Cleaning ropes.

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Cleaning ropes.

Post by cookielucylou » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:36 pm

I like the rats to have ropes in their cages but they are currently looking rather dingy, how do you get them clean?
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by philosophyfox » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:50 pm

I soak mine in the sink in just plain washing up liquid until I get told to remove them :oops:

I rinse the suds off and dry outside. I do the same for unraveled dog toy ropes as well as the bendy, perch ones. If they are a bit stained I'll scrub with a cloth but normally a bit of a soak and a rinse clears off the muck okay.
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by Kim N » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:38 pm

Do they dry ok? How log does it take to dry and have you ever put them in the dryer? :)

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Post by philosophyfox » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:42 pm

I've never tried them in the drier. I leave them on the wall outside and they are dried after a couple of hours, less on a really sunny day. The dog toy ones fray quicker (but still last really well!) but the bendy ones are still like new (a bit discolored maybe, but no frays).
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by Amzy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:55 pm

I put my bog standard ropes (and rope bridges and cargo nets) in the washing machine. The bendy ones go in the shower :roll: x
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by Jillybean » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:02 pm

I do the same as Ms Fox but I scrub any marks off with an old toothbrush . I find drying them is the problem but I might try them in my washing machine next time....That will mean less drying time, hopefully. :D
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by cookielucylou » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:07 pm

Thanks all :)
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by Hanlou » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:22 pm

The leading rein ropes I use have to be hand washed as they're not colour fast (as the guinea pigs' tie-dye effect towel will attest to!) but cargo nets and similar get put in the washing machine.

I wring any hand-washed ropes out thoroughly and then stick them on the washing line. They usually dry pretty fast but I have spares so I don't have to wait for it to dry.
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by stormsmuggler » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:42 am

Washing machine and washing line on a good drying day or tumble dryer while I'm out. so i don't have to listen to the plastic ends clanging around :lol: I've only ever had one end come off and stuck it back on with copydex. the dog toys that I use have the ends taped up with duck tape, it lasts 3 or 4 washes before needing renewed
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by faye1988 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:05 am

I put my last one in the washing machine and the plastic end came off, so the rope unravelled, I'll be hand washing it next time.
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Re: Cleaning ropes.

Post by BasilTheRat » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:30 am

I wash my ropes every month, just bung them all in the sink with hot water and some bio washing powder. Leave them for an hour, then rinse them out a few times. Hang them out on the washing line, and they are ready to go back in after a couple of days! Its a bit of a pain getting them dry in the winter though :(
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