Long-time readers of our blog will be aware that we have a ‘thing’ for hammocks. To call us big fans would be an understatement. For even more hammock-based information you can click here to our recent blog post on ‘hammock health benefits’). If you’ve recently taken the big step of purchasing a hammock from us (or anywhere else – congratulations! We’ve put together some basic hints and tips to allow you (and your loved ones) to enjoy a hammock that delivers a ‘like new’ experience.
Tips to Care for a Hammock
1) Always take into account weight limits
The hammocks that we provide have been designed to accommodate weights of up to 450 pounds. If you exceed this limit there is a danger of the fiber tearing or ripping.
2) Be Weather Aware
It really doesn’t matter what type of hammock you end up purchasing, always ensure that it is stored in a safe place where it remains dry. This is especially essential during major storms as heavy winds and snowfall, as well as torrential rain, can cause severe damage to your hammock.
3) Keep your Hammock Safe by Storing it
If there are long periods when your hammock is not in use (for instance during the colder months of the year) then store it. There is no point in exposing the hammock to potential weather damage if it is not being used regularly. Storing it also prevents those last-minute speed sprints to take your hammock down when the weather does change without warning.
4) Ensure that your Hammock is Free of Debris
Bacteria are extremely hardy and will seize any opportunity to start growing on dead leaves and garden debris. That growth will almost inevitably be an invitation to molds and mildew – and before you know it they will have migrated to your hammock. Whether large or small hammocks, even the best quality hammocks can fall prey to molds and mildew – make sure to deal with debris that may have settled on the hammock and clean up any spills, sugar is especially attractive to these organisms.
5) Know your Materials
Different makes and models of hammocks are manufactured using a variety of materials. Some of these materials (especially synthetics) are more weather and mold resistant than others. Many materials are also highly stain-resistant. Double-check to ensure you know what hammock material you are dealing with and make appropriate storage arrangements (as per manufacturer recommendations). Remember that the connecting ropes can also develop mildew or mold, making proper storage even more important.
6) Hand Washing is Best
Keeping your hammock pillow in great shape means avoiding the washing machine. To ensure that your hammock keeps looking great and provides years of service, spot clean when required. Make sure that the pillow is completely dry, and avoid storing it in places that may be subject to dampness.
By following these simple guidelines you will enjoy many years of pleasure from a hammock that looks great and will last season upon season. If you are looking to make a lifestyle-enhancing hammock purchase then spend a little time looking at our wide selection of not only hammocks but also stands and pillows that have been designed specifically for use with hammocks. And if you should have any questions about the right hammock for you don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team who can offer you advice on which hammock is ideal for you.