To enjoy your hammock on a daily basis and for many years to come there are a few things you can do to look after and preserve your hammock.
When hanging your hammock you need to give consideration to the area and space it is to be hung in. You want to just make sure that when you are gently swaying in it, it does so freely without touching or rubbing on the ground or other objects. Also be careful of leaving your hammock outside in strong winds that it doesn't get caught up in or snagged on tree branches, shrubs, fences and the like that could damage your hammock. Strong winds can also lead to excessive wear and rubbing on hammock ends and attachments. Wind can catch the hammock like a sail - so it's probably best that you bring it in during those gale force winds!
However you use your hammock indoors or out, there may come times when you feel it needs a good clean. Not a problem, hammocks without spreader bars are machine washable at 30°C (86 °F). Hang to dry. Hammocks with spreader bars obviously won't fit in a washing machine but can be washed by hand.
Hammocks made of cotton and organic cotton should be protected from moisture where possible. Therefore you should take down your hammock during rain and before it gets dark to protect it from dew. Like cotton clothes, if your hammock has become wet just dry it out such as on a clothes rack, or put it back outside once the weather is dry. Don't let your cotton hammocks stay wet for long periods of time or store wet.
As the weather cools and the autumn and winter rains hit, like most garden furniture it's time to store your hammock away for the following summer season. Give it a good shake out to remove dirt and dust, fold it up and put it in a plastic bag to protect it from moths. During winter keep your hammock stored inside in a dry safe room - not the damp garden shed! Before you store it for winter or any long periods ensure it is totally dry first.
Take off your shoes, that sharp belt, careful of Velcro-ing yourself to the hammock and don't drop ash or spill your beer in your hammock. Avoid those and along with other common sense care your hammock will stay fresh and new for years to come.
HamacTex®/Polypropylene material hammocks (and parachute silk as well) have a better UV stability than cotton and it does not mould when it stays wet for a longer time (such as cotton would). It also dries a lot faster after rain because the fibres of the fabric do not soak up water. That means you can leave the HamacTex®/Polypropylene and Parachute Silk products outside all summer, the cotton products you would take inside when it rains and overnight. In saying they are not indestructible though and will still wear over time, so to enhance your hammocks longevity you might as well pop it inside if you know you are not going to be using for a bit or are expecting a bad turn of weather.
Just a few easy rules to look after your hammock and it will look after you with years of comfort and relaxation.