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    Hammock cleaning help needed

    Ok, So I just purchased a hammock and it was my bad for not asking if it came from a smoke-free home...

    Now I am trying to clean the hammock... I have also most likely broke some un-written rules about the care and maintenance of the hammock.

    This is for a Dutch Half-Wit.

    I have tried:
    leaving it out in the rain overnight = smells became more pronounced
    soaking it in a bucket = still did not remove the smells
    and washing it on 'delicate' in an agitator-less washer with soap nuts (couldnt think of anything less harsh)

    Before placing it in the washer i did remove the ties, lines and such.

    It is still not working...
    I noticed that the water was pooling from the hammock in the bucket - so two thumbs up on water resistance.

    Anyone have a solution to remove smells?

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    I have no idear if this will work......

    Other tricks include spraying the garment with a 50:50 solution of vodka and water. The alcohol will evaporate along with the smell.

    If you want to remove old smoke smells from clothes hanging in small, confined areas like closets or boxes, set an open bowl of used, dried coffee grounds in with clothes for a few days. The coffee will absorb odours from the air.
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    Use Tent wash or Woolite (1 cap in a 5 gal bucket) and let it sit for 24 hours. You may need to repeat 3-4 times to release the tar that is binding the smell into the fabric. I wouldn't recommend any polar solvent unless tried on a test swatch of fabric beforehand. It'll eventually clean up, be patient. Good luck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanhalo View Post
    I have no idear if this will work......

    Other tricks include spraying the garment with a 50:50 solution of vodka and water. The alcohol will evaporate along with the smell.

    If you want to remove old smoke smells from clothes hanging in small, confined areas like closets or boxes, set an open bowl of used, dried coffee grounds in with clothes for a few days. The coffee will absorb odours from the air.
    I will hold off on the vodka but i will try to do the coffee grounds this weekend... not much of a coffee drinker, so maybe i can snag some from work.

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    Soak it in vinegar in the tub for a few hours and then rinse. This should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Woodpecker View Post
    Use Tent wash or Woolite (1 cap in a 5 gal bucket) and let it sit for 24 hours. You may need to repeat 3-4 times to release the tar that is binding the smell into the fabric. I wouldn't recommend any polar solvent unless tried on a test swatch of fabric beforehand. It'll eventually clean up, be patient. Good luck!


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    Any particular brand of tent wash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    Soak it in vinegar in the tub for a few hours and then rinse. This should work.
    white vinegar or apple vinegar... does it matter which? I do have a big jug of white vinegar at home

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    I soak in vinegar then wash in the washer with a mild detergent and baking soda. The baking soda reacts with the left over vinegar to remove the last of the smells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urduja View Post
    white vinegar or apple vinegar... does it matter which? I do have a big jug of white vinegar at home
    White.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    Soak it in vinegar in the tub for a few hours and then rinse. This should work.
    +1 on the above by TrailSlug. White vinegar in hot water for a few hours. Rinse and hang outside and the slight vinegar smell will go away.

    I have used this on both hammocks and down quilts with favorable results.

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