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Hammocks are a fun and comfortable way to enjoy outdoor life. But, because they are used outdoors, they often get dirty. Hammocks usually aren’t difficult to clean, but they come in such a vast range of styles and materials, it’s hard to know how to do it correctly.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to clean a hammock.
What is Your Hammock Made of?
Cleaning instructions for your hammock depend on what your hammock is made of. Some of the most popular types of hammock include:
- Y-STOP hammock is hand-woven with cotton rope, which is comfortable and durable. It is the best space for reading and sleeping, and comes with a removable pillow to provide you with extra comfort.
- There is a 59-inch durable hardwood spreader at each end, with multiple holes drilled on it, and each hole is polished to reduce friction to a greater degree and improve durability and stability.
- Accessories: Including a pillow, two tree hooks, and two chains. The large cotton rope hammock is very suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
These hammocks have an open, woven rope structure.
Hammocks With Spreader Bars
- Patio Watcher rope hammockis large enough to hold two grown adults.The total length (from loop to loop) is11-feet while the bed resting area is 75 inches Long x 55 inches Wide. Two 13-inch chains for adjust. This hammock is designed to safely support a maximum capacity of 400 pounds.
- This Hammock is made of Textilene and Olefin material that is non-toxic fabric, soft, breathable, comfortable, weatherproof and oil proof. The fabric is vinyl coated for easy clean up and dry quickly.
- Comes with a high quality rope hammock, sturdy suspension rings, two 13-inch chains for easy setup.
Many rope or fabric hammocks have spreader bars on one or both ends.
- Enjoy the Swing: Lie down and rest with your friends, kids or lovers, relax in complete comfort under the sway.
- Super Lightweight: Can be folded into the small attached sack, portable to carry and fits into backpack. It is a great replacement for tent, sleeping pad, ground mat, swing, cradle, etc.
- Durable & Comfortable: Made of 210T parachute fabric material, has excellent antifraying, anti-tearing, dirty resistance. Easy to be cleaned and dry quickly after being wet.
Most modern hammocks are made of ripstop parachute nylon.
- This extra large double hammock provides a roomy space to hold 2 grown-ups, and can safely support a maximum capacity of 450 pounds.
- Quilted polyester fabric with inner cotton padded bed and pillow offer a comfortable and carefree feeling when lying in this hammock.
- Featured with UV resistant coating on smooth polyester cotton fabric with fully PP cotton padded, offers a long service life for outdoor and cozy lying feeling.
Many traditional Central and South American hammocks are made of woven fabric, usually cotton.
- High quality boho hammock : made of 80% sturdy canvas and 20% polyester fiber. High quality construction ensures this hammock will never tear or break with regular use.
- Handmade beautiful & comfortable: the classic design is comfortable and ultra-supportive, and the macrame details offer a modern twist to a classic, hanging hammock bed size is 114 x 40, with plenty of room to relax for 1 person.
- Brazilian style multifunction: the hammock will make you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud. suitable for all ages and can be used in any indoor or outdoor space.
Many conventional military and naval hammocks were made of canvas.
How to Clean Your Hammock
Almost all hammocks can be washed by hand. To hand-wash a hammock, follow these steps:
- Spread the hammock out flat.
- Use a soft brush to brush away any superficial dirt and debris.
- Fill a large bucket or wading pool with cool water and mild detergent.
- Immerse the hammock in the water and swish it around to clean it.
- Drain the water and rinse the hammock with clean water.
- This may need to be repeated until the water runs clear.
If your hammock does not have removable spreader bars, it can’t be immersed in water. Instead, follow these steps to clean it.
- Lay the hammock out on a flat surface.
- Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away superficial dirt and debris.
- Mix a bucket of water and mild detergent.
- Use the brush and the soapy water to scrub the hammock clean.
- When you’ve cleaned one side, flip it over and scrub the other side.
- Rinse the hammock with clean water.
- Hang the hammock to dry in the sun.
Many hammocks are also machine washable and can be washed alone on a gentle cycle with cool water and a small amount of mild soap. Consult the manufacturer to find out the proper care for your specific hammock.
Always remember to remove any hooks, spreaders, or carabiners before washing a hammock.
If your hammock has tassels, tie them in a large knot to prevent them from tangling during washing.
No matter what type of hammock you have, never dry it in a clothes dryer. Always hang it to naturally dry in the sun.
Make sure your hammock is completely dry before folding, packing, or storing it to prevent mold and mildew.
How to Get Stains Out of a Hammock
Hammocks can get all kinds of stains, and removing them depends on the stain and type of hammock you have. Here are some ways to get stains out of a hammock.
Use Vinegar on Mildew and Plant Stains
For canvas hammocks, use vinegar to remove mildew stains because bleach may stain or compromise the fabric.
- While the hammock is dry and hanging, pour vinegar onto the stains and allow it to soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a scrub brush to scrub the stains on the hammock.
- You may need to repeat this to remove the stains entirely.
Use an Oxygenated Cleaner on Stains
For rope hammocks, an oxygenated cleaner is a great way to remove stains.
- Fill a wading pool or large container with water, and add the recommended amount of oxygenated cleaner.
- Place the hammock in the water without submerging any hardware like hooks and rings.
- Soak the hammock in the detergent for up to an hour.
- Use your hands to grab handfuls of the rope and rub them against each other, working your way through the entire hammock, focusing on the stained areas.
- Then lay the hammock out flat and treat any remaining stains with a soft-bristled brush and mild detergent.
- Rinse the hammock with a garden hose and hang it to dry.
Hammocks are durable and easy to care for, and when cleaned correctly, they will remain enjoyable and last for years.
It’s always a good idea to review the care and cleaning instructions before buying a hammock because they can be challenging to clean by hand.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to wash your hammock and take proper care of it, so it lasts for years to come.