Rope Care

Storing Your Rope

Do not store natural fiber ropes coiled or chained.

Jute and hemp are bast fibers. They are closely related to linen, so your jute or hemp rope has properties similar to linen.  It has “memory” like a linen shirt. If you leave a linen shirt crumpled in a pile on the closet floor, it will be very hard to get all the wrinkles out. Likewise, if you leave your rope tied in knots, daisy chained, or tightly coiled it will kink and tangle a lot. It’s best to hang natural fiber rope  over something round that’s more than an inch in diameter.

Start with the rope folded in half,  half it again, and then drape it over a closet pole or something similar. Only use a tight coil to transport rope or organize your coils prior to play. If hanging your rope is not an option, make big, round, loose coils and bind them with twine instead of using the rope itself to hold the coil together.

Do not store jute or hemp in airtight containers.

Jute and hemp, being natural fibers, like to “breathe.” Jute is susceptible to mildew, and hemp will acquire an unpleasant odor if not allowed to breathe.

Natural Fibers and Moisture

Natural fiber rope should only be wet during preparation and cleaning, and then it should be dried thoroughly and promptly. Moisture will degrade natural fibers and significantly reduce its strength.

It is imperative to note that hemp rope swells and stiffens when it is wet. It will be impossible to untie knots in wet hemp until it dries. Therefore, hemp should never be used for bondage in situations where the rope or your bottom may come in contact with water.

Do not put jute or hemp rope in the clothes dryer.

An electric dryer will loosen the twist of the rope.

Do not leave your natural fiber rope in the sun …

… for a period longer than it takes to dry it. Heat and sunlight degrade  fibers.

Further instructions for correct washing and drying procedure can be found here. (link)

Notes about Use

Never apply more than 20% of the breaking strength to the rope.

Do not yank  the rope or otherwise apply sudden force. Shock loading reduces the strength of the rope unpredictably and significantly.