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How To Repair and Wash Camping Hammock

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Hammock camping is the best way to be with nature. Hammocks are sturdy and long-lasting but things could happen that can break your hammock. It will not last without responsibility. Proper care and maintenance will help to prevent it from being damaged. Let’s face it, even though we take care of our things, a situation happens.

That’s why I list down tips and tricks to save your gear and how to repair your camping hammock on time before it falls apart.

Repair and maintain your Camping Hammock

If you use your camping hammocks often, with wear and tear in nature with lots of sharp rocks and tree branches, you may need to maintain and repair your hammocks for long-lasting camping equipment.

Here are some suggestions that you can use to repair and maintain your camping hammock. A good quality camping hammock can last from anything from a few years to a few decades. If you take care of your camping stuff and maintain it well, it can easily last for many years.

These suggestions and tips work for all type of camping hammocks, be it tent hammock, chair hammock, Eno hammock, hennessy hammock, banana hammock etc.

1. Address Shrinking

To prevent this, you can do it by storing your hammock in the right place, which means in a cool and dry place. If you leave your hammock out in the rain or outside all year, it can result in shrunk, especially for cotton hammocks.

2. Replace the ropes or hammock straps

Mildew and mold can rot your hammock ropes. To solve this, you can replace it with a polypropylene rope or use a fabric protector each year.

3. Repair the chain attachments

To do this you have to close spreading chain links with a plier. And if the link has broken, open one of the links and attach them back together. Close the open link with pliers. You don’t need to replace the entire chain, just the broken one.

4. Repair strings or hammock straps

To prevent the damage from the first time, you just have to keep away all the sharp objects from the woven ropes. See if there is any minor or major frayed strings. If there are any, fix it by tied it back together, or tie the loose minor strings to the closest knot. This way you won’t be at risk for snagging.

5. Darn or patch the holes

If you notice your hammock has a hole, see if its small or big. If it’s small, you can simply use a darning needle and waterproof thread to cross-hatch it. But if it’s big, you have to knit a patch or buy a repair patch like tenacious tape which is specially made for any outdoor gear including a hammock.


Tips To Take Care of Your Camping Hammock

Your adventure can be called successful when it leaves some dirt either in your shoes, clothes or even your hammock. Getting dirty is one of the hallmarks an outdoor life can give. But don’t worry with proper care and love, it’s easy to keep your hammock clean again and even look brand new!

1. Choose a shady spot with no direct sunlight

This way your hammock will get longer life for its rope and the varnish. The color of your hammock also won’t fade too fast if you avoid the direct sunlight. Obviously you may not like to camp in a spot under direct sunlight as well because it may get too hot and warm.

2. Store it in a dry place

Store it in a dry place when not in use. And also make sure your hammock is completely dry before storing to avoid any mold and mildew. Storing your hammock in a durable and breathable storage bag is also highly recommended.

3. Check the metal chains and hooks periodically.

See if its good for wear. Is there any possible rust? Are there any parts that don’t seem sturdy? If yes, replace it. This way you can avoid any incident in the future such as a sudden drop or rough landing.

4. Use fabric protectant.

This is optional but if you want to take the extra mile you can spray your hammock with a fabric protectant to protect it from any spills.

5. Protect it from abrasion

Pay attention to your hammock and see whether it swings freely and doesn’t touch the ground or other objects.

6. Washing your hammock

There are several ways to wash your hammock. But, regardless whether you use it inside or outside, a hammock without spreader bars can be wash by a washing machine, while the one with spreader bars can’t be washed in a washing machine.

Hence camping hammocks with spreader bars should be washed by hand.

Washing your hammocks by hand or by machine
Washing your hammocks by hand or by machine

What can I use to wash or clean camping hammocks? Detergent, soap or shampoo?

You can use most detergent that you normally use to for clothes. Just try not to use those strong detergent that are meant for heavy duty clothes.

We have other camping hammock users who shared that they use body soap (if it is suitable for our body, its good for the hammocks) or even shampoo for their hammocks!

How To Wash A Nylon Hammocks

If you have a nylon hammock, you are lucky because it’s naturally resistant to dirt. You can do these steps every once in a while:

  1. take off the metal parts
  2. shake excess sand, dirt off
  3. use detergent and cold water
  4. let it dry naturally, do not use a dryer

1. Take off the metal pieces.

Before putting your hammock in a washing machine, make sure you already unclip all the carabiners from the ropes. The carabiners are at the end of the hammock.

2. Shake All The Dirt Off

To do this, leave one end of your hammock suspended and shake the other side to remove dirt, pollen, dust or tree leaves.

3. Detergent and cold water.

Throw your hammock in a washing machine with a tiny bit of detergent and cold water. Don’t use any fabric softener.

4. Don’t use a dryer

After you finish washing your hammock, don’t throw it into the drier because the high heat can warp or shrink your hammock, because of the synthetic material (nylon). You should air dry it by hanging it on a laundry line or simply set it up in your backyard on a sunny day.


How To Wash A Waterproof Hammock

As the hammock is waterproof, you should not use normal detergent for it.
Use manual spot cleaning to clean dirty spots on the hammock if there is any specific dirty spot.

If you want to clean the entire hammock, we suggest dry-cleaning or use a special cleaner in a front-load washing machine, in order to take care of the waterproof fabric used in the hammock.
Cleaning waterproof fabric requires these because

  • a) front load washing machine is more gentle.
  • b) use a cleaner meant for waterproof fabric
  • c) set the washing machine to delicate wash

We would suggest handwashing dirty spots if possible to reduce using a washing machine so that we can avoid the roughness of the washing machine.

This is the best way to take care of them for the long term.

How To Wash The Rope or straps of hammock

Prepare a basin of warm water, a brush, detergent. Wash the rope using the warm water. Brush it with a soft-bristled scrub brush. Add a mild liquid detergent. And scrub away. We suggest that you spread it on a deck or concrete surface. After that, rinse it and allow the hammock to dry by hanging it or laying it.


How To Hand Wash Your Hammock

  1. Lay the hammock on a clean surface and spray it down with a hose.
  2. Then hold the two hanging rings in your hands and bring them together.
  3. Fold it in half and tie it together with string just below the hanging rings.
  4. Tie it again at the opposite end and once more in the middle of the hammock to prevent the metal rings entangled.
  5. Put it in a large sink or bathtub, add a mild detergent
  6. Scrub and soak the hammock for a few hours if you like.
  7. After that rinse it by applying more water.
  8. Untie and unfold the hammock carefully.
  9. Dry it by hanging it in the breeze or lay it down. (do not use a dryer for hammock)


How To Machine Wash Your Hammock

You may not follow all these steps as different hammocks may have different assorted accessories with it.

  1. Hold the two hanging rings in your hands and bring them together.
  2. Fold it in half and tie it together with string just below the hanging rings.
  3. Tie it again at the opposite end and once more in the middle of the hammock to prevent the metal rings entangled.
  4. Fold the tied up hammock into an empty pillowcase (or a washable bag) and tie it closed.
  5. Put it on the washing machine and add a mild detergent
  6. After finish washing, remove it from the pillowcase. Then untie and unfold the hammock carefully.
  7. And dry it by hanging it to air or lay it down. (do not use a dryer for hammock)

Knowing all the tips to take care of your hammock can make a difference by giving it longer shelf life. By doing proper care and love, you will be able to enjoy your hammock for any adventures to come!


Responsibility with Camping Hammock, tent, chair hammock

The main purpose of camping is to be one with nature. To experience what the forest could offer us. and this couldn’t happen for a long time if we damage the plants or its wildlife.

If you ask, is hammock camping more nature-friendly than a tent, the answer is yes and no, and it depends on how mindful you are about choosing the site and what you do with your surroundings?

But it is true that hammock is less invasive than setting up a tent and maintaining a set.

There are some ways we can take to minimize the impact and to do a hammock camping in a responsible way:

Use tree saver straps

The most important thing to remember is to take care of and not damage the trees when you using your hammock. You have to consider there are certain species of tree that can dry out or rot because the bark is removed.

Using a traditional strap sometimes can damage the trees. If you use a tree saver straps, you can have minimal impact on your campsite, because they minimize damage to the bark and cambium layer of the tree.

Keep your campsite clean

This is a common sense that all people supposed to know. Trash that people leave behind can impacts in the environment generally.

You have to remember you are sharing the land with other wildlife including animals, so don’t make it hazardous for them. Keep your campsite clean without a trace. And if you plan to leave for a hike or swim, don’t forget to break down your hammock to prevent animals or your children from getting tangled in your hammock.

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