Hammock Care and Storage
A guide to washing and protection
The care and storage of a hammock is quite straight forward. Because of advances in technology, hammocks are designed to withstand a certain amount of dirt and weather damage, however the washing and protection of your hammock is simple. There are any ways in which you can help to prolong the life of your hammock, keeping its colors vibrant and its fibers strong.
The best way to store a hammock is to wrap it in a non-plastic, sealable, breathable, waterproof bag, preferably a special hammock bag which are not as expensive as you might think. Make sure the hammock is completely dry before folding it into the bag, otherwise it will get damp and mildew will form on it. Alternatively, hang the hammock in a dry place, such as a garage or basement, by folding it in half and using the metal rings to suspend it from a hook.
If your hammock has removal spreader bars you can launder it in the washer. Avoid tangled or ripped string by carefully folding the hammock and tying it with a piece of string at the end and centre, then placing it in a pillow case which you should then secure at the top with more string.
For hand washing, you should still tie the hammock up in a pillow case, and then just immerse it in water with some mild detergent. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Rinse in cool water until the hammock is completely free of detergent, untie and hang out to dry. If the spreader bars are non-removable and you therefore cannot fit it into your sink, simply brush away any dirt with soapy water and hose it down on your driveway or deck.