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Cleaning Mooring Lines

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I washed my lines last year and seems they are due another clean.  I put them in the auto washer but it occurred to me that I would be washing out the natural oils.  I wondered about a mix of baby oil in the rise water or fabric softener.  Any ideas? Incidentally the wash brought out a fair bit of grit.

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Not sure how much natural oil there is in any of the synthetic ropes. As I use modern polyprop. synthetic hemp I would just put them in the washing machine (when the wife was out). Maybe in a pillowcase or two to try to stop them tangling.

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7 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:

Not sure how much natural oil there is in any of the synthetic ropes. As I use modern polyprop. synthetic hemp I would just put them in the washing machine (when the wife was out). Maybe in a pillowcase or two to try to stop them tangling.

Blimey Tony if I did that she would still find out as I obviously don't know how to operate a washing machine!! You will be telling me you use a windlass next!! ;) 

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12 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

Blimey Tony if I did that she would still find out as I obviously don't know how to operate a washing machine!! You will be telling me you use a windlass next!! ;) 

Men are not supposed to use a windlass, the clue is in the name "wind" "lass", it's more of an instruction than a name :)

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5 minutes ago, Bewildered said:

Men are not supposed to use a windlass, the clue is in the name "wind" "lass", it's more of an instruction than a name :)

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I've done the same as Tony but in a zipped up cushion cover an with a bit of fabric softener in on the final rinse..  they're lovely to handle for the first few days after lol

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Ours are "synthetic hemp", from Tradline, put them in a pillowcase in the washing machine.  As washing machines are not my department ;-),  I am not sure what is used detergent wise but I think just non-bio.  They come up very clean!

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4 minutes ago, john6767 said:

Ours are "synthetic hemp", from Tradline, put them in a pillowcase in the washing machine.  As washing machines are not my department ;-),  I am not sure what is used detergent wise but I think just non-bio.  They come up very clean!

Likewise.

The first year I owned the boat,  I hand washed them in a bucket.  Took ages and they didn't come up that clean, since then I' got the wife to put them in the washing machine.

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To unmangle the effects of autocorrect

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My mooring lines are pretty much self cleaning, I drop them in the cut at least once a week and sometimes even on a daily basis

2 minutes ago, rusty69 said:

Usually clean mine in the river when they fall in.

Fool proof system 

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Just now, Bewildered said:

My mooring lines are pretty much self cleaning, I drop them in the cut at least once a week and sometimes even on a daily basis

Do you remember to squirt some ecover washing up-liquid on top?

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1 minute ago, rusty69 said:

Do you remember to squirt some ecover washing up-liquid on top?

Nah I just try to accidentally drop them in just after having a shower or washing up

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If your mooring lines are Nylon then they will become much more flexible by adding about 2% by weight of boiling water,

Nylon is hydroscopic and will easily absorb hot water, - fill a bucket and let them soak for a few hours.

During Summer or prolonged periods of low humidity the Nylon will 'dry-out' and become stiff and brittle.

 

Edit to add :

Your lover, wife or girlfriend (in whatever order you wish) can soften their 'nylons' by soaking them in a tub of boiling water.

Edited by Alan de Enfield

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3 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

Nylon is hydroscopic and will easily absorb hot water

Honey is also hygroscopic, so after cleaning my ropes in the river I give them a good soak in Honey.It also has the added benefit of sticking to the bollards better.

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3 minutes ago, rusty69 said:

Honey is also hygroscopic, so after cleaning my ropes in the river I give them a good soak in Honey.

I know I am talking bollards but it is fun.

 

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1 minute ago, Alan de Enfield said:

I know I am talking bollards but it is fun.

Sorry, I'm on the wrong thread,thought I was on the party thread.Hiccup

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Proper way to clean lines.

For the pedants around This may not be advisable with a motor.

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1 hour ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

I had to check it wasn't April 1st on reading the OP...

Do you comb your lawns, too??!

No, but I once had a flatmate who decided to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors.

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3 hours ago, Tony Brooks said:

Not sure how much natural oil there is in any of the synthetic ropes. As I use modern polyprop. synthetic hemp I would just put them in the washing machine (when the wife was out). Maybe in a pillowcase or two to try to stop them tangling.

I did that last Saturday. Centre line and one mooring warp at a time. Worked fine. (one bio capsule and no softener).

No hassle, one of the very few advantages of being a widower.

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3 hours ago, mrsmelly said:

Blimey Tony if I did that she would still find out as I obviously don't know how to operate a washing machine!! You will be telling me you use a windlass next!! ;) 

I am very careful - especially after I got caught with a load of old capillary matting from the greenhouse in the machine!

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