For the first several uses, be sure to check the tension/slack of each segment of the zome webbing. ADJUST BEFORE EACH USE. As the zome “breaks-in” over the first few days/weeks of use, the webbing will stretch and the zome will settle into shape. It is important to equalize the tension and slack of the webbing and adjust the location of the nodes during these initial uses so that the zome can permanently settle into the correct place. The colored markings on the webbing represent general node locations, and should not be taken as exact locations. After a few uses, you will notice that the webbing and nodes naturally stay put in the correct places. After this break-in period, periodic checks and adjustments are fine.
Periodically check all bolts and shackles. Tighten as necessary.
Powder-coated steel, polyester webbing, and stainless steel are all designed for outdoor use and do not need special treatment under typical outdoor conditions. However, harsh climates (beaches, desert, indoor pool areas with chlorine, high altitude) will hasten wear and tear. We recommend washing down the zome structure with fresh water every 2 weeks to remove any salt or chemical build-up. The simple addition of a spray enamel top-coat can also help protect the powdercoat in these harsh environments - apply in test area first as the powdercoat finish may change appearance. Although color-fast, the webbing may fade slightly with extended exposure to direct sunlight.
For extended periods of non-use or inclement weather, we strongly suggest using one of our protective storage covers. (Our fitted covers with zippered doors offer protection and coverage while still allowing you to enjoy the zome!). Not using a cover and leaving the zome routinely exposed to harsh outdoor conditions may constitute neglect of the product.
◊ Sunbrella®Upholstery and Cushions
Covering outdoor upholstered furniture when not in use will reduce the need for cleaning.
During the harsh winter months, cover your outdoor upholstery and, if possible, store it in an enclosed, dry area. This will extend the life of your furniture. Clean before covering and storing.
For light overall cleaning, brush off loose dirt and rinse with water.
For spot cleaning, use a sponge or soft bristle brush with a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water. Rinse thoroughly, air dry.
For persistent stains or mildew, use a sponge or soft bristle brush with a solution of 1 cup bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water. Rinse thoroughly, air dry. Test on an inconspicuous area first.
You may also machine wash or hand wash any removable fabric casings. Use a normal amount of mild soap and 1 cup bleach (if needed). Air dry.
Do not dry clean or machine dry Sunbrella® If ironing is necessary, use the synthetic setting with no steam and test a small, inconspicuous area first.
For information on cleaning specific stains please visit Sunbella’s handy Stain Chart: www.sunbrella.com/en-us/how-to-clean/stain-chart
◊ Hanging Accessories
Routinely check all ropes and hanging hardware for signs of deterioration or excess wear at least once a month. Check that all shackle pins are screwed tightly and secure. Perform a thorough inspection at the end and beginning of high-use seasons.
There are many factors that affect the service life of ropes and accessories but common climbing and rigging practice to is replace your equipment every 3-7 years whether it shows signs of wear or not. To ensure years of safety and peace of mind, consider replacement of outdoor slings, ropes, hanging webbing, and carabineers at this interval or more frequently.
With proper use and care, your Kodama Zome is designed to provide many years of safe and relaxing use. Sit back, sink in… and enjoy!