Hammock Care: 6 Ways to Extend the Life of a Hammock

Most people don’t know this, but the use of hammocks for rest and relaxation dates back thousands of years. When you’re in one your cares just seem to melt away and you begin to view the world a little differently. Somehow, that sunset, garden or beach scene takes on the appearance of something straight out of a postcard. Maybe it’s just because you’re in the moment. Whatever it is, if you want more moments like these here are six really simple hammock care tips to extend the life of a hammock and add years of enjoyment.
Hammock Care
This first hammock care tip may seem pretty obvious, but many people don’t take the time to do it. When you’re not using your hammock roll it up and store it someplace dry and shaded. Sun, rain and intense heat beating down on it day in and day out can lead to fading of colors and the eventual breakdown of fibers often caused by dry or wet rot. If taking it in seems like too much effort, then you should consider getting a hammock made of weatherproof HamacTex®. Soft to the touch, it’s UV-resistant and water-repellent, allowing it to keep its functionality and radiant colors in tact.

Rope Treatment
While LA SIESTA’s rope hammocks are already weatherproof, many brands aren’t. If you’ve got one that isn’t, you might want to think about treating it. Rope care products can be found for both synthetic and natural ropes. There are different methods for applying them, but it’s the same concept: protect the fibers and lengthen the life of the product. Applications help rope to repel water, maintain strength and reduce weight gain. Some people use mineral oil and others prefer beeswax. There are combination pastes available. If you opt for rope conditioning as an approach to hammock care, be sure and know what type of rope you’re working with and follow the instructions carefully.

Fabric Sprays
There are a number of sprays consumers can purchase for the purpose of protecting fabrics exposed to the weather. These products can aid in repelling water, liquids and stains and lessen the effects of UV rays that cause fading and wear. Scotchgard, which has been around forever, has a whole line of products with these goals in mind, and fabric SPF sprays are everywhere now. Online sale sources such as Amazon have made it easier than ever to check customer satisfaction ratings in connection to nearly any brand, which makes the process of choosing one a whole lot simpler.

Conditioning Hammock Components
Hammock care for wood spreader bars includes conditioning the wood with a penetrating oil at the beginning and end of every season to help repel water and protect it from the elements. Before end-of-season conditioning, clean the wood with warm, soapy water and allow it to air dry first. Even if your hammock is made of some sort of material, chances are the ends are rope that can be conditioned as well. All hammock hardware (connected to your hammock or hardware it’s connecting to) should be checked regularly for damage, wear and rust. Replace when necessary.

Off Season Storage
For hammock owners who live in areas that have an end to hammock season, storing them for the winter is necessary. Before you bundle yours up and stow it, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean it first, allow it to air dry completely and then roll it up and store it in plastic to keep it pest and vermin free. This will help keep critters from making an inviting nest out of it or its materials. LA SIESTA’s hammocks are made of yarn from cottons, parachute silk or polypropylene-based fibers, all of which can be hand or machine-washed (on the delicate cycle), depending on their construction.

As with all products, follow the manufacturer’s specific guidelines for the care and usage of your particular hammock. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your fifth or your first, it pays to take care of them.

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?