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    Hammock care?

    So I realized the other day that my Dutchware hammock is five years old, and has been on 20+ backpacking trips spanning about 50-60 nights in the wild. It looks great, no fraying, holes, or rips. I’ve never washed it, only aired it out if we had campfire smoke. Been treated carefully.

    My question is do you hangers wash your hammocks? If so, how? Does the type of fabric make a difference?

    If not, why don’t you wash your hammock?

    How bout tarps? Any “washers of tarps” out there? Why? Or Not?

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    I wash my hammock about once a year - usually in the early autumn when I start prepping gear for another season of camping (I don’t camp much in the heat and humidity of Southeast US summer). I often sleep in little clothing, and the sweat and oil from my skin is … ah … discernible.

    Most hammocks are made from a form of nylon. I just throw it in the washing machine with my usually detergent and let it air dry. I have no clue if this is the wrong way, but I haven’t seen any wear yet.

    I’ve never washed any of my tarps - but I do try to wipe them down after most trips to minimize the build up of sap, bird poop, pollen, etc.


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    I wash my camping hammocks once a year using regular detergent and cold water. I remove my continuous loops and CRL before washing. The bridge hammock I sleep in every night gets washed every 3 weeks when I do my regular laundry. Air dry for both.
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    I just wash mine in the regular washer on gentle cycle, then hand up to air dry. We have a top load washer, but it is the kind that doesn't have the center agitator, so it's more akin to a front load washer. Not sure if that part matters though.

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    Absolutely not having a center agitator matters - but I don't know about top vs side without one. I tore up a perfectly good - but thankfully not expensive - sleeping bag in an agitator machine.
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    Just put it in a small tub and hand wash it - work your hands thoroughly, then air-dry - but DON'T leave it in the sun for more than a few minutes (perhaps I'm paranoid but my stuff lasts a long time).

    Never washed a tarp, have no plans to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
    Absolutely not having a center agitator matters - but I don't know about top vs side without one. I tore up a perfectly good - but thankfully not expensive - sleeping bag in an agitator machine.
    10-4 on that. If our machine had a center agitator, I would just hand wash it. Sorry about your sleeping bag though.

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    I wash my hammocks frequently. 30°C with liquid detergent in a front loader. I put netted hammocks in a bag to keep them from being stressed too much. After washing I let them air dry. My oldest hammock is now 12 years old and is still going strong.

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    I just washed my hammock. I bought some wool wash stuff from the dollar tree.

    The water after washing in a bucket was turbid to say the least. Rinse, hand wash in the bucket and repeat. The fabric felt just like new and it went in to a permethrin treatment. It’s packed and ready for my kayak camping paddle in two days.

    Last time I washed it was about a year ago. I might try and hand wash again before my next permethrin treatment.

    Never washed a tarp, I figure the rain does a descent job of it

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    I’ve not washed hammock or quilts.
    I do lay them out to dry after camping, even when it has not rained. Then store in plastic totes.

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