First, you need to know how to enter and exit your hammock without getting hurt or causing damage to the hammock. This is actually much easier than you might imagine. Just turn your back toward the hammock, then reach behind you, and grab hold of the far side of the hammock. Then place your other hand on the near side of the hammock and lift yourself in and up. With a little practice, you will soon be getting in and out of your hammock with ease.
You will notice that with Mayan Hammocks and other non-American style hammock makers do not have spreader bars like the American style hammocks do. The hammocks without spreader bars are designed with thousands of small cells that literally mold to the shape of your body. Once snuggled in, you will feel as though you are comfortably wrapped inside a cocoon. This type of hammock is sturdy, safe, and you will not be dumped suddenly. Therefore, look for the hammocks without spreader bars.
If you have just purchased a hammock, five things should be remembered. First, whenever you move your hammock, always make sure you hold the two end loops in one hand. The reason is that otherwise, the hammock will become tangled and a real mess to fix. Second, when it comes time to store your hammock during the winter, you should hang the hammock up by both end loops. All you need to do is place the loops over a single nail located in a closet, garage, or wherever there is room. Once again, make sure the two end loops are always kept together to avoid messy tangling. If you have washed your hammock, make sure it is 100% dry before hanging or it will rot if cotton, and mildew if cotton or nylon.
Third, to keep your hammock around longer, you should not leave it out in harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, hail, etc. In fact, if you have a cotton hammock that is located where direct sun hits it every day, it would be better to take the hammock down when not in use. For one thing, colors can fade and this will help the cotton material last longer.
Fourth, it is important to keep your hammock clean. You need to begin by grabbing both of the end loops together and then tying them so they stay in place. Fill a large bucket or the bathtub with warm water and mild detergent and then swish the hammock around until clean. When finished, rinse thoroughly in warm water until all the soap is rinsed clean. Hang the hammock until completely dry before storing!
Fifth, keep in mind that sharp objects can snag your hammock, causing damage. This would include things like sharp heels, cleats, buttons, belt buckles, and even dog's nails. If you need to mend your hammock when there are broken threads, simply tie two broken ends together. This will stop the weave from running. If the damage is greater than that, you should have a professional fix the hammock. With proper care, your hammock will provide you with years of comfort and relaxation.