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How To Care For Your Hammock

Jul 25, 2008
You have taken the first step to relaxation buy buying a hammock. To preserve the hammock so that you can use it for years to come you must take a few minutes a week to perform some hammock swings care for your hammock. Cleaning it properly can extend the life of your hammock greatly.

Hammock washing involves washing your hammock swing on a regular basis. There are many ways to wash hammock fabric but it really depends on they type of hammock that you own. Many hammocks contain wood or plastic rods called spreader bars that help keep the hammock from collapsing around you when you lay in it. If the hammock has spreader bars that cannot be removed, then washing your hammock involves hand washing it with a mild soap solution and a damp rag as there is no hammock swings cleaner available.

If your hammock doesn't have spreader bars, or if they can be removed, then you can wash the hammock in a washing machine. Make sure that you use cold temperature water as well as a non bleaching detergent. One thing to keep in mind is that washing machines are harder on a hammock then hand washing, so it can lessen the life of your hammock if repeatedly washed in the washing machine. I definitely recommend hand washing your hammock.

Hand washing a hammock is fairly easy, but it does take some time and effort. The best way to do this is to spread out the hammock on a hard flat surface so that you can cover the entire surface area of the hammock at once. You can use either a damp cloth or some sort of scrubbing brush along with a mild soap solution. Simply scrub the surface are of the hammock. Then flip over the hammock fabric and repeat the process. After you have washed both sides, hang up the hammock to dry. Try to avoid the clothes dryer if possible as the hammock fabric could shrink under the heat.

Once the hammock fabric is dry you can then use the hammock or store the hammock. If you are putting the hammock in storage, make sure it is completely dry prior to storage as mildew or mold can start growing on the fabric. If at all possible, keep your hammock in a cool dry place to avoid mold from growing onto the hammock.

Keeping your hammock clean can preserve the life of it. Hammocks are for relaxing, so keep it clean to prolong that experience.
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Steve provides information about care of hammock swings through his website on Hammock Swings.
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