Hammock Care - A Comprehensive Guide

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Hammock Care - A Comprehensive Guide

Learning the proper techniques and strategies of hammock care is important to any hammock owners looking to get the maximum life from their beloved relaxation device. The level of care you give your hammock will play a direct role in how long your item holds up and a properly maintained hammock is sure to last you years. Follow these basic steps to get the most out of your hammock.

Handle and Store with Care

Hammocks are usually made of durable cotton and while this material can last years it can also degrade quickly if it is not handled and stored properly.  Always handle your hammock by the handles to avoid tangling and other unwanted tears.  

When you are ready to store your hammock start by removing it from where it is being hanged and place it on a clean floor.  Next, take both tie loops and bring them in towards the center of the hammock. Now pull them slightly past each other while keeping them parallel.  Now cross the tie lines and pull the tie loops back towards their original ends. This will guarantee that you don't end up with an entangled hammock when you pull your hammock out next season.  

Bliss Oversized Brazilian Hammock In A Bag

Bliss Oversized Brazilian Hammock In A Bag

Always Use Ropes

One of the biggest mistakes untrained hammock users make is that they try to hang their hammock directly by its loops rather than first attaching a rope to the loops. This is a big mistake as the wear and tear on the loops can be significant. This will also cause your hammock to tear along the loop edges quicker than if properly used.  

A hammock knot is a perfect way to attach a hanging rope to your hammock and then to a suitable hanging hook. Be sure to check your hanging hooks and rope prior to sitting in your hammock as these items can also degrade in time and if they break you run a serious risk of injury.

1st Use

Prior to using your hammock you should hang it up and place it tightly together and sit on it like a swing. Gently bounce on the hammock to take any slack up and to test your tie knots.  Hammock users that skip this step in the hammock break-in process end up with a bulge forming in the middle of their unit. This can affect comfort and lower the lifespan of your hammock.

Pawleys Island Presidential Size Original Cotton Rope Hammock

Pawleys Island Presidential Size Original Cotton Rope Hammock

Avoid Broken Threads

Unfortunately, many hammocks meet their untimely demise because their owner hopped on with a sharp object in their possession. Items such as belt buckles can tear threads of your hammock lowering its comfort level and life expectancy significantly. Always check your person prior to using your hammock to avoid this problem.

If you notice a broken thread be sure to reweave the thread back into your hammock. This process can be time-consuming but it will allow your hammock to retain its load capacity. If you notice numerous tears you may have to weave all of the threads back through and attach them with reef knots.

Washing

Never wash your hammock in the washing machine. Hammocks can lose much of their integrity when machine washed and tangles can occur. Prior to washing your hammock you must take smaller pieces of rope or zip ties and fasten all the hanging strings together.  A failure to do this can result in torn strings and a dangerous hammock.

Leave your hammock to soak in warm water with shampoo and a little salt.  Do this for around 20 minutes before hanging your hammock to sundry. Do not use a dryer as the heating while tumbling action can cause threads to shrink and become brittle. This can make your hammock weak and it could break while you are using it which can result in serious injury.

Life Expectancy

Cotton as with all fabrics will not last forever so be sure to check the capabilities of your hammock by sitting on it while it is hung with all the threads brought in tight like a swing.  In this manner, you can give a slight bounce to your hammock and even if it rips you have the support of the other strings to keep you from falling. Older hammocks are going to eventually need to get replaced but by following the tips in this guide you can get years of excellent hammock relaxation out of your product with little to no worry.

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