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How to Clean Marine Rope

Updated March 28, 2017

A boat's ropes get greasy and oily, and algae can penetrated them. When marine ropes get clogged and dirty, you need to clean them. This can restore it rope to near-original condition and extend its life. Washing marine ropes is easier than it appears, as it is done in standard washing machines. While you're at it, inspect your ropes for rips or tears that might warrant replacement.

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  1. Remove the ropes and place them in a large mesh scuba-diver bag and cinch down the top.

  2. Set a washing machine on a cold-cold, wash-rinse cycle and load it with mild washing powder. Use liquid detergent to prevent caking on the rope.

  3. Drop the mesh bag with the rope into the washing machine and run it through the wash-rinse cycle. Remove when the cycle is over.

  4. Spread the rope out on a dock or other flat surface to dry in the sun.

  5. Dip a toothbrush in soapy water, scrub the tips-ends of the rope and let them dry.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mesh diver's bag
  • Mild washing detergent
  • Washing machine
  • Toothbrush and soapy water

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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