On cleaning out my boot today I have found my 5l bottle of diluted screenwash to have spread itself across the contents of my car boot, including my single 50m rope. I believe it could have been like this for up to a few weeks ( I don't often use my boot ), but the rope was definitely fairly damp and along the full length. (The rope is not dry treated)
The screenwash doesn't have any ingredients on the side so not sure exactly what has gone over my rope and google doesn't bring anything up.
Has anyone else had such an accident? Or know how much this is likely to have damaged my rope?
As far as I know detergents shouldn't affect the rope strength. But antifreeze (a major component of screen wash) could do. It's a solvent so likely to affect plastic. This is something you are best asking the rope manufacturer about.
A general rule if thumb is if you wouldnt be too worried if you drank some then your. Ope would be be fine. Other wise, could cause issues. obvioUsly not very scientific but if your stupid enough to drink screenwash then you should probably be removed from the gene pool ;)
Ethanol, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol - all fine. But anti-freeze gets a definite no, not sure why. I'm with r0x0r.wolfo - usually I think people in these "help I spilled <whatever> on my rope!" threads are being ridiculously risk averse, but in this case if it was my rope I'd probably bin it.
Just looked at my bottle of screen wash and it says 'if spilled on paintwork wash off immediately', so it's clearly not good for your cars paintwork.
If it were my rope and it had been soaking in screen wash for several weeks I'm afraid there's no way I'd use it for climbing again. I very much doubt any manufacturer would give you a different answer if you asked them for advice.
One to put down to experience, but on the bright side at least you get to go gear shopping