Trampolines can offer good health and recreation to people of all age groups. Bouncing on it may seem super fun, and it can increase your heart rate, improve your posture, strengthen your muscle core and joints, and help you lose weight.
Admittedly, this bouncy equipment is doing an excellent job taking care of your health and benefitting you in several ways. However, you need to make of it as well because, with time, it may become filthy as dust, sweat, body oils, dirt, and other dregs may build upon the mat. Not only that you may even need to take care of the iron frames around it as you know irons can get very rusty if not taken care of properly.
No one would like to jump on a dirty trampoline so, you need to make sure that you maintain proper hygiene for it. If taken care of properly, it may last you up to decades and until your kids become “too cool” to jump on it. Either way, good hygiene never hurts.
How to Clean the Trampoline Mat
Mats are the surface where you jump. It is considered to be the heart of a trampoline. Thus, you must understand the underlying factors on the proper maintenance of the mat. Most of the dirt, oils, debris, and dust build in here, and as it dries it harden making it seem dirtier.
Let’s get down to step by step on how you can clean the surface of the mat.
- Dusting: This is the first thing that you need to do in order to get rid of the excess dust and fallouts from the surface. You can use either or broom to wipe out any chunks of debris or leaves that may be sitting on top. Some people don’t usually pay attention to this step much and hop on soaking the dirty surface, but it is necessary to get the dry fragments dusted off else cleaning may seem super time consuming and hard for you.
- Soaking: This is the most important step of all. You need to water down all the residue to soften it. This will ensure that you’re scrubbing off the top, later on, it will be a lot easier and will take out every little piece of dirt. You can either use a water hose, pump, or even just buckets of water. Find which works best. But you need to know that this is a very crucial step.
- Scrubbing: Without scrubbing, you can’t get the dirt off the mat. Depending on the type of residue that is left on the mat, you need to choose the type of scrubber you would be using. If you have more dirt on the surface, we suggest you use a hard bristle. However, if you have less dirt, then you can use a softer bristle. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be using any scrubber that’s either too hard or too soft. You need to stick to one that works just fine else you may cause damage to it.
- Drying: This is an optional part, but if you want to make sure that you want to stay as squeaky clean as possible then it is important that you pat dry it with a towel or a cloth. You can even use air dryers if you have it laying around in your tools. But the best option is to pat dry. It will ensure that when it dries, you won’t have watermarks. Keep in mind that you need to sun-dry it for about a few hours before you let your kids jump on it else there is no way you can jump on a wet trampoline.
Which soap is preferable for using to clean the mat?
There are no hard and fast rules that you have to use a certain type of soap, and you can use whatever soap you desire. Some even use dishwashers, but it is also important that you acknowledge you can’t use anything that is too harsh. Such as any product that contains bleach or any harsh chemicals that may end up ruining the UV resistant surface. These mats are often made of robust materials that are long-lasting. So, the use of any harsh chemical products may wear off the mat, and therefore you may end up ruining it.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. You are recommended to use normal soap and water to clean off the top; thus, there is no need of using any complicated products. Simple soap and water shall work just fine.
How to clean the safety nets
Almost every trampoline users have safety nets around it. This is for safety purposes and to protect you from getting injured. Jumping without safety nets may come across very hazardous, as you have no control over your motions when you are leaping in the air. Therefore, the net stops the jumper from dropping and protects him from collateral injury.
You don’t need any fancy tools to clean your safety nets. You can use sponges and your good old hands!
An excellent tip to remember is, you can do this while you are inside the nets. But please avoid doing that, else you may slip off in the mat and get hurt. This can be very dangerous and can cause you long term effects.
Start with water the nets. The easiest way to cover the loss is to clean it with a water hose or pipe. Soaking the net will help in making it easier for the soap to clean them.
Once, you’re done with watering the nets, and you can take your sponge and apply some mild detergent soap and continue to scrub the nets. Make sure that you are not putting too much pressure on the nets else you may end up tearing it off. Also, keep in mind that the type of soap that you are using needs to be very mild. Harsh chemicals are more likely to lower the life span of your safety nets. Security nets are sturdy enough, but they can break as they are washed with intense stresses.
When you are done with soaping the nets make sure to give a good rinse with water. You should rinse if appropriate so ensure that after cleaning there is no soap water left. And the nets shall seem all brand new.
You can use either vacuum the nets, or you can find sundry. But make sure to never jump on the mat while you have water dripping from the nets. Leave the nets in the air for about a few hours until you are ready to use it.
How to clean the pads
Trampoline pads are always necessary as the mat itself mainly, because the springs are secured against the harsh weather or rainwater. Springs are made of iron or steel. So you need to protect them from rusting with a sheath of pads. Rusting of the springs is always a big NO.
The springs and pads are like a chain. You need to protect one to save the other. So cleaning the pads are just as vital as you would clean the mats.
The difference that lies between the pads and the mat is that they are not elastic, as opposed to the mat. They’re more of a blanket or has a cushion-like texture.
Although they are primarily used to shield the springs from the weather, they also defend you against the springs. You may indeed end up hurting yourself if you don’t use a pad around the springs. You can slip off the edges and end up getting injured by the springs. So every jumper shall install pads around the edges.
The washing method of the pads is the same because of the resemblance to the mat. However, the zone in which the pad attaches to the springs and the mat must be paid careful attention as this is the zone where most of the dirt and fragments of other residues pile up the most.
How to clean the springs
We’ve discussed how you can clean the pads that protect the springs. But cleaning the springs is also vital as they’re made of out of metal, you may end up losing it to rust which can reduce its elasticity. The life span of a trampoline is very much depended on the springs and the mat. If you don’t take care of either of them, you may end up destroying it as a whole.
Cleaning off the springs is super easy. It is the same process of cleaning the surface and the pads. You can use regular soap and water to rinse off dirty, but please make sure to immediately vacuum or pat dry the springs after you clean them. Do not let it air dry as water and oxygen react on iron, therefore, causing it to rust.
Also, note that you need to remove the mats before spraying any rust protection. The chemicals from the rust protective spray may cause damage to the mat.
What to do if you have rusty springs?
Rarely ever, rust would be a good indication. You must check regularly and clean the rusts so it won’t spread to the rest of the spring. Rusting of the springs may lead to further damage. You may even hurt yourself while you are jumping.
Now the question arises how do you combat rusting? And how to clean existing rust?
There are several rust cleaning products out in the market you can either get on of those or use a simple home remedy that will clean off the rust.
For which you would be needing:
- Lime juice
Combine the two ingredients until you get to a paste-like consistency and apply on the rusts. You can leave it in there for about a few hours and let the lime and salt do its thing.
The next step is to take an old cleaning toothbrush after you waited for the time given. Start scrubbing the springs you washed off your mixture. Rinse the springs and rinse them thoroughly after you clean the combination of salt and water. Any rust inhibitor can be even sprayed on the pipes if you prefer.
Once you are done rinse off the paste and please make sure apply rust protective products such as oil or petroleum jelly. The oil acts like a sheath against water so oiling your springs is a right way of keeping it from rusting.
However, if you want to get long term protection, you are highly encouraged to use rust protective sprays or paints. Make sure to take off the mats before doing that. If your springs seem rusty all over, then it is better to buy new ones as you won’t want to get injured.
Protecting your trampoline from the weather
Weather is also an issue when it comes to taking care of your trampoline. You need to make sure that you are protecting it from the harsh weather. You can either take it off from the back yard or and store it away but if you are unable to do that read this article and we will tell you how you can protect your trampoline from the harsh weather.
If you happen to live in the coastal environment, then it is more likely that you may need to take good care of the rainwater protection department. You can either use a plastic cover to protect or drag it to a shade.
Please ensure to keep an eye on the springs, ladder, and frames as they are made out of metal. If you find them to be rusted, you need to replace the parts with a new one. Applying a rust-proof paint or spray before the rainy season is always a good idea.
Wintertime is one of the time of the year where you need to be very careful in terms of taking care of your trampoline. Especially if you live in a chilly area where it snows.
Ensure to broom off the snow that lies on the top and make sure to give it a good splash of warm water to get rid of the icicles that build up underneath and also to prevent the mat from freezing. Freezing of the mat lead into breakage. Which is never very pleasant. So therefore if you still jump on it, then you must clean it every day and protect it from getting crusted.
Protection from moulds
Due to the coverage of your trampoline for about a few months can lead the mats into catching moulds. When moisture is stuck on surfaces, the fungus can expand and build efficiently. The use of a trampoline cover in winter is necessary because the moisture that is contained in the mat and the mould develops. Don’t worry if that happens! You can get rid of it within a jiffy before you can start jumping on it.
For which you would need some disinfectants or antiseptics. Rubbing alcohol, in this case, shall work the best. Make sure only to use the ones you use to sanitize your hands.
Scrub off the moulds with the rubbing alcohol and sanitize the scrubbers after use.
Cleanliness in every aspect of life is essential. In this case, we’re talking about trampolines. IT is always a good idea to take care of things else they won’t last as long as you would expect them to. The efforts that you put into cleaning will benefit you in the long run.