Even the most well-cared for hammocks occasionally get left out in the rain. Or spilled on. Or exposed to storage-season dampness. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know what to do if your hammock gets wet. We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to help you identify potential water-related issues and advice on how to resolve them.
Mold and Mildew
One of the most common (and frustrating) effects of wet hammocks is mold and mildew. These nasty spots thrive in damp conditions and once you’ve got a mold or mildew problem, it can be tricky to resolve. To prevent these issues, never, ever store your hammock unless you’re absolutely certain that it’s completely dry.
Even stashing your hammock for a short period of time while its damp can result in mold. After a rain storm or wash session, hang your hammock in an open space, ensuring that it’s fully extended. Aim for somewhere with plenty of ventilation so that air can pass through the fibres, ensuring that there’s no residual moisture.
Should you find yourself dealing with a minor mold or mildew situation, simply wash with a mild detergent and dry thoroughly.
Another nasty side effect that comes with letting your hammock get and stay wet is the smell. Dampness plus the usual odours that accumulate over time can make for a pretty ripe aroma, something most hammock lovers prefer to avoid. Again, this issue can be prevented by always allowing your hammock to dry, especially before storing it.
After rain or a washing, allow your hammock to dry outside, if possible. The fresh air and sunlight will not only dry everything but act as a natural odour-eater.
Wear and Tear
Hammocks aren’t meant to be wet for extended periods of time. Prolonged exposure to dampness isn’t good for the fibres and can weaken and damage your hammock in the long run. If you’ve accidentally left your hammock outside during one too many storms, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough inspection to ensure that no permanent damage has been done. Check for issues with the structural integrity of the cords and have a look at wood spreaders, if your hammock has them.
If you come across any spots that look a little iffy, make sure that you get them repaired before resuming your swing sessions. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
Let’s be honest, a wet hammock just isn’t comfortable. It’s hard to get cozy when you’re dealing with water-logged cotton or soggy silk. Hammocks are meant to be enjoyed so making a little extra effort to keep your favourite spot dry goes a long way. Make a habit of taking your hammock down from its perch when the weather turns foul and get into a wash routine that includes a thorough dry-off period. Your hammock and your comfort will thank you.