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daffydoug
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I've been using Dean Dill's  "Believe It Or Knot" lately to great reactions. What a wonderful effect! Thanks Dean, if you're reading this. I may even do a review on it someday. That's how much I
like it.

Also, I've been doing "Optical Ropes" a lot. Another fine effect that boggles their brain.

But after much use, these ropes are beginning to get "dingy." They are losing their natural whiteness.

I want to restore them to their pristine condition.

I wondered if you guys have a favorite method of doing this? 

I considerd bleach, but am afraid it will eat the ropes. 

How do you experienced guys clean your ropes without destroying them in the process. 

I would appreciate any ideas.

Daff
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Can you reconstruct them out of clean, new rope?

Doug
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No. The gimmicks would be difficult to duplucate. Especially the Dean Dill one. Optical ropes, ...possibly.
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I use oxi-clean on my ropes.

If white glue was used to put it together you probably should not wash it.

Ask Dean if it is washable.

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Do you put them in a washer, or do you soak them in a small tub? How much Oxi-Clean do you add to the water? Does it really work? (Info-mercials are known for their mendacity concerning the products.)
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I first put them in a jar with very hot water and oxi-clean and stir them up some. This is because I want the water very hot and the product concentrated to start.

Make sure there is plenty of extra room in the jar because the Oxi-Clean will foam up at first, so do this over the sink or washer project.

Then I just dump the lot in with a white load and check the load every once in a while to keep the rope from tying the clothes into unwashable knots.

I use cotton rope so I use the dryer as well. The dryer can discolor the rope if you've had denim or such in it so it's best to dry it in with a regular load so it is not hugging the sides of the dryer the whole time.

The rope does shrink and become more stiff. I have several ropes at any given time so I plan break in time to make the rope supple again before performance.

The rope comes out whiter than the orighinal cream color of the Magician's Rope.

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Daffydoug:

I would recommend NOT washing the set of ropes that came with Dean's Routine before you talk to Dean...you can call him at his shop....

Without tipping "the goods" let me just say that I own "Believe it or Knot" and I, personally, would be reluctant to wash my set due to it's construction.....

However, if Dean says it's OK......go for it....
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I have never tried it but Woolite maybe your answer.Check it out here http://www.woolite.us/faq.php

Hope it helps.

Mark
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No matter what detergent you use in the end you will have fuzzy rope.
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Bleach.
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There seems to be a joke in all of this with the punch line being "frayed not"
:)
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