Tips for cleaning rope perches

Naomi Zemont shared her cool methods for cleaning rope perches (originally published in the Avian Health Forum, reprinted with permission):>"We do something terribly unorthodox... but have had good luck in extending the life of our rope perches (including the aesthetic, as well as cleanliness factors).  We use one of those large net laundry bags, the kind we would use for sweaters to prevent them from winding-around other items in the washing machine. We fold the rope perch to fit inside, then soak the whole thing in an OxyClean/water solution in a tub [email protected]> The next day, I simply stick it into the washer and wash as I would any clothing item (No fabric softener or bleach, though; We like keeping the chemicals to a minimum)>To dry? Another unorthodox solution: We bake them in the oven at about 170 until nice & dry.>We have rope perches that are several years old, and still look fairly presentable.>As for the metal and concerns the wire inside or on the ends might rust from the water? I'm pretty-sure the oven-method dries the metal enough so rust isn't encouraged. Hope this helps a bit. Naomi>PS: I'd like to add a little bit about the oven-drying piece: The fibers of your rope perch may feel a bit 'stiff' after drying in the oven (or in the sunshine... whatever) * If you'd prefer it feeling softer, all you need to do is take the (now-dry) rope perch, put it back into the net bag and then shove it into the dryer at low/medium for about 10 minutes. This action will put-back some of the 'fluff' into the fibers; Cool, huh? >> The (DRY) perch ~when exposed to the tumble-dryer heat~ won't shrink, I promise. And by the way, in case you're curious: Yeah, we've tried tumble-drying washed & still-wet rope perches. It was brutal. Some of the rope became kind of unwound & frayed, and the threads/fibers shrank. This is how we discovered using the low-temp oven method to dry them without them becoming mauled. And? Once they're dry? The potential for unwinding/fraying seems to no longer be an issue, and we already knew that dry material/fibers don't shrink, so all was well while fluffing them out. Naomi ">