Hammock Care Guide
To ensure your hammock is a faithful and comfortable companion for years to come there a few simple things you can do.
Protection from the Elements
While hammocks are designed to be used and enjoy outdoors (and indoors) constant exposure to the elements, sun, wind and rain, can be detrimental to the longevity of your hammock.
UV rays take a toll on everything including hammocks, so while it's great having your hammock outdoors ready to go at all times, constant sun exposure will eventually weaken your hammock and fade the colours. This is more so the case with non-weather proof hammocks such as cotton and organic cotton, however, while our weatherproof hammock range is made from materials designed to be more UV resistant they are not indestructible and constant exposure to UV will obviously have a more deteriorating effect than having them in a protected setting or indoors.
Similarly, hammocks made from cotton and organic cotton should be protected from rain and dampness where possible. This usually just involves bringing your hammock inside when the weather is likely to turn and overnight to protect from dew. Should your cotton hammock get wet, this is no big problem, simply let it dry out on the next fine day. Do ensure though that cotton hammocks don't stay in wet, damp conditions for too long as this can allow mold to grow and rot the cotton fabric. Our weatherproof range of hammocks are water repellent and quick drying, so for them getting wet now and then is no problem, but again if wet weather is forecast for the week or you are heading into winter, bringing your hammock down will prevent unnecessary wear on your hammock.
Protection from Damage
When hanging your hammock always take care to ensure the immediate surrounding area is free from anything that could cause damage to your hammock. This could include tree branches, bushes, rough cut fence posts and even farm animals such as goats! Ensure your hammock can swing freely without coming into contact with anything else, including the ground. In windy conditions, hammocks catch like sails placing extra strain on the material and hammock arms, so bringing your hammock inside in these conditions is always a good idea.
Washing your Hammock
There may come times when you notice your hammock is showing a bit of use and could do with a clean. Our hammocks are machine washable at 30°C (86 °F). Hang dry. Prior to washing, it can pay to bind the hammock arms together and/or wash within a laundry bag or pillowcase. This will help prevent the arms twisting or tangling. Hammocks with bars can be washed by hand.
Storing your Hammock
When the hammock season comes to an end and you decide to put your hammock away for the next season always ensure it is completely dry. Protect cotton hammocks from moths such as storing in a plastic bag and ensure it is stored in a dry place. Avoid leaving in garden sheds which can get very damp.