Cleaning Instructions for hammocks with removable spreader bars.
You can clean the hammock using a washing machine on delicate cycle, or large bucket. The best method is to wash the hammock in a large bath tub.
1- Untie the hammock from the joined spreader bar. Make sure ropes are not tangled and twisted. Untie all knots on rope attached to hammock bed, pull each of the clew ropes out of the spreader bar and tie all the clew ropes with a new string. Make sure all ropes are folded and tied before washing.
2- Prepare the hammock by securing any loose strings, hold the two ends of the bed in your hand, bring them together, and fold the hammock in half. Tie the hammock together with pieces of cord just below the ends, and tie the hammock again at the opposite end. Tie the hammock one more time in the middle. This prevents the hammock from tangling. Fold the hammock in a bundle with a new string. Place it in a large pillow case, and close the open end with large safety pins or additional strings.
3- For hand washing fill the bucket or bath tub with cool water for colored hammocks, or use lukewarm water for natural rope hammocks. Place the bundle in the water and move it around. Rinse the hammock with water until the water runs clean. With machine wash, choose the delicate cycle and use mild detergent (and a handful of salt for color hammocks). For natural or ecru (beige)- colored rope, don't use any detergent. Use only lukewarm water to preserve the natural color of the rope. DO NOT USE bleach.
4- When the delicate cycle is complete, gently untie all the strings, hang up the fabric hammock in direct sunlight on it's mounting area. Lay the rope hammock flat and dry it in direct sunlight. Do not use the hammock while is drying. It is possible that your hammock may take two days to dry. After the hammock is dry you can attach the clew ropes by passing each one to the spreader bar holes and securing the hammock bed with knots. Make sure you knot all the loose clew ropes.
If you don't want to remove the spreader bars, you can spread the hammock onto a clean hard surface such as a deck or driveway. Hose it down with clean water. Remove the dirt gently with a soft sponge or scrub brush. Hose it down until the water runs clean. When you have done one side, flip the hammock over and do the same thing in the other side of the hammock. Make sure you check the ropes of the hammocks for mildew and mold. Gently scrub these areas to prevent it from coming back. You have to be very careful in keeping the spreader bars dry. While the hammock is wet don't lift it by the ends. This may cause the rope to stretch from the weight of water. Lay the hammock flat and press out excess water and dry it in direct sunlight
GETTING IN AND OUT YOUR HAMMOCK
Getting in your hammock
Center yourself with your back facing the hammock and sit into the hammock. As you sit reach behind and grab the edge of the hammock with your hands to ease your self into the hammock.
Lie back, lift your legs and place your feet on the hammock. Lie diagonally or perpendicularly across larger hammocks. Never enter your hammock with your feet first. For hammocks without spreader bars, reach behind and grab the far edge. Lift it over your head. Place your other hand on the near edge and sit in the center. Lie back, lift your legs and place your feet on the hammock. Lie diagonally or perpendicularly across larger hammocks.
Getting out of your hammock
Support yourself up with your elbows and lean forward. Bring out one leg over the edge of the hammock -- then bring out the other leg. Move yourself into a seating position. Place your feet firmly on the ground, lean forward and stand.
Hammock hanging and installation instructions
To install a hammock you need two supporting solid points. If they are trees, they should be no less then 12" inches in diameter. If using posts, 4" x 4" x 8" hardwood weather resistant posts are commonly recommended. If installing inside your home, you need to find the studs in the wall or use interior columns. The studs in the wall are normally spaced on 16" centers. In some cases, local building codes may allow wall stud spacing of 24 inches.
Hammocks with spreader bar installation instructions
1- If hanging the hammock from a tree, the tree should be a minimum of 12" in diameter. If using a post, 4" x 4" is the minimum recommended size. Make sure the trees and the posts are hard wood and in good condition. The post should be cemented in the ground a minimum of two feet; if the soil is sandy, ground the posts deeper. Place the posts in the center of the cement-filled hole and let dry for 72 hours before use.
2- The minimum distance to hang your hammock will be the overall length of the hammock. For example, if your hammock is 12 feet from end ring to end ring, this will be the minimum distance to hang the hammock. When the hammock is hung, it should have a center low point of 2 feet to 3 feet above the ground.
The optimal distance between hanging points is about one or two feet longer than the length of your hammock (from one metal rings to the other). For instance, if your hammock is 13 feet long, the optimal distance between hanging points is 15 feet. Please note that after some use the hammock will stretch it's normal size, and as it stretches, the height will need to be shortened or lengthened to compensate. Keep in mind that these distances can be adjusted as needed.
3- Hammock's support points should be hung between 4 and 5 feet high. Find the center of the stub, drill a ¼ inch pilot hole, and screw in a 3/8 inch lag eye screw or a heavy duty screw hook. Make sure the hooks are inserted directly into the wall or ceiling studs.
4- If the distance between the hammock's two hanging points is largest than the overall length of the hammock, you can use marine nylon rope or chain to extend it... The two hanging points should be the same length, and the maximum recommended extension is 18" on each end. If the hanging points are extended more than what is recommended the hammock will became unstable.
Do not install the hammock in weak structures. If there is any doubt about installing the hammock, a licensed general contractor should do the installation.
Do not stand or jump into the hammock.
Do not let unattended kids playing in the hammock. It can be very dangerous.
Do not leave unattended infants in the hammock.
Do not wear sharp objects in the hammock.
Do not leave the hammock outside for long periods of time. Inclement weather can damage the hammock.
Do not use strong chemical to clean the hammock.
Do not use the hammock while is drying.
Store hammock clean and completely dry. Avoid storing hammock in damp moist areas. Damp cotton will rot. Never store until hammock is thoroughly dry. The best method to store a hammock is to purchase a store bag constructed from weather-resistant fabric that is durable and breathable. Many companies sell bags that are designed specifically for this purpose.
If you can't find a bag as described, using the metal rings of the hammocks, hang both end loops on a single nail or hook in a closet, garage, basement or any place that stays dry. After setting up your hammock for the next season, if you see any mildew, use a hammock cleaner to remove it. Do not use bleach or strong chemicals to clean your hammock.
Storing hammock with wood spreader bar
To store hammock with wood spreader bar, roll each end of the hammock around the spreader bar, and make the two rolls meet in the middle. Tie each end of the wood spreader bar to the hammock. Tie the hammock one more time in the middle. The best method to store a hammock is to purchase a store bag constructed from weather-resistant fabric that is durable and breathable. Make sure to store in a dry place.