Hammock Care- Cleaning and storing hammocks with spreader bars

Don’t plan on machine washing these types of hammocks for they usually have non-removable spreader bars, which makes machine washing not possible.

If you plan on hand washing these particular hammocks simply lay the hammock on your driveway or deck, any hard surface that is free of debris. Using a bucket of water with mild detergent, and a soft bristle brush, clean the hammock bed on one side, then flip the hammock and clean the other side the same way. This will allow you to inspect the rope or fabric as well. If you see dark, or black discoloration, (mold or mildew) be sure to clean thoroughly in that area. Once you have cleaned the hammock, hang it to dry. This is important, because making sure your hammock is dry, is the greatest thing you can do to insure many years of use for your hammock. Once a hammock becomes wet, the faster it dries, the better it will be for your hammock. Hang your hammock in direct sunlight, as if you were going to use it. Hammocks with spreader bars allow all the rope or fabric on the hammock to be exposed when hanging normally. This should allow your hammock to dry in one-two full days.

Before storing these particular hammocks, you should clean and apply a protective spray to your hammock. After first making sure your hammock is completely dry, hold the two hanging rings in your hands, bring them together, folding the hammock in half. When storing, it’s important to protect against moisture, soiling and critters. The easiest way to prevent these threats to your hammock is to use a storage bag made of outdoor, weather resistant, durable fabric that allows the hammock to breath. If you do not have a storage bag, hang the hammock from the metal rings in your garage, basement or anywhere it will remain dry and out of the way.

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