6 practical tips for cleaning hammocks

by Live hammock

Hammocks are synonymous with relaxation; you would be unable to relax if you thought you were resting in grime and mold. Mold grows in moisture, then comes rot. Here are some handy tips for keeping your hammock clean.

1. Keep it dry
To make your hammock last longer, you should keep it not only free of dirt, but also as dry as possible.
After unpacking your hammock and before its first try, spray it with a fabric protector, following the instructions on the label.
Repeat the treatment every 3 to 5 months.
Do not hang the hammock in full sun since the rays will pale the synthetic fabrics and weaken the cotton.
Find a dry place indoors to store the hammock in case of bad weather or when you do not hang it up for a while.

2. Clean it by hand
The successful and universal approach to cleaning a hammock is to mix 30 ml (2 tbsp) of liquid dish detergent with 9 liters of water.
Spread the hammock on a large hard surface, free of debris, such as a terrace.
Keeping the wooden spreader bars dry, rub one side of the hammock with a soft cloth or sponge, then turn it over and clean the other side.
A soft bristle brush will allow you to gently rub dirty areas.
Rinse with clear water and hang the hammock in the air, preferably in a breeze with low humidity, but not in direct sunlight. Quick drying keeps fibers strong and prevents mold.
The hammock should be completely dry in two days. Other cleaning approaches depend on the fabric and construction of your hammock.
3. Clean the white rope
To clean the white cotton or cotton and polyester cord, simply clean the dirt spots using 1 part mild laundry detergent per 8 parts water. If you see mold, put the hammock in the tub and soak it in a bleach solution, 1 cap of bleach for 4 liters of water, for 30 minutes.

4. Attach the synthetics
To clean fabrics like polyester and acrylic, tie the hammock so it won't get tangled, if it's a simple model that doesn't have spreader bars.
Fold the hammock in half, bringing the rings together at both ends.
Tie it with string just below the rings, then at the fold and finally in the middle of your package. This keeps the material out of the ropes and prevents the ropes from twisting into a puzzle.
Put the package in a pillowcase and close it with a tie.
Put it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and add 60 ml (1/4 cup) of mild laundry detergent. After washing, detach and extend the hammock to dry.
Give it two days to dry and you can take it easy again!
If you prefer, you can also wash it by hand in a solution of 1 part mild laundry detergent per 4 parts water.
If the yarn is dyed in solution, which means that the dye was added while the synthetic was still liquid, you can get rid of mold and stains by hand washing in a solution of bleach and water. Do not mix stronger than 50:50.
Use rubber gloves and test the color fastness on an inconspicuous corner.

5. Rub a colored cloth or cord
To clean a colored cord, a fabric hammock or a quilted cloth, rub with 125 ml (1/2 cup) of laundry detergent in 20 liters (5 gallons) of warm water.
Test before to see if the colors hold.
Treat mold areas with the bleach solution suggested above for cotton cord hammocks.

6. Also clean the pillows
Wash stains from hammock pillows using a mild dish detergent solution and a soft bristle brush.
Avoid soaking the interior padding.