I have a Lanex Altea (6 months old) which I washed last week for the first time. I washed it three times in clean water, the fourth time I added 2 teaspoons of Bio Classic (used for normal clothes) and I then rinsed it twice. My owners manual states: \"Soap or soap flakes are best for washing rope.\". I hanged my rope to dry for four days.
I used my rope today for the first time after it has been washed, and there were two things that worried me
The first is that the rope now has this bitter taste when you put the rope in your mouth, to take up slack when clipping. Trust me, you taste it very well
And the other is that the rope now runs a lot quicker through your hands and belay device than it used to. The rope also has this strange feel of plastic, but the rope has never been damaged, burned whilst belaying, nor was the rope that dirty
My question is should I be worried about the bitter taste
Has anybody had the same experience
And about the rope running quicker. Will it return to normal after some use, or is it a normal side effect for a rope that has been washed for the first time