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If you have a hammock, you would like to know how long you would enjoy its comfort. 

Hammocks are durable. However, their lifespan depends on the materials they are made of and how much you care for them. A poorly maintained hammock may get damaged within the first year of purchase how you treat hammocks matters!

This article will tell you how long a hammock lasts and how to make yours last even longer. 

Pay maximum attention as you read through.

How long does a hammock last?

There is no specific answer to how long a hammock lasts. But, a properly maintained hammock can last more than twenty years. Most quality hammocks could last for a lifetime if properly cared for. 

There are various tips that can make your hammock last for more than twenty years. Before we discuss these tips, let’s look at some factors that determine a hammock’s lifespan.

Young woman in a comfortable hammock at the forest

Factors that determine the durability of a hammock 

The durability of a hammock depends on several factors, which are highlighted below.

  1. Materials

This is a major factor that determines the durability of a hammock. A hammock made of cotton, when used outdoors and exposed to harsh weather, is less durable than a polyester hammock.

Also, the quality of the material is another major determinant.

2. Maintenance practices

To make your hammock durable, you need to give adequate maintenance and care to the hammock. A hammock without proper maintenance practice will start fraying and eventually wear out. 

3. Exposure to climatic conditions

Climatic conditions adversely affect the durability of a hammock material. During winter, you should store your hammock in a cool and dry place.

4. Usage

How is the hammock used? For relaxing and sleeping only? Do children play and jump in it? For indoor or outdoor use?

All these are factors that determine the durability of hammocks.

Young hispanic girl using laptop lying on hammock at the terrace.

Tips to make a hammock last longer

To make your hammock last longer, there are some guides and tips you should note. These tips include:

  1. Choose the appropriate hammock

The intended purpose for getting a hammock should determine the type of hammock you should purchase. For example, cotton hammocks are not suitable for outdoor use; they are rather ideal for indoor use. A cotton hammock used outdoors will fade within two years. 

Also, hammocks made with man-made fibers are more weather-resistant than cotton hammocks. They are suitable for outdoor use, because of their sturdiness.

2. Keep your hammock clean always

Ensure you keep your hammock clean always. There are a few points involved in cleaning a hammock. These include:

● Shaking dirt off the hammock to get rid of dust or tons of any hidden build-up.

● If there are traces of molds and mildews on your hammock, sprinkle the stains with a vinegar cleaning solution or baking soda. 

● Thorough washing with the hands or a machine.

● Dry the hammock completely. However, do not expose it to direct sunlight during the process.

Note: When hand washing a hammock, scrub gently with a soft brush and with mild detergent. If you are using a machine, set it to a low cycle and use cool water with mild detergent. Also, ensure that you are washing the hammock alone in the machine.

3. Fold and store correctly

After cleaning a hammock and drying it completely, always fold with the appropriate folding technique. The folding technique depends on the type of hammock. Below are ways to fold each type of hammock.

● Non-spreader bar hammocks: Fold the hammock once end-to-end and fold the cords together. Then roll up the hammock.

● Spreader-bar hammocks: Lay the hammock on a clean surface. Then, fold the rings and ropes into the hammock towards one end and roll the hammock with the bar towards the other end. 

● Brazilian hammocks: Fold carefully into its pouch.

After folding a hammock, store it in a breathable bag or preferably the bag it came with. Also, ensure you keep it away from direct sunlight and moisture. Don’t store hammocks outside. 

Note: Advisably, don’t store your hammock near strong chemicals. It may damage the hammock which will shorten its lifespan. Also, keep your hammock away from pests or insects.

4. Keep away from bad weather

It is advisable that you keep your hammock indoors during adverse weather, especially during winter. Be aware of the weather pattern in your area and how it can affect your hammock. 

Doing this will make your hammock more durable.

5. Do not exceed the weight capacity

Hammocks come with different weight capacities. Don’t exceed the max. loading capacity of your hammock. Otherwise, the hammock would get damaged and consequently shorten its durability.

6. Maintenance and Repairs

At times, a hammock may get minor damage that requires urgent repair. You can practice some repair techniques by yourself. 

The repair practices below would make your hammock last longer:

● If has a small hole or tear on a hammock, you can use a darning needle and water-resistant thread to fix the tear. 

● If there is a loose string on a hammock, tie them immediately to prevent further damage. 

● Replacement of damaged end ropes without delay.

● Using a fabric protector to prevent the growth of mold and mildews. 

● Replace broken chain links immediately. 

Final thoughts

Now you know that though hammocks are generally durable, the durability of a hammock depends largely on the quality of care and maintenance of the hammock.

If you adequately maintain your hammock well, it will last long. A routinely cleaned hammock will last longer than you can imagine. 

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