Like any object that you use at home, hammock chairs also require washing and cleaning every once in a while. As you get in close contact with these items, you’ll want to make sure that they’re clean so you don’t have to worry about your or your kids’ health.
If you haven’t owned one just yet, you might not have a good idea how to actually wash them. They can be tricky, especially if you’ve never handled the material before. But you shouldn’t be discouraged if the only thing you’re worried about is how to wash a hammock chair. It can be easily done if you know the right way to care for the materials used in your unit.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up a few tips and tricks on how to properly wash and care for a hammock chair. Check them out below.
How to Wash an Indoor Hammock Chair
Indoor and outdoor hammock chairs are different from each other mostly because they use different materials. For indoor hammock chairs, lightweight materials can be used. Thick cotton, nylon, canvas, and polyester are often used to make these products.
The great part about these materials is that they can be easily thrown in the wash. This makes them low maintenance and very easy to clean on a regular basis. Treating stains might be a bit trickier, but you can clean them as you would your clothes so it shouldn’t be much of a hassle.
For hammock chairs with these materials, make sure to remove the other parts that can’t go in the washing machine before anything else. If the spreader bar is removable, don’t forget to take it off. If the spreader bar is not removable, then you’ll have to wash the hammock chair by hand instead. Set the washing machine in full cycle once the hammock chair is already inside.
Handwashing hammock chairs can be a bit more tiresome but it’s easily done. You’ll first need a large enough flat space to spread it out. Once you have the hammock chair spread flat, you can start cleaning it with a soft-bristled brush with soap and water. Hose it down with water to rinse afterward and hang it up on a clothesline to dry.
How to Wash an Outdoor Hammock Chair
Outdoor hammock chairs tend to get dirtier than indoor ones as they’re more exposed to the elements. This is even truer if your unit is hung somewhere without a roof because bird droppings can also become an issue. Washing these things more often is recommended.
To wash an outdoor hammock chair, you should definitely consider the material used. If the one you own is made up of macrame cotton ropes or anything similar, you don’t have to worry. You can easily throw it in the wash without having to struggle with knots and tangles.
How? Use a pillowcase or a sturdy delicates bag. Place the hammock chair inside before putting it into the wash. This will prevent tangles even as the hammock gets spun and tumbled around inside your washing machine.
However, this will also only work with hammock chairs with removable spreader bars. If you can’t take off yours, you can also do the same method used above for cleaning indoor hammock chairs with permanent spreader bars.
Washing a Hammock Chair with Mold and Mildew
A common issue with hammock chairs would be mold and mildew. Outdoor varieties can have these if you haven’t stored them away during the rainy season. Indoor varieties can also have these if the unit has been soaked on accident and wasn’t dried out properly.
To treat the mold, pour equal portions of vinegar and water on the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes. Once the solution has seeped through, the next step would be to gently scrub them away with a soft brush. Make sure to wear a face mask for this step so you won’t inhale any of the spores. Add some soap and rinse them off with clean water. Make sure to leave the hammock out in a sunny or windy area to let it dry.
As prevention is always better than cure, make sure to minimize your hammock chair’s exposure to liquids in general. If you’ll be using one outdoors, take it out during the rainy season. If there has been an unexpected shower, make sure to dry the hammock chair thoroughly.