Most well know hammock brands offer a wide range of beautifully crafted wooden stands, which once assembled provide the perfect chill out space outdoors. These stands will probably all be treated with a high-performance wood oil finish, that protects them from the elements and keeps them looking great. However, with any natural product there is always a maintenance bill to take care of and wooden hammock stands are no different. This short easy to follow care guide will give you exactly what you need to know when it comes to looking after your wooden stand.
So, there are a four commonly asked questions when it comes to stand maintenance and we will address these in turn so you will be able to not look after your hammock stand but extend it life.
1. Can I leave my stand outside all year?
Most stands will have a level of protection from the treatment which is applied to the wood during the manufacturing process. This treatment will cope easily with the types of weather expected over the spring and summer months. However, it is always advisable to dismantle your stand over the autumn and winter months and put it in storage.
2. How should I store my stand?
When its time to start thinking about dismantling your stand and storing it away for the winter, it is important to do some minor maintenance. Firstly, ensure the wooden stand is completely clean, its best to use just plan hot soapy water and a sponge. Then dismantle the stand and leave to dry. Any ironmongery should also be cleaned and very lightly oiled. You can then place back in the packaging if you have kept it or hang it from a storage hook. Lastly, ensure the store cupboard / shed is dry and not damp to prevent mildew.
3. How can I extend the life of my wooden stand?
It is recommended that every now and then you clean the stand down, again with hot soapy water this will keep it looking tip-top and keep the fungus and mould at bay. Ideally at the end of the first season we would also recommend you treat the wood with a coat of exterior wood protector. Most DIY stores stock this, Screwfix sell a great no-nonsense clear sealant which works a treat and only needs to be applied every 10 years, but there are several brands on the market that will do the job nicely.
4. Should I buy a cover?
A hammock stand cover is a good idea, if you want complete peace of mind. It provides an additional layer of protection and will stop you having to clean down your stand as frequently. They are also particularly useful if you are intending to leave your hammock out as well. It is important, however, that if you cover your stand after it been raining, and the stand is wet. Then you must remember to remove the cover once its stopped raining to prevent mildew and mould.
Hope the information above has been useful and you now get many more years out of your stand. If you have any other maintenance questions or general hammock questions send us a message at WeDo hammocks
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