How to Clean Your Hammock

Keep your camping and backyard hammocks fresh and ready for more outdoor fun with our step-by-step guide.

4 Min. Watch | Camping

0:00 Intro
0:13 How to Clean a Camping Hammock
1:26 How to Clean Polyester and DuraCord Rope Hammocks
2:33 How to Clean a Quilted Sunbrella Hammock
3:28 Explore More

Step 1: Prepare for hand washing. Our weather-resistant rope hammocks feels as soft as cotton, but much more durable. Periodic cleaning will keep your hammock looking and performing its best. To clean a Polyester Rope Hammock or DuraCord Rope Hammock, you’ll need a bucket of warm water, a dose of mild liquid detergent, a soft-bristled brush or sponge, a garden hose and a tarp.

Step 2: Shake out. First, shake out your hammock outside to remove any pollen, leaves or debris.

Step 3: Lay it flat. Now, spread your hammock out on the tarp or on a clean, flat surface. There’s no need to take the hammock apart. Tip: A kiddie pool can also work - simply drape spreader bars over the sides.

Step 4: Soak the hammock. Thoroughly hose down the hammock bed. Be sure to keep the spreader bars dry and out of the water. Do not use a pressure washer – it exerts too much force and can damage the fibers.

Step 5: Gently brush. Now pour on some of the mild soap and water solution and gently brush to work out any stains. Tip: For best results, let it soak in soapy water for an hour before brushing.

Step 6: Hose off excess soap. Hose or rinse thoroughly to remove any excess soap. You may need to repeat a few times until the water is clear.

Step 7: Flip over. Flip the hammock over and clean the other side, if needed. Gently brush with the soapy water mix and then rinse with clean water.

Step 8: Air dry on flat surface. Allow your hammock to air dry on a flat surface so the rope doesn’t stretch while drying.

Step 9: Now you’re ready to get out there and relax Once thoroughly dry, it’s ready to store away or hang back up. Re-install in accordance to instructions.

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