NAG Bag Material
NAG Bags are knitted (knotless) with a blended nylon. NAG Bag nets are designed for animal use and with safety in mind. NAG Bags are made in Canada adhering to strict textile standards. We have chosen to dye our nets green as this is one of the safest colour options available - red netting can leach its colour 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 Bags 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 NAG Bag Nets
1. 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.
2. Never leave old hay in the nets as the hay will heat and decompose which takes the life out of your nets.
3. With any product or material, elements will deteriorate faster when outside in constant heat, rain and snow it is best if nets can be under cover, if at all possible for a longer life expectancy. Our nets are UV protected with Canadian strict enforcements.
4. 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.
Hang your NAG Bag out of the sun if possible as it will prolong the life of your net
1. Wash your NAG Bag a few times a year. NOTE: do not use chlorinated water or soap - see our wash
Do not leave them lying on the ground outside in the elements when not in use or in a barn laying on the ground, as mice can chew holes in them. Hang or tub them.
2. Do not leave old hay in the nets as the hay will heat and decompose which takes the life out of your nets.
3. With any product or material, elements will deteriorate faster when outside in constant heat, rain and snow. It is best if nets can be undercover, if at all possible for a longer life expectancy. Our nets are UV protected with Canadian strict enforcements.4. With the proper maintenance, you will find that your NAG Bag will last for a long time. We have many customers whose NAG Bags 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 water or soaps, 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 the 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:
1. 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.
2. If nets are heavily soiled, the dirt and grime can damage the fibres. Wash the net following the instructions above to clean and soften it.
3. 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.
4. 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.