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Clorox damage bowstring?

While cleaning my gear, I accidentally sprayed a solution of 50/50 clorox and water on my bowstring. Thought it was a spray bottle of just water until I smelled it a few minutes later and realized I used the wrong bottle . I rinsed off the string and all seems to be well. Question is, did the chlorine weaken or compromise the string?
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not sure . try calling your local archery store and ask, they should be able to tell you. never seen it discussed on here before
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You should probably get a new string. Bleach will certainly weaken the strings.

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thanks , That`s what I thought, never read or heard anything about it
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I know bleach will eat clean through a cotton shirt if left there. It may only react like that to "natural" materials though. How quickly did you rinse it off? Do you know what material the string is made of?

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I know bleach will eat clean through a cotton shirt if left there. It may only react like that to "natural" materials though. How quickly did you rinse it off? Do you know what material the string is made of?
It's definitely not a natural fiber. Best I can tell its a lower end string probably made of some sort of polyester material such as Dacron. Dacron is also used for sails and can tolerate being cleaned mildly with bleach (according to the internet). But other synthetic materials such as kevlar and nylon cannot. I'm not really sure the string is Dacron though, nor would what I exposed it to count as "mild".

If I have to replace this string, it will be the third time in a year.

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If I have to replace this string, it will be the third time in a year.

why ?

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I'd replace it just for peace of mind.

Last thing I would want is a bow to blow up in my hand......
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I'd replace it just for peace of mind.

Last thing I would want is a bow to blow up in my hand......
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I'd replace it just for peace of mind.

Last thing I would want is a bow to blow up in my hand......

Ditto. I would also echo the sentiments expressed earlier, why a 3rd bow string in a year? Might be a good opportunity to find out why this bow seems to be eating strings. Given that, don't chance it that the bleach solution ate some of the string. It might be a mix of synthetic and natural fibers or something and if you can't be sure don't risk it.
I know how that would work out for me. I'd clean the string, it would act just fine, and on the biggest buck I would ever see in my life the string would snap at half draw.
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