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Cool Making the lines/sheets look better ?

I've just finished with replacing all the lines and halyards on my boat and would like to see if I can "brighten" up the old lines to keep them in service for other duties.. Is there some concoction, or solution, or soap that will clean the lines without damaging them too badly. They are mostly just "grey" from years of enviromental stuff landing on them. I don't think that soaking them in bleach would be good for them.
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you can put them in a mesh bag and wash them in your cloths washer with fabric softener and woolite. even being in a mesh bag will mean they become a knot but not as bad, just dont use your dryer.
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wash them

Put them in a large cloth or mesh bag, tie up the bag and take them to a commercial laundry with washers that rotate vertically ( a do it yourself one of course). Wash them with a mild detergent and NO BLEACH. Let them air dry after washing.
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There are actually rope treatments, though they seem to stay in mountaineering circle

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I've just finished with replacing all the lines and halyards on my boat and would like to see if I can "brighten" up the old lines to keep them in service for other duties.. Is there some concoction, or solution, or soap that will clean the lines without damaging them too badly. They are mostly just "grey" from years of enviromental stuff landing on them. I don't think that soaking them in bleach would be good for them.
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I posted a bit on a proven procedure:
Sail Delmarva: Line Washing

It's safe for the ropes and they will handle better. As for removing stains... better not to look so close. Does it matter? I don't think so.

* Daisy chains are easier than bags.
* Keep the temperature down
* Forget bleach
* Air dry in the daisy chains
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I don't mean to be negative on wsahing lines...

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and I thought this was about dressing ship....
...and in fact the treatment I've suggested will have them looking better, longer, than simply washing them. A bit like Scotchguard, perhaps, but intended for ropes.

Try it, and then report back! You like it.
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