SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > cleaning lines & sheets
 Not a Member? 


Thread: cleaning lines & sheets Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
11-06-2006 08:03 PM
pigslo rockDAWG, I think you should wash your underwear more than twice a year.... unless you have like... 200 pair.
11-06-2006 07:45 PM
Goodnewsboy 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 04:05 PM
hellosailor Rockdawg-
"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. Undies are usually cotton or cotton blend, rigging is never cotton or cotton blend. Not even if you're a real gentlemen, who uses pure woven silk lines instead of those harsh modern ones.

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 09:24 AM
sailingdog 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 01:29 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 11:22 PM
hellosailor " 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 07:58 PM
sailingdog 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 02:31 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 06:52 PM
hellosailor "How about using the dryer"
Why, do you ABSOLUTELY have to have DRY LINES in 45 minutes?
09-23-2006 03:42 PM
bbistis How about using the dryer (on low heat). Will that harm them?
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:19 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.