NAG Bag Material & How They Are Made
NAG Bags are made from a knitted (knotless) blend of nylon and polyester. With safety in mind, our nets are constructed in Canada, adhering to strict textile standards. We have chosen to dye our nets green as this is one of the safest color options available - red netting can leach its color while white netting goes through a bleaching process. After our netting is dyed, it is washed in an extremely hot water bath and then put through a hot dryer which sets the dye and seals them.
NAG Bag are not hand sewn...they are the only serger-seamed slow feeder on the market, and this makes our bags extremely strong with a long life. NAG Bags are strong but are still very soft...you will see and feel the difference!
Care Of Nets
-Wash your NAG Bag a few times a year. Do not leave them laying around in mud or in the barn as mice can chew holes in them.
-Never leave old hay in the nets as the hay will heat and decompose which takes the life out of your nets.
-Nets should never be left in the sun or in constant rain or mud. When storing, we recommend washing and placing the dried NAG Bags in a sealed box or bag.
-With the proper maintenance, you will find that your NAG Bag will last for a long time. We have many customers whose NAG Bags that are still going strong after 4 + years of use.
Washing NAG Bags
NAG Bags are best washed in a solution of 3 gallons of cold rain or well water mixed with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let it soak for about an hour then rinse with fresh water and hang to dry out of sunlight.
If your nets are heavily soiled you can add some of our NAG Wash, an organic soap that is also wonderful for shampooing animals. Do not use chlorine bleach as this can make nets hard and stiff.
For large round or square bales, use a horse water tub filled with non-chlorinated water, 1.5 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda, or hang it on a fence and spray it off with a hose. Soaking the net in water with baking soda is the best way to soften your net.
If Nets Become Stiff With Use
Nets can become stiff for a few different reasons:
-Nets have been washed in chlorinated water. We recommend that nets are only washed in non-chlorinated water, following the instructions above to clean and soften it.
-If nets are heavily soiled, the dirt and grime can damage the fibers. Wash the net following the instructions above to clean and soften it.
-Sometimes nets become stiff as a result of the hay being used. If hay is fertilized, conditioned, or has a high sugar content, the Ph level of a horse's saliva can change. These changes
can cause the net to stiffen in the same way that it would if the net were exposed to chlorinated water. More research into the hay (hay testing) is recommended.
-If nets are used in a hot, dry climate, or put out in harsh sunlight, you may notice some stiffening. We recommend that nets are always placed in covered or shaded areas.