Hammock Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your hammocks made of?
A: The main body, end strings and hanging loops of our single, couples, family, spreader bar hammock, lounger, masaya and honeymoon hammocks are made from 100% cotton. Our chinchorro’s are made from a soft nylon.
A: With proper care, your hammock should last for years. We do not recommend leaving your hammock outdoors uncovered. Treat your hammock as you would any quality, upholstered, outdoor furniture or as you would a blanket from your bed. Cut, broken or burned cords can be repaired by knotting the ends.
A: Depending on your living environment and the place you choose to locate your hammock and /or hammock chair, you may need to utilize some hardware. These may include: “S Hooks”, eyebolts, hitching rings, Pig Tail Swivel, Tree Hugger, Springmate and/or a few short lengths of heavy-duty rope. Fabric or rope is ideal when making direct contact with the hammock strings as this will prevent premature wear. Suspend the hammock from two equal lengths of rope so it hangs with both ends at the same height. Keep in mind your hammock should sag somewhat in the middle but not so much as to brush the ground when in use.
A: Sit with your back to the hammock, as if you were going to sit on a chair. Reach behind you and spread out the hammock before you sit down. This will ensure that you make full use of the space and that your weight is evenly distributed. Then simply sit down and lie back. But NEVER climb into a hammock feet first. The recommended way to sleep in a hammock is diagonally. This allows you to lay flat without arching your back.
Simply swing your legs over the site and sit up. Then take hold of the edges and push yourself up and off.
The most comfortable way to lie in a hammock is at an angle. That makes sure you can lie flat and avoid the bowing of the back you experience in other types of hammocks. Experiment. Find the angle that works best for you.
Hanging indoors: Hang from wall studs or ceiling joists. Use a stud-finder to locate the center of the stud or beam, then pre-drill holes and screw in hooks. Use additional rope to compensate for extra distance between hanging points.
A: It’s not likely. However, the spreader bar hammock will rock and one can roll off or tip over if not used correctly. If you assume the diagonal reclining position, no matter how restless you become, you will have plenty of hammock material at your sides. And, since Mayan hammocks don’t use spreader bars, they are not tippy and will not flip you onto the ground as a spreader-bar hammock can.
Q: Are the hammocks washable?
A: Yes. Grasp each end loop and stretch the hammock to its full length. Bind the end cords and body at roughly 16-inch intervals to avoid tangling (Spreader Bar Hammocks exempt). Put into a pillow cover and machine wash with mild detergent and cold water. Colors may bleed. The lounger chair and masaya can be placed in a bedsheet with with corners tied to enclose the chair. A mild detergent soap solution, along with a small amount of vinegar is recommended. Remember, the lounger chair has foam so ample time should be allowed for drying before sitting in the chair.
A: To prepare for storage, grasp the end loops and twist each end in opposite directions until the entire length of the hammock is twisted tightly. You can easily do this alone by leaving one hammock end attached to its hanger, or you can employ a partner. When the hammock is twisted, hold it above your head, so it is clear of the ground; it will then spin and wrap around itself like a skein of yarn. Then hang it by the end loops from one hook. Or tie with cord in a couple of places, tuck in the end loops and store in a cool, dry place.
A: Do not hang a hammock directory on hooks, as friction wearing is likely to occur. Instead, loop a rope from the hook to the loop end of the hammock and double it back. Always hold a hammock by its loop ends to avoid tangles.
A: Our hammocks are carefully crafted to provide years of reliable service. However, in the event a string breaks on an open-weave hammock, it will not run. You must, however, tie the two broken ends together to avoid having a hole develop. Cut, broken or burned cords can be repaired by knotting the ends.