Take care of your Hammock, and it will take care of you
How to Care for Hammocks, Keep them Dry, and Fix Them.
You’re likely to have spent a lot of time in your hammock if you’re an avid hammock owner. You’ve probably noticed that your hammock needs some TLC to look and feel great. You most likely want to spend more time in your hammock.
Even though the materials may be durable, they still require a little love and attention every once in a while.
It begs the question: How do you maintain a hammock?
We have the answers.
What Happens if You Don’t Take Proper Care Of Your Hammock
Hammock Universe hammocks are made of premium materials. They are built to last and can withstand extreme weather conditions. All hammock fabrics can fray over time due to excessive use and weather conditions. Without proper care, they will eventually fall apart. If you apply too much weight, hooks and chain links can break.
You don’t want your relaxing nap interrupted by chains snapping or your hammock breaking in half. Regular maintenance is essential.
General Hammock Maintenance Tips
These are the best hammock care tips for keeping your hammock secure and clean throughout the summer.
Always inspect for damage
Before hanging your hammock, make sure to inspect it for any damage. You should inspect your hammock for any broken, worn, or damaged materials.
All materials, including string, rope, and fabric, are susceptible to fraying. When too much weight is added, chains can become stretched and eventually break.
You should be careful about spiders if you leave your hammock out in the heat. There’s nothing worse than getting up to hang out and finding out that a few spiders had the same idea.
Mildew can cause more severe problems and is harder to detect. You should look out for discoloration or fabric staining, and any film or algae in your hammock. These can be easily treated, but mildew may cause respiratory problems if inhaled.
Hammocks are very easy to clean and can be repaired in a matter of minutes. Proper storage and regular cleaning can prevent mildew growth and other damage to your hammock.
How to Clean, Fold, and Store Hammocks
Regular cleaning is important for hammocks, especially if they are used outside often. You can keep your hammock looking great, avoid bug infestations and mildew, and keep it clean.
These handy tips will help you clean up your hammock, no matter how long it is being stored.
This is the first part of your hammock cleaning effort. It’s designed to remove any particles that have settled on the materials. How do you get it done? It’s best to shake it off, Taylor Swift said.
You can suspend one end of the hammock and shake the other vigorously.
Although you won’t be able to remove all the dirt in one go this will help get rid of any pollen, dust or tree leaves that may be hidden in the folds.
You might need to adjust your washing methods depending on the hammock material. If in doubt, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean your hammock properly.
Before cleaning, take out any spreader bars that are removable from your hammock.
For hammocks that have non-removable spreader bars,
- Place the hammock flat on a smooth surface.
- Use a hose to spray it.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap to scrub the surface.
- Spray stubborn spots with a stain remover.
- Use your hose to rinse the hammock clean.
- To dry your hammock outside, hang it from a stand or tree.
Some hammocks can be machine washed.
For hand washing your hammock, fill a bucket, tub, or kid’s swimming pool with 2 gallons of warm water and 2 ounces of mild detergent. To prevent strings from getting tangled, tie off each end of a Mayan, Nicaraguan, or Brazilian hammock by hand. Use your hands to gently rub the fabric with your fingers. To remove soap residue, drain the bucket and fill it with water. Rinse thoroughly. Your hammock will be clean when the water runs clear.
You can dry it by gently sucking out water and hanging it outside. If the hammock doesn’t have spreader bars, place a stick or broom in the hammock crosswise to dry it faster.
After washing your hammock, dry it completely before folding it. A damp hammock can be folded and put at risk for mold and mildew growth, just like wet laundry.
Just like washing, your hammock type will determine how you fold it.
- Non-spreader bar hammocks can be folded once at the end. Then hang the loops on a hook or put the cords in a closet.
- Brazilian hammocks can be folded in half so they will fit snugly into their pouch.
- Spreader-bar hammocks can be laid on a smooth surface. Fold the ropes and ring into the hammock bed at one end. Then roll the hammock towards the other end with the spreader bar.
How to properly store your Hammock
Every type of hammock requires different care and maintenance. To avoid mildew and other damage, store your hammock in dry places. A hammock should be stored indoors in a breathable bag, away from direct sunlight and dampness. The hammock can be stored in a cool, dry basement, provided it does not get wet.
If your hammock must be stored in a garage or shed, ensure it is in a weather-tight bag that is high enough to keep rodents out. Although they are just as fond of hammocks as us, rats, mice, and squirrels love them as much. Rodents can chew, chew, gnaw and scratch hammocks, especially if they are left outdoors or near a forest.
Hammocks shouldn’t be kept outside. However, if you do intend to store your hammock outdoors, ensure that it is in a weather-tight bag and out of direct sunlight.
General Hammock Safety
If something goes wrong with your hammock, it can cause a rapid and drastic change in altitude followed by a severe impact. It is important that your hammock works properly and doesn’t fall or break.
Sizing and Weight Limits
Start by checking the weight and size limits on any hammock that you hang. You’re likely to have a miserable time if you’re 200-pounds and you’re sitting in a hammock that’s meant for children.
Your hammock must be able to support your weight and it should be long enough that you don’t fall out.
How to safely hang a Hammock
This has been discussed before. To summarize, the points that you attach your hammock to must be at an appropriate distance and strong enough to support your weight.
Your suspension should be at a 30-degree angle. This allows enough flexibility so that your weight doesn’t force the hammock, suspension equipment, or anchor points as you sit.
Exercising too much force can cause major damage, and even lead to you falling to your death.
Hammocks with spreader bars shouldn’t be taut when suspended. Instead, they should curve gently just like a banana, or a smile.
Finally, the average hammock should be 18 inches above the ground, depending on how tall you are.
How to repair a Hammock
Your hammock may sustain some damage, even if you take care. It’s easy to repair your hammock yourself and prevent further damage if you are know-how.
What are your sewing skills like? You can fix most holes quickly if you are skilled with a needle or thread.
Use a darning needle with waterproof thread to cross-hatch small holes
Polypropylene rope may be needed for larger holes. You will need two large dowels to make a patch. Tie it in place and darn if necessary.
Repairing strings and ropes
To prevent further damage and snagging, tie loose strings immediately. Also, tie broken or damaged strings back together whenever possible. If the string is not tied, tie it to the nearest knot of the weave.
You can replace the end ropes of your hammock if they are damaged or rotted from mold and mildew.
A fabric protector is a great option to protect your hammocks made of polyester and rope from mold and mildew.
Broken Chain Attachments
Broken chain links are more difficult to repair. You don’t want to spend hours trying to fix broken chain links with pliers. It’s cheaper to replace your chains for the price. This will make sure your hammock chains are safe and secure.
Cleaning Tips for Different Hammock Types
Although it may seem daunting to care for a rope hammock, it is quite simple.
Take your hammock, spread it on a deck or outdoor concrete surface, and then hose it off. Next, use warm soapy water to clean the stains. After you’re done, rinse the hammock and hang it outside to dry.
It is important to take care of the wooden spreader bar to avoid splintering, cracking, and fading.
You should keep an eye on the condition of your wood, and make sure to refinish it once in a while if it starts becoming dull or faded.
Camping hammocks are made from lightweight, thin materials so it is important to use extreme care when cleaning them.
To keep your camp in tip-top shape, we recommend hand washing. To gently remove dirt and grime, use a mild detergent or dishwashing soap with a damp cloth.
Be sure to remove all metal hardware from the double hammock before you wash it.
Woven (Brazilian, Mayan, etc.)
Although woven hammocks like the Mayan and Brazillian are extremely durable, they are also susceptible to wear and tear. It is important to clean these works of art with care.
Attach each end of your hammock to the other and wash in warm water with mild detergent. To ensure that the fabric is dry quickly, hang the hammock in a ventilated area.
The quilted hammock is made for outdoor use, so they aren’t as fragile as other options. It is best to clean your hammock outdoors with a hose.
Combine the following ingredients to make a gentle cleaning solution.
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 8 cups water
- Use a few drops of liquid dish soap
Lay the hammock flat on the ground. Next, use a dry brush to gently remove any dirt or debris from the surface.
Spray the cleaning solution onto the hammock with a spray bottle. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse off with a hose. Hang it outside to dry.