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Winter is coming. Tips on Taking Care of Your Hammock During the Cold Season.

The time has come to transition your backyard from Summer Oasis to Winter Wonderland, including packing away your hammocks. We wanted to give you a few tips to help assure that your hammock lasts through the winter so you can enjoy your favorite backyard spot next Spring!

Tip #1 - Hang them inside.

It is tempting to roll your hammock into a ball and throw it into the storage shed. Now imagine all of the critters looking for a place to keep warm during the winter months. One of them will be lucky enough to stumble upon your hammock. A balled-up hammock is a perfect spot to nest for the winter which means you could find your hammock with holes and chewed strings when springtime rolls around. Your best bet is to hang the hammock up. Now we encourage you to use your hammock year round but, let's face it, not everyone's living room has the room for Brazilian relaxation in the winter so just make sure your hammock is not an inviting ball of coziness for potential winter renters.

Tip #2 - Make sure they are dry.

This one seems pretty obvious but just to reiterate make sure your hammock is dry and clean. Problems such as mold could occur and that's no fun. If your hammock needs cleaning, make sure to hand wash it, and hang to air dry. Never put your hammock in a washing machine or dryer! This especially applies to our lightweight hammocks. You would never dream of putting away a wet tent, your hammock should be exactly the same.

Tip #3 - Store in a secure dry area.

To further ensure your hammock does not fall victim to rodents this winter we recommend keeping it out of storage sheds or garages. Dry basements are best but if that is not an option we do condone rolling the hammock into a ball and placing it in a closet.

If your ropes are tangled when you put it away it will be a frustrating scenario on the first sunny day of spring to have to untangle them. The best way to do this is to lay the hammock flat on the ground. This will allow you to see where the ropes are tangled and the best method to untangle them. There will be a lot of twisting and flipping but it will all be worth it to keep your hammock in good shape.

If you have any other tips on how you put your hammocks away for the winter we would love to hear from you! We hope wherever you spend the winter months that they are full of adventure and happiness.