Like all outdoor gear, caring for your hammock is essential when it comes to ensuring it’ll hang around for a long time (pun intended). Life happens to hammocks. Sea salt, dirt, wine and ice cream are all likely to be found in and around your sleeper, especially after a long summer spent swinging in the sunshine. Avoid napping in an icky hammock by using these simple cleaning tips...
Before you begin, you’ll need to remove the carabiner, or any hooks used to hang your hammock. Although most hammocks are machine washable, it is advised to read the instructions of care first.
Start by shaking your hammock out and tye up the end strings or tassels. Place it in a pillowcase and tie the end shut. Using a mild detergent or soap, wash the hammock on a cold, gentle cycle then hang outside to dry. Tip: Use a stick or broom to keep your hammock open while drying.
Following the same steps as above, start by placing your hammock in a pillowcase. Next fill a tub with cool water and a mild detergent. Gently scrub, swish and squeeze to pass water through the hammock then empty the tub and refill. Repeat this process until the water runs clear. Ring out the hammock and hang outside to dry.
Note: Although using a pillowcase can help protect your hammock, it is not a necessity in the cleaning process.
For hammocks with non-removable spreader bars or timber rope guides, lay it out wide on a clean ground surface and wash down with a hose. Use the highest amount of water pressure to effectively clean every inch, then flip and repeat. Scrub both sides using either a cloth or sponge with a mild detergent or soap, focusing on problem areas. Rinse the hammock with the hose until there are no suds left and hang to air dry.
To help keep the fabric strong and the colours bright, keep your hammock stored away in the winter to avoid damage and out of direct sunlight in the summer when not in use.