Rope care is an important part of Shibari/Rope bondage. While some ropes require very little care, some require quite a lot. Here’s some tips on how to care for your rope!
Nylon and MFP
Nylon and MFP are similar but not the same. However their rope care instructions are!
Nails – One important thing (and it’s not a bad idea any time you do rope bondage) is to trim your nails and any hangnails or dead skin around your fingers or hands. This will prevent the Nylon fiber from catching and loosening the fibers.
Loose Fibers – If you do happen to catch your Nylon or MFP rope and some fibers come loose, you can simply cut the fibers off and burn the remaining bits away with a NON jet flame lighter (so a standard lighter). Only burn for a second and then run your fingers up the rope to smooth things out. It won’t be perfect, but it’s better! Note that Nylon will generally a light “fuzz” after extended use but it’s usually only visible if you’re looking at it very close up.
Cleaning – Nylon and MFP both naturally repel oil so if you ever need to clean your rope, a damp cloth is usually all that’s needed. If you get something more serious on your rope, daisy chain your rope and place it in a pillow case or laundry bag and wash with warm or cold (not hot) water on a light setting then hang to dry.
Cotton rope will naturally break down over time since it’s natural fiber, but should last a long time!
Nails – Less necessary than for Nylon and MFP, but trimming your nails or any loose/dead skin on your fingers will prevent the rope from catching.
Cleaning – If possible, avoid cleaning your cotton rope. If you really need to you can hand wash your cotton rope or wash on a light setting in your washer, using cold water and a mild detergent. The rope should be daisy chained and laced in a pillow case or laundry bag. Hang to dry, and pull/stretch the rope if the lay of the ropes looks bunched up.
Jute rope requires a fair amount of care and maintenance and should be inspected regularly especially if using for suspension and especially at the middle (bight) of the rope. If there is significant fraying, DO NOT use it for suspension.
Oiling/Waxing – As your rope ages, you will need to re-oil or wax your rope. Our Jute rope comes preconditioned with a “butter” (wax/oil) mixture which can be used again, or you can simply use Jojoba oil. To oil, simply place the oil in your hands or a dry cloth and run the rope through. Change the position of the cloth or your hand every few feet. We recommend doing it a couple times at least, starting at the opposite side for the second oiling.
Fuzz Removal – Overtime your jute may develop a lot of “fuzz”. This is normal and you’ll never be completely be rid of them, but you can reduce the fuzz, by quickly running the fuzz over an open flame, such as a the burner of a propane stove. Move quickly through the flame and go over it once or twice. We recommend re-oiling or re-waxing after removing the fuzz.
Washing – If possible, avoid cleaning your jute rope. If you really need to you can hand wash your cotton rope or wash on a light settings in your washer, using cold or hot water and a mild detergent. The rope should be daisy chained and laced in a pillow case or laundry bag. To dry, remove the daisy chain and hang dry the ropes. The MUST be dried under tension to maintain integrity. This can be done by looping the rope back and forth between two objects and pulling it very tight and knotting at the end, or hanging it over something with a weight attached to both ends. You should re-oil or re-wax after washing and drying.
These ropes are very easy to maintain and can be cleaned in the same method as the Nylon and MFP above.
You should inspect for breaks/frays after a lot of use, especially if using for uplines. Use your own discretion on how much fraying is too much. These ropes are rated for 1100-1200 lbs so some minor fraying shouldn’t generally be much to worry about.
You cannot remove the fuzz from Hempex due to it being synthetic fibers (they will melt).