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|11-06-2006 07:03 PM|
|pigslo||rockDAWG, I think you should wash your underwear more than twice a year.... unless you have like... 200 pair.|
|11-06-2006 06:45 PM|
I bought a boat that was very dirty after sitting unused for over ten years. The running rigging was filthy and some of it had small plants growing in the rope. I was anticipating a complete re-rig.
The solution I can now recommend is to soak the lines in a 5 gal bucket with a solution of laundry detergent and a generous amount of Oxi-Clean or equivalent.
Leave it overnight or longer. Agitate it well. Rinse thoroughly and let dry in the sun.
You will be pleasantly surprised. It saved me a lot of money.
|10-01-2006 03:05 PM|
"I think if my underwear can survive" I would hope that your underwear are fairly low-tech old-tech compared to the sheets for your boat.
While accidentally reading the laundry tag on a new cotton polo shirt, I saw one of the icons translated as "DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER". Now, why I shouldn't use water soluble wax on a cotton garment...I don't know. It just goes to show you--laundry ain't all the same. (And besides, a hundred feet of sheets is probably a whole lot more expensive than your underwear.
|10-01-2006 08:24 AM|
Chlorine bleach does attack some of the synthetics used in modern lines pretty aggressively...I'd definitely skip the bleach. Ropes aren't held together with stitching...so the cores can move around in a washing machine, and can actually exit the outer braid in some cases, causing irreparable damage to the rope in question. YMMV. Some people have good luck using a washing machine, some lose lines to damage...
Personally, I just use my nephews' wading pool and a garden hose.
|10-01-2006 12:29 AM|
|rockDAWG||Gentlemen, I think if my underwear can survive Gentlemen, I think if my underwear can survive the top loader and bleach. I am sure the ropes will be OK. After all, I only wash them may be twice a year at the most.|
|09-30-2006 10:22 PM|
" However, the agitator action of the washing machine may damage the ropes." Which is why I mentioned using a FRONT LOADER, where there is no agitator. And coincidentally, front loaders do less damage to clothing for the same reason.
|09-30-2006 06:58 PM|
Using mild detergent or soap and fabric softener isn't usually a problem. However, the agitator action of the washing machine may damage the ropes. Heat is not good for the lines IMHO... and either is chlorine bleach. If you do have to use a washing machine to wash the lines...coil them, frap the coils and then put the coils in a pillow case or mesh bag.
BTW, cleaning lines is a good idea, as salt crystals and dirt can abrade the lines from the inside out...
|09-24-2006 01:31 PM|
|Lecy||I hand wash halyards and sheets in a mild detergent and rinse them off in the shower. I've seen the core work their way out of the cover after lines have been in the washing machine.|
|09-23-2006 05:52 PM|
"How about using the dryer"
Why, do you ABSOLUTELY have to have DRY LINES in 45 minutes?
|09-23-2006 02:42 PM|
|bbistis||How about using the dryer (on low heat). Will that harm them?|
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