How to Clean a Hammock

How to Clean a Hammock

If we associate relaxation to a tangible object, what comes immediately to mind would be a picture of a man or a woman sleeping peacefully on a hammock, swaying in the cool afternoon breeze on a tropical beach paradise.  Having a hammock would definitely heighten this blissful experience in achieving the ultimate outdoor relaxation.

This is especially true when one decides to go camping in the woods or have a great time at the beach. In any of these occasions, it’s not uncommon for people to set up a hammock and have it tied between two trees.

There are 2 common types of hammocks based on the material. Some hammocks are like fishnets, known as a rope hammock, which are made out of intricately woven ropes, enough to make one lie down with ease.

Another common type, on the other hand, is the nylon hammock, which is made out of nylon materials also found in parachutes and hot air balloons.

Regardless of the hammock type, however, not one of these are immune to staining, given that it is exposed to a lot of environmental factors that are most definitely stain-causing. In connection to this, you need to know the proper way on how to clean a hammock, tips and techniques which would be discussed in this article.

Common Hammock Dirt-Causing Agents

Given that hammocks are normally set up in nature, here are some of the common stains that could be encountered, and how your hammocks get stained by these elements:


Given that hammocks are normally placed above bare ground, it’s definitely not uncommon for them to be stained by the soil that it might come in contact with, especially when the hammock is set too low or when it falls unintentionally when being tied, when it is kept for storage, or when it is moved from place to place.


Some moss would grow on stones or on wet soil. There are some instances wherein the two trees where the hammock is tied has a mossy surface or would have rocks with thriving moss.

Sometimes, the hammock could accidentally come in contact with this moss, leaving a distinctive green and slimy stain on the hammock.

Bird Droppings

Hammocks are usually set in the outdoors, whether it be for camping out in the woods or just to enjoy the cool sea breeze. Having said that, birds normally fly around these places and drop their waste elsewhere.

Furthermore, we all know that these birds love to stay on trees. Having said that, this could inevitably result to your hammock turning into something like a catch basin for these droppings.

Food and Beverages

Some people wish to take their experience to the next level, lying down on their hammock while holding either a bag of chips or some treats, or probably a glass of cocktail or a wine. Inevitably, some of these foods and beverages could end up spilling all over the hammock, resulting to stains.

Leaves and Tree Elements

Leaves could unknowingly fall on the hammock parts, be pressed by the user’s weight, hence leaving a mark or a stain. Tree elements, on the other hand, like saps, could also cause stains upon coming into contact with the hammock surface as well.

Reasons for Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold and Mildew are living organisms which thrive under cold and damp conditions. The Nylon fabric, especially when damp is conducive to growth of these mould species.

This would, in turn, be the cause of unsightly dark spots forming on the surface that would be difficult to remove. While these may just die once completely dried out, more often than not, a lot of people would most definitely find a hard time when it comes to removing these said growths.

Washing Hammocks: Reminders

When it comes to washing hammocks, there are a lot of things that you have to keep in mind. More often than not, these hammocks are made of nylon or polyester ropes that are known for their remarkable strength, given their very light weight, as well as relative thinness.

Should your hammock come in contact with any of the dirt-causing agents stated above, then here are some important reminders when it comes to washing hammocks:

Remove O-Rings and Metal Parts First

Before you go on wondering how to clean a hammock, you first have to remove all of the metal parts, despite the stainless steel label there is to them. The reason for this is that it could greatly interfere with the washing process, especially when using a washing machine.

For Nylon, Never Use Bleach

The use of bleach would often be the cause of discoloration, especially among nylon hammocks with bright hues, thus ruining the over-all aesthetic appeal of the hammock.

Specific Reminders for Nylon

When using a washing machine, one should be wary to set it to delicate mode and only use the mildest detergent you could possibly find. If you are hand-washing, make sure to use only a soft-bristled brush to get rid of the stains, and soaking it in soap water need not be a long process at all.

Specific Reminders for Rope Hammock

For rope hammocks, cleaning is a lot more cumbersome, given that the individual ropes have to be brushed thoroughly, especially if stains could be seen throughout. You could also squeeze out the water occasionally, replacing the water with a fresh batch until the water wrung from the hammock sticks are running clearer.

Drying and Post-Washing Care

These hammocks are easy to dry, given that they are thin, regardless of whether it is the rope type or the nylon type. Both of these could be left out in the sun to dry, and to ensure quick drying you have to make sure that it is spread out as evenly as possible.

Drying may depend on the weather, but don’t leave it in the sun for too long, and make sure that they are rinsed well prior to being dried.

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