Please note, this is My basic rope conditioning technique, it’s not the ONLY technique. Use it at your own risk. Any questions, please contact Me. 

Conditioning involves:

1) Waxing

  • Put some wax in your palm (about a finger scoop full) and pull the rope through your palm all the way to the end. Turn rope around, put another finger scoop in your palm and pull rope all the way back. Without adding more wax, then start in the middle and work out to each end.

2) Singing the rope to defluff it (it will suddenly look much thinner)

  • Over a gas flame, pass the rope (twirling it as you go through) the top edge of the flame so that the fluff sparkles off, about three times (until it stops sparkling). Move on to next section of the rope, all the way through to the end. Be careful of the actual ends, they will catch fire easily. Wipe lightly through a (just) damp cloth afterwards to remove the soot (don’t wet the rope, just wipe off the soot)

3) Conditioning with a wax blend or pure oil

  • Now put some oil in your palm (as you did with the wax) and pull the rope through your palm all the way to the end. Turn rope around, put some more oil in your palm and pull rope all the way back. Add a little more oil, then start in the middle and work out to each end.
  • I usually do the whole conditioning process once, then hang the rope (doubled over) for 24 hours. I then do just the wax treatment again, hang it for another 24 hours and it’s complete. I might rewax it a few months later, but in between I will treat it (basically doing the same thing) using some Camellia Oil every couple of weeks. However, be aware I do like quite a “wet” rope, which is more common in Japan than Australia.
  • (I sell both wax and oil which are based on what I have been taught by My Japanese friends, or you can use a good oil that doesn’t go rancid…Jojoba would be my recommendation if you have some already, and I have heard good reports about coconut oil). Don’t use cooking oils.