No matter what task you're using rope for, there is always the issue of the ends fraying and the rope losing its shape and strength.
This can be extremely irritating, especially if you have spent a long time carefully selecting the type of rope required for a specific task. At Rope Warehouse, we know everything there is to know about rope, so naturally, we are here to help you find a solution to your fraying rope dilemmas and prevent it from happening again in the future.
1 - Determine The Rope’s Fibre
There are several different types of rope available on the market all made from varying different fibres. To figure out how to effectively stop your rope from fraying, first determine if it is made from natural fibres such as hemp or is man-made such as polyester.
2 - Burn The Ends
If your rope is plastic, then burning the ends is the most effective solution to the fraying process. By gently burning the ends, the plastic in the fibre melts and fuses together preventing any more strands coming loose.
3 - Tape The Ends
One of the easier solutions and one that suits natural and man-made fibres, tape is a fantastic way to stop rope from fraying. Use duct tape or electrical tape to carefully cover the ends. You may need several pieces that overlap each other to keep the loose ends from escaping. Use a wide, flat piece of tape to fold over the top and then secure it in place by wrapping the rest of the rope. Go slightly below the fray to create a more polished look.
4 - Wrap The Ends
A classic sailing trick, wrapping the ends of rope with whipping twine is extremely effective. Use a whipping knot and secure the end of the rope. To help keep it in place and secure effectively, you can also gently melt the twine as it is made from a wax coating. This provides a hard coating around the ends of the rope and seals in in place. Browse our range of whipping twine on our website.