Hangin' Clean: How To Keep Your Hammock Fresh and Fabulous

by Stevie Smith May 19, 2023 3 min read

Hangin' Clean: How To Keep Your Hammock Fresh and Fabulous

A hammock is a great way to relax and unwind, but it can quickly become dirty and stained if not properly cared for. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to keep your hammock looking and feeling its best. In this article, we will discuss eco-friendly care options, the process of cleaning at home, and the potential dangers. 

Importance of Cleaning Your Hammock

Before we dive into the cleaning process, let's first discuss why it's important to keep your hammock clean. Over time, dirt, sweat, and other debris can accumulate on the fabric, making it unsanitary and uninviting. 

Additionally, stains and mildew can develop, which not only look unsightly but can also weaken the fabric and shorten the life of your hammock (not to mention produce an unpleasant smell).

Start-of-Season Recommendations

Relaxing in a hammock

At the beginning of each season, inspect your hammock for any damage or wear and tear that may have occurred while in storage. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage. Additionally, consider applying an eco-friendly fabric protectant to help repel water and stains.

End-of-Season Storage Best Practices

Proper storage is essential for extending the life of your hammock. Before storing, make sure the hammock is completely dry to prevent mildew growth. 

Store the hammock in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Consider using a hammock storage bag to protect it from dust and pests.

Eco-Friendly Care Options

Cleaning Supplies

When it comes to cleaning your hammock, eco-friendly options are the way to go. Traditional cleaning products can be harmful to the environment and your health, and they can also damage the fabric of your hammock. 

If you need immediate cleaning, opt for natural cleaning solutions such as vinegar and water or a mild, natural detergent. These options are gentle on the fabric and won't harm the environment. 

While water and vinegar will do the trick, it may leave a 'vinegar' smell if not fully rinsed with water. However, rinsing with water could mean using up to 50 gallons of water - so we'd only recommend doing this in a time or money pinch.

Alternatively, you could get a hammock cleaning done by eco-friendly apparel care cleaners that know exactly what products are best for the fibers and the environment.

Cleaning at Home

Cleaning your hammock at home is a straightforward process, but it's important to follow the proper steps to avoid damaging the fabric. We only recommend cleaning at home if you absolutely need to.

First, check the care label to determine the best apparel cleaning method for your specific hammock. If the label is missing or unreadable, use a gentle cleaning solution such as mild, natural detergent or vinegar and water.

Next, fill a container with water and add the cleaning solution. To save on water, use a container that will fit the hammock, without leaving too much extra space. Immerse the hammock in the water and gently agitate it to loosen any dirt or debris. Allow the hammock to soak for 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. 

Finally, dry your hammock by hanging it in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.

Potential Dangers

While cleaning your hammock at home is a cost-effective and convenient option, there are potential dangers to be aware of. Using the wrong cleaning solution or applying too much force while scrubbing can damage the fabric and weaken the fibers.

Additionally, improper drying can lead to mildew growth, which can be difficult to remove. Other things to consider include excessive water usage, damaging chemicals in detergents, and foul odors from imporper cleaning.

Next-Gen Fabricare Cleaners

For the best results, consider using eClean Advanced Fabricare's CO2 dry cleaning solution. This eco-friendly option is effective in removing even the toughest stains and odors, and it won't damage the fabric of your hammock. Additionally, our green CO2 dry cleaning process uses no water, which means there's no risk of mildew growth or damage from improper drying.

Cleaning your hammock is an essential part of proper maintenance. Whether you choose to clean at home using eco-friendly solutions or opt for eClean Advanced Fabricare's CO2 dry cleaning, regular care will help extend the life of your hammock. By following these tips, you can keep your hammock looking and feeling it's best for years to come.

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