Despite the fact that trampolines are designed to be left outdoors, learning how to clean a trampoline and properly care for it can have a major impact on how long your trampoline will last. Basically, extending your trampoline’s life means you’ll need to properly clean it and keep up on regular maintenance.
Before you get started, take a look at the trampoline’s user manual and read the recommended care and cleaning steps. Even the best trampoline requires routine care and can be cleaned using the steps we’ve included here, however, there are some models that may require special cleaning products in order to avoid damaging the jumping surface.
Most models of trampolines are very low maintenance, but during the year, they can quickly accumulate a lot of dust and dirt, especially on the jumping surface and in the springs.
Our tips will teach you how to easily care for your trampoline, so it will last for many years to come.
The Average Lifespan of the Trampoline
If you carefully follow our tips on cleaning a trampoline, your trampoline can last for several years. However, you should also expect to see some wear and tear and you may need to replace some of the parts within the first few years of use. This can also depend on how often the trampoline is used and whether or not you use a protective cover during the winter months.
The safety pads on a trampoline will usually last anywhere from three to five years, while the trampoline’s mat should last about six years. But if you take proper care of your trampoline, you can lengthen these periods by two to three years. The frames and springs should last for ten to twenty years, depending on the model. The safety net will last about as long as the safety pads and should be replaced when large rips or tears occur.
Scrubbing Down Your Trampoline
Before you try to tackle this big job, make sure you have the proper supplies, which will include the following:
- Long handle push broom
- Soft bristle scrub brush
- Dish soap
- Large towels
- Rust inhibitor
Start off by cleaning the netting and frame. Some people prefer to remove the net and clean it separately, while others will leave the net up and spray down both the net and frame. If you’re thinking of skipping this step, then consider how much dust, dirt, and debris can collect in the netting and how much of the debris will end up on the jumping surface once it rains.
Because so much dirt and debris end up caked on both the net and frame, make sure you handle this task before you even think about cleaning the mat. Otherwise, you’ll only end up doubling your work.
If you decide to take the safety net off to clean it, use this opportunity to spray the frame with a high-quality rust inhibitor. Before you do so, make sure the frame is clean and dry. It’s also very important that you avoid getting any of the rust inhibitor on the jumping surface or netting.
Cleaning the Jumping Surface
Cleaning the trampoline’s mat is a fairly easy process. Begin by sweeping the entire mat using the long-handled push broom to get rid of debris, leaves, and dirt. Never use a regular broom or rake to remove dirt from the surface because these tools can actually damage the jumping surface. After the surface has been swept, check the mat for damage. This should be done once a month as part of your routine maintenance. Keep an eye out for small holes, snags, and rips. For minor damage, you can purchase a trampoline repair kit. For serious damage, you may need to contact the manufacturer if the trampoline is still covered under warranty, or you may need to pay out of pocket to replace it. Serious damage will make the trampoline unsafe for jumpers. In fact, even a small hole can become enlarged quickly and make the trampoline unsafe for use, so we recommend taking care of minor and major damage immediately.
Once you’ve swept the mat and closely inspected it, use the hose and soak the entire surface.
Take the soft bristle scrub brush and scrub the surface using warm soapy water. Clean by working in sections, then dump out and replace the water as needed. We recommend starting at one end and slowly working your way to the other side.
Next, hose off all of the soapy water and use some large towels to get the surface as dry as possible. Make sure you leave off the protective cover, so it can fully dry off in the sun.
Cleaning the Ladder, Springs, and Safety Pads
The safety pads and springs should also be cleaned using dish soap and warm water. If you plan on spraying the springs with rust inhibitor, you’ll need to remove them first. This can be done in sections, so you won’t have to take the mat down. Because most trampoline ladders are removable, you can easily detach it to scrub it and hose it off.
During the cleaning process, make sure you keep an eye out for bent springs, tears, or any other signs of damage. Keep a pad and pen handy so you can make a list of replacement parts.
During this time, you should also check out all of the hardware and tighten any bolts and screws as needed.
Keeping the trampoline out of direct sunlight and covering the jumping surface with a waterproof cover when not in use can lengthen the life of your trampoline.