How to Wash a Hammock

It is time to learn how to wash a hammock now that you went out camping with your hammock and enjoyed those wonderful landscapes. Before you delve into a new adventure with your hammock, you need to take care of it. Most nylon hammocks are machine washable, but you can also wash your hammock by hand. Yes, your hammocks are water proof and resilient but that does not mean that you should not wash them often. In fact, you should tend to keep your hammock neat and clean in order to prolong its life. Maintenance and care are necessary to keep them mold and dirt free. And, it’s a great feeling to sleep in a clean hammock the next time you got out camping.

Keep in mind that you should never use bleach or strong detergent when cleaning your hammock. Heavy chemicals can easily damage the nylon. Some manufacturers even sell hammock soap but I don’t think it is necessary as long as you have basic detergent at home.

How Do You Clean A Hammock?

Believe it or not, it is pretty easy to clean your hammock. In order to get the job done properly, get yourself a mild detergent and stay away from bleach. All you need is a tub or similar to fill with water. You might want to do this outside in a big container if your hammock has too much dirt and mud on it.

Steps for cleaning your hammock by hand:

  • Take off the carabiners, side pockets and other attached accessories.
  • Soak your hammock in cold water filled container.
  • Add 1/4 of the detergent over the hammock.
  • Start with scrubbing the toughest stains with a bristle brush.
  • Use your hands to wash the rest.
  • Once you are done scrubbing, refill the tub with fresh water.
  • Rinse your hammock well.
  • Hang outside or in a cool area to dry.

The nylon material is sturdy but so thin. In general, it takes less than 30 minutes for the hammock to get dried out.

Can You Machine Wash A Hammock?

Many hammocks can be washed in machine. Make sure you don’t use a washing machine with an agitator. It is a small detail, and almost no washing machine features these anymore, but still, it can tear your nylon hammock during washing.

Always select the gentle wash/cycle option on your machine. Avoid fabric softeners, and bleach as usual. Don’t forget to take off the carabiners, or they will ruin your washing machine. Use a mild detergent and wash the hammock by itself, do not add any other laundry. 1 tablespoon of soft detergent should be enough to clean your hammock well. Make sure you use cold water.

How Do You Clean A Nylon Hammock?

Nylon hammocks are actually the easiest to clean because of their highly durable and easy dry nature. You can apply both of the washing methods above to clean them properly. Almost all nylon hammocks are machine washable. Get a soft detergent and clean them thoroughly. Take off the carabiners before you start and don’t forget to clean them separately later on.

How Do You Clean Hammock Straps?

The best way to clean your hammock straps is to soak them in cool water and add just a little bit of detergent. Gently wash them by your hands to take out all the stains and dirt. Hang them outside to dry. Tree sap is usually the biggest issue on the straps. You can use hand sanitizers with alcohol on the straps to get rid of the stain easily.

Can You Put A Hammock in The Dryer?

Never put the hammock in the dryer unless you are planning to get a new one. Always air-dry your hammock away from the direct sunlight. It is a really quick process and only takes 30 minutes or less to get fully dry.

How Do You Clean A Moldy Hammock?

Vinegar is the best way to get rid of the mold quickly. Apply white vinegar over the stains and wait about 15 minutes so that it starts to take effect. Scrub with a soft brush to clean thoroughly. If that does not help, then try scrubbing with baking soda instead.

How Do You Clean A Macramé Hammock?

Macramé hammocks are probably the most famous hammocks in the world, but that’s about to change when more people find out about the benefits of new nylon made camping versions. The hardest part of cleaning a macramé hammock is that the strings can easily get all tangled up. You can either lay it on the ground in the backyard and scrub with detergent or tie the ends to prevent it from getting tangled and wash in a cold water filled container.

How Do You Clean A Fabric Hammock?

Cleaning a fabric hammock is usually achieved by a lot of scrubbing. First, find a good spot outdoors and lay your hammock flat. Get yourself a handy bristle brush, a pack of baking soda, some mild detergent, and warm water. Mix equal parts of soda with warm water, and add a tablespoon of detergent per 2 cups of water. Once you are ready to roll then start scrubbing the tough stains by adding the soda-detergent mixture. After you scrubbed the surface completely, let the hammock soak the mixture for 15 minutes or so. Rinse it well by using a garden hose. Take the hammock to a dry area, and flip over to repeat the process to clean the other side. Hang your hammock to dry, and congratulate yourself, you did well!

How to Properly Store Your Hammock?

You should store your hammock in a dry place, preferably in a breathable bag to avoid mold when not in use. Keep it away from moisture and direct sunlight. Clean your hammocks regularly so that the dirt doesn’t build up on them.

In Conclusion

You should take good care of your hammock if you want it to last longer. Proper and regular cleaning will work wonders and you will keep your hammock as good as new for a very long time. They are made out of sturdy material, and it is practical to wash them either by hand or in washing machine. Drying the hammock is also easy and takes less than half an hour. Always use mild detergent when cleaning your hammock and stay away from the fabric softeners and bleach.

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