Hammocks made today are generally easy to clean, making them
even more appealing. Keeping your hammock cleaned and dried
each season will help it to last much longer.
For washing your hammock in the washing machine, start by
holding the two end rings, one in each hand, and then bring
them together, which folds the hammock in half. Next, tie
the hammock together using string placed below the rings.
Starting on the opposite end, tie the hammock again, and then
one last time in the middle portion. The reason for this is
to prevent the metal rings from becoming tangled in the hammock
string, or the tying string. Take the hammock and place it in
a pillowcase, using string to close the opening. Always use a
mild detergent, or a hammock cleaner and restorer found at home
improvement or stores that specialize in hammocks, and never use
bleach. When the cycle is complete, gently remove all the strings
and hang the hammock to dry, preferably on a clothesline outdoors.
Some people prefer to hand wash their hammock, which is another
good option. In this case, tie the hammock as described above
and then place the hammock in a large sink or bathtub. Fully
immerse the hammock, again using mild soap or hammock cleaner
with no bleach. Use your hands to agitate the hammock for
several minutes until clean. Once the hammock is clean, use
clean water to rinse it until all the soap or cleaner is gone.
Carefully untie the hammock, and again, hang it up to dry.
Drying and storing your hammock is also important in extending
the life and condition of the hammock. For storing, you want
to wash the hammock by using one of the two options listed, and
dry it thoroughly. Once the hammock is dry, make sure it is
stored so no bugs, dirt, or moisture can get to it, thus causing
damage or mildew. The best method is to purchase a storage bag
constructed from weather resistant fabric that is durable and
breathable. Many hammock companies sell bags that are designed
specifically for this purpose. If you do not have nor cannot find
a storage bag as described, using the metal rings of the hammock,
hang the hammock in your garage, basement, or somewhere where it
can stay dry. After setting up your hammock for the next season,
if you see any mildew, use a hammock cleaner to remove it.
For hammocks that do not have removable spreader bars, machine
washing or using a bathtub or sink would be impossible. For this
type of hammock, you can lay it flat on your driveway or a large
deck, and using mild soapy water and a soft bristle brush scrub
each side. When finished with both sides, use the garden hose to
wash off the soapy water. Once completely cleaned, find a place
for it to hang until dry.