If you own a cotton or polyester hammock, keeping it dry during rainy or winter seasons might be one of your dreaded problems. A wet or damp hammock can be a reason for many problems like dark spots, mold and mildew infestation, and eventually, the weakening of the cloth. To keep your hammocks dry during wet seasons, follow these easy steps that can definitely save you several bucks in buying yet another hammock.
Clean, disinfect, and dry
Before putting your hammock away, be sure that you washed it properly to remove all the dirt that it got while it was being used outdoors. You can wash some usual type of hammocks in a washing machine and it be clean after 4-6 minutes. Always remember to read the description of the hammock first before popping it in the machine so you will know its washing instructions. Some hammocks cannot take the harsh process of being washed so they are the kinds that are supposed to be dry cleaned.
Disinfect the hammock by a disinfectant spray after it dries and leave it again on the air for a few minutes to let the disinfectant dry. It is important to make sure it is dry before locking it in a box because aside for the 100% possibility that it will stink, it can also be damaged horribly if it is wet or damp when stored.
For hammock stands, disassemble its pieces before putting it away. Do not attempt to wash it even if it’s terribly dirty. If it has rust, get rid of it by scraping it with a knife and then wipe it with a cloth.
Store in a safe box
Fold the hammock just as how you fold your clothes and tie its ropes around it to make a single small object. This can make the storing easier and it will only take a little space in the box. Use a box that is waterproof and cover it properly so no dust or water can get in. If you ever have to use a wicker storage box, be sure that it’s made of resin materials or it’s waterproof. If you place this box outdoors during the winter, cover it with a plastic outdoor space cover to shield it from rain.
Wrap the hammock stand pieces with a plastic before storing it inside the box to get extra protection.
Note: You can leave out your hammock fully assembled in the winter; but make sure that you cover it with a full-cloth plastic designed for outdoor use. Always read the hammock instruction first before leaving it outside in the cold to let you know about its materials fully withstanding the harsh weather.