How to Wash Your Hammock


To maximize your hammock investment, a little cleaning goes a long way. After sitting in storage for a couple months, your hammock might have an unpleasant musty smell that you want to eliminate. There are a couple of methods that you can use to wash a hammock, so personal preference will play a role. Still, there are certain tactics you should try to use and others to shy away from.LSwash

What to Beware of When Washing

Avoid washing your hammock in a top-loading machine, as the agitator can be hard on the hammock. If you do not have a front-loading washer, take your hammock to the laundromat instead. Do not use bleach. After you have washed it, don’t put it in the dryer. Hammocks should air dry it because it is easier on the fabric. Avoid hanging it as this can stretch the hammock, and you want to keep the cotton clean since it is a fragile material. Ringing out a wet hammock can be hard on the coloring of the fabric. You want it to dry naturally. If your hammock is primarily cotton, you can wash it with a mild detergent, garden hose or a soft scrub. On the other hand, if you have a spreader bar, do your best to keep the bar out of the water.

How to Wash a Hammock with a Spreader Bar

If your hammock uses a spreader bar, you will have to hand wash it. Many people find their sink or bathtub too small for the spreader bars, but a children’s pool has proven an innovative solution. When hand washing, let the hammock soak in a natural detergent for 20 minutes. Then take it out on the patio or driveway and rinse it down, and when you have finished that, let it air dry.

Preparation for the Washer

Before you put the hammock in the washer, fold the hammock in half. Next, use any type of string (yarn, twine, etc.) to tie the hammock together in the middle and by the ends, similar to a belt . Avoid using string from the hammock because this can cause it to tangle up with the other strings, and it can be difficult to spot the tied string when it is the same color as those from the hammock. Finally, you will want to put your bound hammock into a pillowcase. Once you have done that, tie the pillowcase and use a mild detergent but avoid using bleach.

Hammock Materials: How to Wash Each Type

You can easily wash hammocks with cotton fabric, and the polypropylene and parachute silk used in LA SIESTA hammocks can be washed without a problem. Polypropylene is easy to clean, and it will retain its colors long after its purchase. Polyester can be washed, but you should use a mild detergent and air dry it. Avoid air drying polyester hammocks in the sun to avoid color fading. If you have a hammock that uses polypro nylon, you have an excellent material that will resist mold and mildew, but it will deteriorate in ultraviolet light, so it would be best to hang it in a shady location.  

Hammock Chairs: Can You Wash Them?

Not all hammock chairs are washable, which can be a problem when they are hanging under a tree outside and collecting dirt, pollen, acorns and other natural debris.  LA SIESTA hammock chairs slide easily off of the spreader bar so that you can machine wash them with mild detergent. LA SIESTA knows that washing your hammock chair can prolong its lifetime so you can really capitalize on your investment. 

How to Wash a Mexican Net Hammock

When you wash your Mexican net hammock, you want to keep the strings from creating an unsalvageable mess.  To start, first bind the suspension together. Instead of using bleach, use a soap that you would use for washing your clothes. You will want to hand wash the hammock. Rub soap and water into the dirty hammock area to remove the stains. It’s really no different to how you would hand wash your favorite blouse or shirt. After you have cleaned the Mexican net hammock, break the tie around the the hammock with a scissors. With a Mexican net hammock, you can ring it out to get rid of the excess water because it won’t damage the fabric and will help it dry faster. Finally, use clothes pegs to hang it from a clothesline. It will look similar to how you would normally hang it, except you will use additional clothes pegs to open the sides up for easier drying.

In the final stage of cleaning your hammock, you take it outside to air dry. It will take between one to two days before it dries completely. In general, you want to avoid exposing your hammock to the elements. Because the hook-up system makes stowing it away fast and easy, you have little reason to not take the hammock down after each use. Leaving it outside for long periods of time will allow it to soak up dirt, mold and bird droppings. Hammock setup is hassle-free and takes a few seconds. Taking a couple extra seconds to take a hammock down and set it up means that it will have a longer lifetime.


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