Spring is finally here! And it’s time to get your hammock on. Whether you’ve kept your hammock up during the fall and winter, or if you’ve tucked it away for the colder seasons, you’ll need to follow these steps to insure your hammock is in tip-top shape.
To make sure you don’t end up falling, it’s important to inspect your hammock and the hammock stand. Make sure there are no rips, tears, worn out areas, or signs of critter nibbles. Be sure to inspect any chains and hammock hooks to make sure they’ve not stretched or broken due to too much weight and look for any other signs of wear. Inspect the spreader bars and make sure they don’t need to be replaced. Be sure to thoroughly look over your stand as well.
Cleaning the Rope
The easiest and most preferred way of cleaning rope hammocks is with soap and water. Who knew?! Use mild liquid detergent and warm water with a soft-bristled scrub brush to complete this task. Start by spreading your hammock on your deck or a concrete surface and then soak it thoroughly with a hose. Next, pour the warm, soapy water over the hammock and start scrubbing! Rinse everything thoroughly before allowing your hammock to dry. If you have cotton rope, it may shrink a little in drying, but will stretch back out with use.
If you have a hammock with polyester or DuraCord® ropes, place your hammock in a kiddie wading pool or bathtub, soaking the rope thoroughly. Be sure to keep the wooden spreader bars and galvanized O-rings out of the water as much as possible. Try propping them up with a bucket or some other type of container. Add some OxiClean™ or a mild detergent such as Wisk. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner container for the proper amounts and allow the rope to soak in the soapy solution for about an hour. Take a handful of rope in each hand and rub the pieces together and use a soft-bristled scrub brush to work on any stains. Once you’ve cleaned all of the rope in this way, rinse the whole hammock using a garden hose. Finally, allow the hammock air-dry on a flat surface so that the rope doesn’t stretch while drying.
Caring for the Wood
Normal outdoor weathering will occur and over time the finish will start to dull and wear off. Refinish the wood once you notice any wear, to ensure maximum like from your hammock. It is not recommended to take apart your hammock; instead, leave everything tied together and carefully work around the rope.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding hammock care, feel free to leave me a message! What’s your favorite hammock cleaning tip? Leave it in the comments below!