Tip: Rope Care and Inspection

Posted by Keren Warner on

Ropes are used all throughout climbing activities including in aerial adventure parks and on zip line tours. The application might range from providing a loop to step on to being the lifeline for an assist device. Ropes used for life safety applications, like in a Mark Elephant, need to be cared for and inspected regularly. Here are a few pointers to follow to make sure your rope will be ready when you need it.

Rope Care:  
  • Avoid stepping on rope and using it in dirt filled environments. The dirt can work its way into a rope and degrade it from within.
  • Keep chemicals away from ropes. Harsh cleaners or leaking batteries can severely damage a rope.
  • Limit exposure to UV rays. Just like the sun fades your car's interior it can wear away at critical ropes and reduce their strength.
  • Clean your rope. A rope that has become dirty can usually be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Hang your rope, uncoiled and away from the sun, to dry.
Rope Inspection:  
  • Inspect your rope frequently to ensure it will always be ready when you need it.
  • Run the entire length through your hands looking at and feeling the rope for issues.
    • Feel for hard, soft, or flat spots in the rope.
    • Look for cuts, nicks or excessive abrasion.
  • Check any attachment points including knots or sewn eyes.
  • Storage: Check that where the rope is kept is dry, cool, and away from contaminants or other potential harms. This can even include possible rodent interaction.
  • Review the manufacturer's guidelines for rope life expectancy.
Have a question about rope care or what rope you need for a device? We are always available to help via phone at 203-692-4644 or email at orders@ropesparkequipment.com.

Note: Manufacturer's recommendations, manuals, and instructions should always be referenced and followed. 

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