how to clean a trampoline
Trampolines are a great way to have fun, exercise, and play games with your family. But, like any outdoor object exposed to all sorts of weather and elements, they require regular cleaning and maintenance in order to keep running smoothly.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean your trampoline so that you can continue to enjoy it for years to come!
Things You Need Before Cleaning Your Trampoline
Before you start cleaning your trampoline, make sure you have the following items handy: a broom or leaf blower, a garden hose with an adjustable sprayer nozzle, a scrub brush (preferably soft bristles), mild detergent (dish soap works well), and towels or rags for drying.
When You Should Clean the Trampoline
It is recommended that you clean your trampoline at least once every two weeks during the summer months when you are using it most often.
If it rains frequently where you live, then cleaning once per week may be necessary. It is also important to do a thorough cleaning before storing your trampoline away for the winter months.
How To Clean Your Trampoline Properly
Sweep Off The Trampoline
The first step in cleaning your trampoline is to sweep off all debris from the surface of the mat and springs using either a broom or leaf blower.
This will help remove dirt, leaves, twigs, grass clippings and other debris so that they do not get into the next steps of cleaning.
Soak The Mat
Once you’ve removed all of the visible debris from the surface of the mat and springs, it’s time to soak them down with water from your garden hose.
Make sure you use an adjustable sprayer nozzle so that you can change the pressure as needed while spraying down each section of your trampoline.
Scrub The Mat
Once everything has been soaked down sufficiently with water, mix up some mild detergent in warm water in a bucket - dish soap works well - then grab your scrub brush (soft bristles work best) and start scrubbing each section of the mat thoroughly until all dirt has been removed from each individual square or pentagon on the surface of the mat. Be sure to rinse off any excess detergent residue when finished.
Rinse The Mat Thoroughly
Once finished scrubbing each section of the mat down with detergent solution, rinse everything off thoroughly with clean water from your garden hose again using an adjustable sprayer nozzle as needed.
Make sure all residual soap suds have been completely rinsed away before moving onto drying out your mat.
Dry Your Mat
After rinsing everything off with clean water, use towels or rags to dry out each section of mat thoroughly - making sure not to leave any excess moisture behind – then move onto wiping down each spring one by one with clean towels or rags until dry as well.
This will help prevent rust build up over time which could lead to premature wear & tear on your trampoline over time if not cleaned regularly & appropriately.
Clean Your Trampoline Springs
Finally, give each spring one last wipe down with either a wet rag or towel if desired then let everything sit out in direct sunlight for at least an hour before covering back up with its protective cover & storing away until next time!
This should help ensure that no rust builds up on them over time which will help extend their life span significantly!
How To Clean Rusty Trampoline Springs
Rusty springs on a trampoline can be a real hazard; they may give way unexpectedly while someone is using the trampoline and result in serious injury. Fortunately, it only takes some simple steps to clean rusty trampoline springs.
Start by spraying down the springs with a degreaser or rust remover. Let the product sit for about 10 minutes before scrubbing away any remaining rust with steel wool or an abrasive pad.
Make sure you wear gloves while performing this step! After all of the rust is gone, rinse off the springs with water and let them dry completely before using the trampoline again.
How To Clean The Trampoline Safety Net
Cleaning the safety net on your trampoline should be done regularly in order to keep it in good condition and make sure that it does its job properly.
Start by vacuuming away any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the surface of the safety net. Then use a mild soap solution—mild dish detergent works fine—and warm water to wipe down both sides of the netting.
Do not use bleach or harsh chemicals as these can damage the material! Once you're finished washing and rinsing off the safety net, hang it up outside so that it can air dry completely before putting it back on your trampoline frame.
Avoiding Common Mistakes
When cleaning your trampoline there are some common mistakes that you should avoid at all times such as using harsh chemicals on any part of your equipment or leaving your safety net outside overnight after washing it (this can lead to mold growth).
Additionally, make sure that no one uses their trampoline until all parts have been dried completely as this can lead to slips and falls due to wet surfaces.
It's also important not to forget about cleaning underneath your trampoline mat as dirt buildup here can cause tears in the material over time which can lead to unsafe conditions for users.
Don’t Use Your Trampoline When Wet
Finally, never allow anyone—especially children—to use their trampolines when they are wet from rain or dew overnight.
This could cause slips and falls which could result in serious injury if someone hits their head on a hard surface while falling off of their equipment!
Always wait until everything is completely dry before allowing anyone back onto their trampolines so that everyone stays safe during playtime!
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