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Re: Cleaning control lines

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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Great method.
I can't see why it would reduce the strength of the lines.
Bleach doesn't affect them so u can use more.
I ran a test program with New England ropes. Bleach DOES weaken them about 3-5% with each use, depending on concentration. The act of washing also typically weakens the rope, depending on age. Overall, the ropes were probably weakened 10-15% by washing, possibly more, depending on age. The effect on newer ropes is less, but still often 5-8%% if bleach is used, depending on the details.

Not sayin' they didn't need washing, just sayin' their is an effect.

Sails are NOT cleaned with chlorine bleach for this reason, and they too are polyester. Percarbonate is used instead. Dishwashing powders use percarbonate. So does Oxiclean.
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