Any successful hammock camping adventure will require some maintenance and care not just to your hammock but to all your gear. If you are going to store your hammock for long durations this is where the most harm can be caused. Nylon material is naturally resistant, but every once in a while, you may want to show some love to your hammock with a wash.
After washing you want to ensure it can be stored correctly so your hammock is in good condition ready to go for your next planed adventure. After all, getting dirty is one of the hallmarks of the life outdoors and the sign of a successful adventure.
How Do You Wash Your Hammock?
Cleaning your hammock is not generally necessary unless it has an odor or has dirt or grime. If heavily soiled, the pressure from a regular garden hose will remove most loose dirt. For more severe cleaning, remove your carabiners and hand wash with warm water, a sponge and mild, non-detergent soap. Do not use dishwashing liquid, detergent, bleach, pre-soaking solutions, or spot removers. After washing rinse well. Dry your hammock by pitching it or line-drying. Never dry clean, machine- wash or machine-dry your Hammock.
Dry your hammock by pitching or line-drying. Never dry-clean or machine-dry your Hammock. The high heat can warp or shrink the synthetic materials. Air dry is recommended, simply set up your hammock in your backyard on a sunny day or hang in a dry store. The nylon material dries quickly. Your hammock will be good to use within an hour if it’s a warm sunny day out.
How should I Store My Hammock & Rain Fly?
The best way to ensure your hammock is in good condition for many years to come is not to pack or store your Hammock or Rain Tarp if wet, damp or dirty. Although we use the best materials available storing wet material for as little as 24 hours in warm weather is likely to start the process of mildew forming on the fabric. Mildew can permanently damage the Nylon. Mildew stains are permanent and they cannot be removed without potential harm to the fabric coatings
For long-term storage, keep your hammock in a dry and in a cool area, out of direct sunlight. Avoid storing your hammock in humid or salty air, and with damp equipment or clothing. Do not store near corrosive chemicals. You do not want your hammock smelling next time you use it or deteriorating from harmful odors! It is advised to store outside of its stuff sack, as you would a sleeping bag, in a breathable, over-sized cotton or mesh duffel for protection. On the cheap, an old pillowcase is ideal.
Your hammock will provide you hours of relaxation for years to come with a little care. We know Life happens to hammocks, dirt, mud, coffee and food. This is all part of the adventure and it’s easy to keep your hammock clean and fresh throughout its lifetime if you follow the simple steps for proper care.