Hammocks ~ Care & Cleaning Tips

hammocksHammocks, with proper care and cleaning, will remain in good shape for many years of relaxing enjoyment. When not in use, store in a clean, dry place. If your hammock does get wet, allow to air dry completely before storage. Spray water repellant on the rope for additional protection from water and weather and also treat canvas and cottom hammocks with a water repellant spray.

Hammocks Through the Years

Through the years, hammocks of all types will show signs of age and wear. White cotton fibers may darken to gray color and strength will be lost as fibers wear. Mold or mildew will develop if your hammock is not allowed to dry thoroughly.

The varnished finish may wear off spreaders and they will become bleached and may turn gray. To maintain the bright wood color, sand the spreader lightly and re-apply varnish. Preventative maintenance and cleaning of your hammocks will ensure years of pleasure.

Cleaning Your Hammock

To clean your rope hammock, lay it on a clean, dry surface that is non-abrasive, wet it down with a hose, and use a soft brush or cloth with a mild solution of warm water and detergent. This will remove most dirt and is not harmful to the natural cotton fibers. Spot clean stains and rinse thoroughly.

For stubborn stains or to remove suntan oil from hammocks, use an upholstery cleaner. When you are finished gently washing your hammock, rinse it thoroughly and allow to air dry completely before using or storing. If possible, hang over a clean deck rail to dry. Do not use bleach or any cleaning product with strong chemicals on rope hammocks.

A mild solution of soap and water should be used to clean a cotton or canvas hammocks. To remove dirt or stubborn stains use a soft brush. If you do not have a clean place outside, you can clean your hammock in a bathtub, then air dry. Keep the spreader bars out of the water as much as possible and dry immediately..

Storing Your Hammock

Protect your hammock by placing it (completely dry) in a bag or closed container, to store over the winter. Add mothballs to deter bugs and animals from taking up residence or eating away at the fabric.

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