As any seasoned hammock enthusiast will tell you, once you’ve experienced their incredible benefits, you’ll want your beloved hammock to last forever. Which brings us to the important question: how long should a hammock last? While there’s no hard answer to this question, hammocks have been known to give their families decades of love and comfort if properly cared for. We’ve rounded up a few key points as well as some tips and tricks to help give your hammock a long, happy, and healthy life.
The air surrounding your hammock matters. That’s why it’s important to work with the seasons, not against them. As the mercury dips, it may be time to consider giving your hammock the chance to take a restorative winter’s nap. Extreme weather (like freezing cold temperatures) can wreak havoc on the fibres that keep your hammock looking and feeling so good which means its best to protect them. Sames goes with rain. Routinely allowing your hammock to get wet and not allowing it to dry properly is a recipe for disaster and surefire way to shorten your favourite hang out’s lifespan.
A hammock is only as good as its working parts. That’s why it’s key to visually inspect your hammock on a regular basis to make sure that everything is in tip top shape. Have a look at the ropes, the spreader bars, the hooks, and anything else that you can see to be sure that there is no damage (or potential for damage). If you notice anything looking a little off, make sure that you get it repaired as soon as possible.
With all the time you spend in your hammock, it’s only natural that it will acquire a certain degree of patina. After all, its meant to be enjoyed, not just admired! A little effort spent keeping your hammock neat and tidy can go a long way in keeping it in top shape. Regularly wipe down any dirty spots and check less-visible components (the underside, for instance) to make sure that they’re squeaky clean. Don’t forget the spreaders- make sure they’re clean and condition them with oil to prevent the wood from drying out.
While a little dampness in the air may seem benign, moisture is an invitation for mold, mildew, and all other types of unpleasant things to grow on your hammock. In addition to being visually unappealing, these growths can cause health problems and ultimately affect the structure of the hammock itself. It’s important to use proper storage practices and avoid leaving your hammock out in inclement weather or outdoors overnight. Before retiring your hammock for the winter, ensure that it is clean and completely dry.
Whether you’re tucking your hammock away for the night or packing it up for hibernation, it’s important that you do it properly. When taking your hammock of the tree or stand, give it a once over to ensure that it’s nice and clean. If you notice any dirt or debris, now is the time to give it a good bath. Next, be absolutely certain that every inch of your hammock is dry before you even think of folding it up. A day or two spent hanging in the sun will likely do the trick nicely. Finally, use a sturdy yet breathable plastic bag to keep your hammock safe from the elements and curious critters who might feel like taking a nibble on those tasty fibres.