Caring For Your Hammock And Outdoor Furniture

Caring For Your Hammock

Hammocks made nowadays are usually easy to clean, making them even more appealing. Some hammocks are washable, but ensure that you tie the two ends together prior to putting it in the washing machine. Tie each arm at equal intervals with pieces of cord and leave to soak in lukewarm water with shampoo and a handful of salt. The reason for this is to prevent the rings from getting snarled in the hammock string, or the tying string. You should also enclose it in a pillowcase before washing and use a mild detergent.

If you are going to hand wash your hammock, tie it as instructed above, but rather than placing it in a pillowcase wash it by hand in a large sink or bathtub using mild detergent or hammock cleaner with no bleach, and rinse well. Carefully untie the hammock, and hang it up to dry.

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  • Hammock Stand
    Pier 1 Imports
    Our Double Hammock Stand is constructed from sturdy iron that's been powder-coated to resist rust. So really, go ahead and relax. Pier 1 hammock sold separately.
    $139.96 from Pier 1 Imports
  • Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss Forest Green/White Netting, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Stretch the Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock between a couple trees and climb in. Relaxing on your back will be a nice vantage point to watch your friends spray each other with DEET and try to make sense of their bug head nets. Hammock Bliss takes their classic nylon parachute silk hammock and covers it with mosquito netting for peaceful, mosquito-free nights in bug country. Climb in and out through double zippers at the bottom of the hammock, and if bugs aren't a problem, simply flip it over and use the other side without the netting. More space than a double bed gives you room to stretch out, while Hammock Bliss's design conforms to your body, so there aren't any pressure points from knots or ropes. A built-in stuff sack makes this hammock easy to carry in your backpack or toss in a canoe, and the hammock cleans up in a normal washing machine between trips.
    $77.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock Tropical Bliss, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Even when you're traveling light, you can enjoy a comfortable siesta spot with the Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock. Weighing in at only 13 ounces, the Ultralight Hammock's soft, strong nylon parachute material cradles your body in breathable comfort. The small storage pouch packs easily into your bag, pack, or pannier and stays attached to the hammock to keep small items in easy reach when you're lounging. The hammock also comes with 80 inches of 6mm climbing rope for easy set-up.
    $46.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock Royal Blue, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Even when you're traveling light, you can enjoy a comfortable siesta spot with the Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock. Weighing in at only 13 ounces, the Ultralight Hammock's soft, strong nylon parachute material cradles your body in breathable comfort. The small storage pouch packs easily into your bag, pack, or pannier and stays attached to the hammock to keep small items in easy reach when you're lounging. The hammock also comes with 80 inches of 6mm climbing rope for easy set-up.
    $46.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Triple Hammock Blue/Silver, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    The massive and massively portable Hammock Bliss Triple Hammock comfortably fits the whole family and weighs just 26 ounces. Constructed of high strength, soft, breathable, and quick drying nylon parachute silk, this hammock won't collect mildew or rot out when left in the elements. The attached stuff sack doubles as a handy gear bag, and Hammock Bliss included 100 inches of 6 millimeter climbing rope on each end for easy setup no matter where you are.
    $76.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Single Hammock Forest Green, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Relax in the backcountry, or on your porch at home in the Hammock Bliss Single Hammock. This 16-ounce camping hammock easily strings between two trees from eight feet of sewn-on climbing rope. The Hammock Bliss Single Hammock conforms to your body, so there aren't any pressure points from knots or ropes while you're trying to catch a nap or read a book. Hammock Bliss gave this hammock a sewn-on stuff sack you won't be able to lose no matter how many mojitos you knock back during the afternoon. If you spill a little of your drink, just throw the Single Hammock in the washing machine before your next camping trip.
    $52.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Tan/Green, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Chill out in the Hammock Bliss Double Hammock after a rough day on the trail or at work. This double-wide hammock has more than enough room for your partner or friend to join you. Made with high-strength nylon parachute material, the hammock resists rot and mildew, feels soft beneath your body, cleans up easily, and dries quickly when wet.
    $64.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More Hammock Bliss Forest Green/Black Netting, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    The Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More Hammock encloses you in super-thin mesh no-see-um netting, keeping the bugs away and eliminating the need for on-skin insect repellent. The 2100 holes per square inch black no-see-um netting keeps out the smallest bugs including sand flies, fleas, gnats, midges, mosquitoes & no-see-ums. Just tie the Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More Hammock onto a tree with the included 100 inches of cord, sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening. A double zipper makes entry and exit easy for midnight bathroom trips in the backcountry, and the included stuff sack condenses this mesh-covered hammock into a small, easily-packable size. The No-See-Um No More Hammock holds up to 350 pounds and weighs only 28oz.
    $86.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Blue/Purple, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Chill out in the Hammock Bliss Double Hammock after a rough day on the trail or at work. This double-wide hammock has more than enough room for your partner or friend to join you. Made with high-strength nylon parachute material, the hammock resists rot and mildew, feels soft beneath your body, cleans up easily, and dries quickly when wet.
    $64.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Single Hammock Navy/Red, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Relax in the backcountry, or on your porch at home in the Hammock Bliss Single Hammock. This 16-ounce camping hammock easily strings between two trees from eight feet of sewn-on climbing rope. The Hammock Bliss Single Hammock conforms to your body, so there aren't any pressure points from knots or ropes while you're trying to catch a nap or read a book. Hammock Bliss gave this hammock a sewn-on stuff sack you won't be able to lose no matter how many mojitos you knock back during the afternoon. If you spill a little of your drink, just throw the Single Hammock in the washing machine before your next camping trip.
    $52.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Black/Silver, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Nothing beats sleeping in a hammock when you're in the great outdoors, but early spring and late summer swarms of bugs can really put a damper on that. Luckily there's the Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free so you can still sleep in a suspended state without getting eaten alive by insects. No-see-um mesh netting with 2100 holes per square inch keeps even the smallest bugs from getting in. It also has a unique asymmetrical design that lets you lie flat instead of keeping you curled up like a banana, and a sewn-in sleeping pad sleeve keeps your pad in place for reliable comfort and insulation.
    $119.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Deluxe Cinching Tree Strap - Pair Black/Metal Buckle, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    Hammock Bliss's Deluxe Cinching Tree Straps offer tree-friendly suspension system that will extend the distance for hanging your Hammock Bliss hammock. Metal cinching buckles allow you to easily tighten or loosen the tree strap with a simple pull. These cinching tree straps are ideal for quick set up and fast take down of your hammock, and the straps protect the tender bark of trees by evenly distributing weight over a wider area. The Deluxe Cinching Tree Straps allow you to hang your hammock on trees or sturdy objects up to 25 feet apart. Extending the reach of your hammock, these 100-inch suspension straps offer easy setup despite limited trees and anchor points. Hammock Bliss's Deluxe Cinching Tree Straps are super compact as they fit into an included 3 x 5-inch travel bag and weigh in at only 6 oz.
    $33.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Sleep Sack Purple, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    While your traveling companions are debating where the mysterious stains on their hostel sheets came from, you'll be dozing peacefully in the Hammock Bliss Sleep Sack. This 11-ounce nylon liner can be added to your down sleeping bag to prevent your sweat from contaminating the down and ruining its loft, or the Sleeping Sack can be used on its own during balmy summer nights. Hammock Bliss includes a 6x9 inch travel bag that easily stores the Sleep Sack in your luggage during the day. At night, stuff the travel bag with dirty clothes and use it as a pillow.
    $42.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Net Cocoon Black Netting, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    If you've just showered off a morning's worth of sweat, sunscreen, and bug spray, the last thing you want to do is slather more insect repellent on your clean skin. There's no need when you're taking your long-anticipated afternoon siesta inside the Hammock Bliss Net Cocoon. The Net Cocoon completely encloses your hammock (not included) in fine mesh to seal you off from even the smallest of pests. Nine feet of cord on either side of the net help you hang the net, and a double-pull zipper makes it easy to get in and out of the cocoon. When it's time to strike camp, the Net Cocoon folds into its permanently attached nylon stuff sack, which also keeps items like headlamps or snacks in easy reach when you're comfortably settled in.
    $63.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Tree Strap - Pair Black, Standard
    Hammock Bliss
    String your hammock up with the bark friendly Hammock Bliss Tree Straps. These 65-inch long pieces of nylon webbing help you hang your hammock from trees up to 20 feet apart. The 1. 5-inch wide Tree Straps evenly distribute your weight so that you don't damage the trees in your backyard. The adjustable straps make setup and take down a snap, and they fold into a 3x5 inch travel case for easy storage.
    $15.50 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Sun Shield Black, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    The sun, rain, and birds can all leave your hammock in a sad state unless you cover it with the Hammock Bliss Sun Shield to keep it out of the elements. Made to fit your frameless, parachute-material hammock (sold separately) , this nylon sleeve protects your go-to nap spot from quick summer storms, UV rays, and blue jay bombardiers.
    $22.50 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2 Black/Black Netting, One Size
    Hammock Bliss
    The Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2 adds basic rain and insect protection to your hammock-based sleep system so you can enjoy the easy comfort of off-the-ground camping without worrying about the weather or the bugs. This versatile system is like a floating tent, and it adds the extra protection you need without the hassle of poles or stakes. A PU-coated fly shields you from precipitation so rainy nights won't leave you soggy and No-See-Um mesh with 2100 holes per square inch seals out insects so you can sleep without being buzzed or bitten. The nylon ripstop floor stores lightweight gear and adds a layer between you and the cold air along the ground. A roomy design gives this shelter enough room for two stacked hammocks so no one has to be left out in the rain and double-pull zippers make it easy to get in and out of this hanging shelter. 80-inch sections of climbing rope secure each side to anchor points, and the additional 138-inch climbing rope serves as a water-shedding ridge line for the fly, and cinch-down openings in the netting allow your hammock cords to pass through the walls without letting bugs in. When it's time to head out, pack everything into the oversize attached stuff sack and hit the trail.
    $139.95 from Backcountry
  • Hammock Tree Straps
    Castaway Hammock
    Now your tree bark need feel no bite. If you're not crazy about the idea of twisting a hunk of steel into your pretty trees, then these heavy-duty straps of all-weather nylon webbing are just what the arbor doctor ordered. The Hammock Tree Straps gently hug the surface of your trees to ensure a snug fit for your hammock, and safe reclining for you. Particularly ideal for hammock camping, and for use on rental properties. Sold as set of two straps, with two zinc-plated steel 'S'-hooks included. Type: Hammocks Material: Nylon Style: Traditional Assembly: Assembly Required Exact Color: Brown Color: Brown
    $28.99 from Overstock.com

If the spreader bars on your hammock are not removable, your only option for cleaning is to place it on your driveway and hose it down. Use mild detergent mixed with water and a soft bristle brush to lightly scrub each side of the hammock. Once clean, hang your hammock outside and allow it to dry completely. Keep the hammock properly dry because you would not want it to mildew. The best method is to buy a storage bag made from weather resistant material that is sturdy and breathable.
To store your hammock, hang both end loops on a single nail or hook in your closet. For longer life, your hammock should not be left out in the weather, especially extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, etc. Take time to clean your hammock before you put it away. Never store until the hammock is completely dry.

Your hammock will last for years if you take good care of it. Keep in mind that cotton loses color over the years if left outside so bring cotton hammocks indoors when it rains, snows, etc. If left outside year round it will fade during the first year and begin to rot during the second. Man made fabrics such as nylon and polyester are much more resistant to degradation from the elements than cotton is.

Be careful with buttons…they will catch on your hammock and may break a thread when pulled. Take off your shoes and any other items that can snag on your hammock. If a snag occurs gently ease the thread back into the weave and shake the hammock to even things out. When the hammock is not in use avoid tangling the end-strings.

Outdoor Furniture Care

Outdoor furniture is an asset that you wouldn’t want to replace every spring. Wicker, wood, fabric, aluminum, wrought iron, steel and resin are some of the materials outdoor furniture is available in. You can clean most outdoor furniture with soap and water. Ask salespeople what care is necessary for the pieces you’re keen on if you want to minimize maintenance – some materials need more care than others.

Woods – your wood garden furniture needs very little attention. Left alone, wood will weather to a warm silver-gray. If your wood furniture needs cleaning this can be done with a regular household bristle brush and some tepid, slightly soapy water. We do not advocate the use of high-pressure hoses, and steel wool or steel wire brushes should not be used by any means as any residue left in the grain will rust and discolor the wood. If the furniture has stubborn or heavily ingrained stains these can be removed by sanding with a fine grain of sandpaper, being sure to work only in the direction of the timber grain.
Teak is a tropical hardwood with high natural oil content. Use a teak cleaner to bring the wood back to its natural beauty. For a less weather-beaten look, it is possible to bring back some of the original color of the timber through a three-stage method which entails applying teak cleaner followed by teak brightener and finishing off with a sealer or teak oil. Teak holds up against the elements, but it’s wise to cover it or tuck it away for the winter. Cleaning before throwing on a weather cover for winter is particularly important if your furniture has cushions.
American Oak – you can stain your oak if you like, but we suggest that you coat your wood once a year with polyurethane to keep it as fine-looking as the day you bought it. Indonesian Hardwood – like oak, coat Indonesian hardwood yearly with polyurethane to keep it strong and beautiful.

Wicker outdoor furniture can be cleaned using a hose or pressure washer.

Aluminum, wrought iron and steel frames require cleaning with water and mild soap. Care for these materials like you would your car – wash and wax. Wrought iron requires some touch up, as it’s prone to rusting eventually. It holds up very well unless you have a salt/ocean environment – if you live inland you won’t have many problems.

Resin – use a solution made of: ¾ cup standard household bleach, 1 tablespoon powdered or liquid laundry detergent and one gallon of water. Combine well, and before you use this solution test a small amount on a concealed area of the resin furniture to confirm that it does not discolor or alter the appearance. If the test goes well, rub on the cleaning solution one small area at a time and let sit for five minutes. Follow by scrubbing the area, then rinse well.

The right patio furniture cushions can fill you with a sense of comfortable living. The drainable quality of your cushions, in addition to the density and quality of the foam itself, are keys to having long lasting patio furniture. A further way to keep the wetness out is to have the correct material on the outside. Look for solution dyed acrylic – it is specifically designed to be all weather, comfortable and soft. Wash with mild soap and water once at the beginning and once at the end of the season to get rid of mildew.

Wash dingy umbrellas or cushions with a mild hand dish washing soap using a nylon bristle brush, then rinse carefully and air dry. The brown spots that appear on chaise lounges are a chemical reaction to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and they are easy to remove with soap and hot water if you catch them when they first show up.

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