' cycle but higher temperatures can cause shrinkage and tightening so we recommend 30c/40c 'cool' wash.
  • Hemp rope can be washed at higher temperatures, up-to 90c, but it isn't necessary.
  • Cotton and Hemp ropes should be stretched before drying and again when dry before storing.
  • Hemp rope may need to be dried under tension or stretched by hand again during and after drying.
  • All ropes should be air-dryed, we place a 'radiator rack' on a door top and loosely long-coil the ropes on that.
  • Synthetic ropes normally dry very quickly, often overnight, cotton and hemp may take a few days, depending on temperature and humidity.
  • Once dry, Hemp (and Jute) ropes need to be oiled, we use a blend of Hemp Oil and Mineral Oil, Hemp massage-grade oil is easily available, as is refined mineral oil as 'baby oil', other oils can be used as-per personal preference but avoid food-grade oils as they may 'go-off'. 
  • There are several ways to apply the oil, loosely coiling the rope in a bathtub then spraying the oil with a spray bottle is an effective way to apply the oil, then run the rope through your hands from end-to-end to work-in the oil, then clean the oil from the bathtub using bathroom cleaner or similar products you probably already have.
    You can also add some oil to a cloth or your hands and then run the rope through your hands from end-to-end, it doesn't take much oil, you just want it to be very slightly damp, not wet.
  • We coil our ropes for storage, the way you receive them is coiled from both tails around the elbow-to-hand, then folded in half, and the remaining rope is wrapped around to make a coil. 15m requires around 6 turns, 10m = 4x, 7.5m = 3x, 5m = 2x, 2.5m = 2x as a single length, not from both tails. We find this makes it easy and convenient to store the ropes and to quickly identify the length of rope before use.