Washing Synthetic Rope Cable?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:18
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I've just returned from a great week away up in the Vic High Country and my new shiny blue synthetic Dyneema winch rope is now a grubby looking black brown colour.

I've read that these rope cables should be washed when dirty, but I'm just wondering how it should be washed? What should I use to wash it with? Are some detergents bad to use on this cable, should I just use hand soap, throw it in the washing machine or just hose it down??

All help greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:27

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:27
Just wash it down with plain water.... just use a garden hose (not high pressurse.... you dont want to force the dirt into the rope)..
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:44

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:44
I put mine together with what was once a nice yellow extension strap in a 20l plastic bucket and let it soak in plain old water for a day or so giving it as slosh every now and again.

Then hose off, good as new.
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Reply By: Siringo - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 16:52

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 16:52
Looks like a bucket and cold water is the way to go. Thanks for the help.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 17:09

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 17:09
Have done mine several times useing " Sunlight " brand soap flakes in a 20lt bucket and rinsing 2-3 times untill water is clear , dry in shade then respool ,
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Reply By: RobAck - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 19:32

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 19:32
Been using Dyneema for the last five years and it gets washed in the following way

Step one rinse in large container with plenty of agitation to get rid of the lumpy stuff and most of the grit

Place in old pillow case then put in washing machine with NO detergent as this degrades the rope

Allow to dry in the shade as it is not UV stabilised

Same proces as for snatch straps and winch extenstions straps


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