As a general policy, ropes should be washed as infrequently as possible. Each washing softens and weakens the fibers of the rope which decrease its lifespan.
Because of the hand-dyed nature of the ropes, some bleeding can occur when washing. It is recommended to wash rope with like colors or on its own.
When drying ropes, the strands may 'puff-up' and become very loose. This is normal and not a defect. Using the rope under tension will cause the strands to lay correctly again.
Ropes (particularly natural fiber ropes) should be stored in a cool, dry, well ventilated location. Do not expose ropes to extreme heat or prolonged exposure to sunlight/ultraviolet light.
Washing ropes in a dishwasher has proven to be a good alternative to other cleaning methods because it does not agitate the rope during the wash. This method can be used for Hemp, Jute, and Bamboo ropes.
Ropes should be placed in loose coils on the top-self of a dishwasher with no dishes or detergent present. The dishwasher should then be run thru a normal cleaning cycle with heat drying. When the wash cycle is complete, run each rope thru your hands to straighten it and then hang them until completely dry (the drying can take a few days depending on temperature and humidity; pointing a fan at the drying ropes speeds up the process).
Hemp rope is quite durable and can be machine washed. Cleaning can be done in a regular washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water. Hang dry to maintain the tight twist or tumble dry to get a very soft rope (tumble dry may require stretching to return the rope to a workable size).
Jute rope should be hand washed and hung to dry. When completely dry, the rope should be reconditioned with a light coating of Mineral Oil.
Silk rope should be hand-washed and hung to dry.
Bamboo is very absorbent and water retention may be an issue while cleaning. The rope should be hand washed in the coolest water possible and hung until completely dry.
Nylon rope can be machine washed on a gentle cycle and hung to dry.