How to take care of the trampoline – for the safety of children
In summer, a trampoline is used extensively, perhaps even daily? Children can play, bounce and have fun for hours at a time, without getting tired or wanting to interrupt the play to come in and eat. Jumping on the trampoline is not only fun, it also improves children's fitness, motor skills, body control and coordination.
Clean the trampoline
It is very important that, before and after, each season you check the status of the trampoline. If the trampoline is dirty, it needs to be cleaned, especially before you bring it in for winter storage.
Clean the trampoline as follows:
- Clean the frame, edge protection, padding and safety net with lukewarm water and washing up liquid. Do not use solvents, detergents, soap powder or water that is too hot.
- Wipe thoroughly.
- Sweep any debris off the mat with a brush.
- Wash the mat off with the garden hose.
- Allow the mat to dry thoroughly before using it again.
Storage during autumn and winter
During the colder autumn and winter months, the trampoline needs to be stored undercover and preferably somewhere where it does not get damp or too cold. A dismantled trampoline takes up about 1.5 square metres of storage space.
The frame of the trampoline can be stored outdoors all year round, with some risk of rust formation on its surface. But it is not something that in the short term affects the function of the trampoline. If you store the frame outdoors, it can still be an advantage if you have the opportunity to put it undercover, or cover it with a tarp. Do not forget to also clog holes in the frame, so that it does not fill with water and begins to rust.
Edge protection, springs, mat and safety net
It is very important that you store the trampoline's edge protection, springs, mat and safety net indoors during the autumn and winter months. These parts are more sensitive to lower temperatures, and need to be stored in a place where the temperature will not be lower than -10°C. They will last longer if you store them somewhere dry, for example, in a storage room or in the attic.
Maintenance and inspection
Before, during and after the jumping season, it is good to check through the trampoline equipment, to ensure that everything is intact and safe.
The mat is the part of the trampoline that, of course, takes the most beatings and wears the fastest. Of course the more it is used, the more worn it becomes. If the mat has been damaged, depending on its condition, you can either repair it, or buy a new one.
You can repair the mat if:
- the hole or rip is no more than 5 centimetres long
- the mat is generally in good condition.
However, if the mat has more damage and defects in the form of holes, you should instead buy a new mat.
The frame is the thing that holds the trampoline together, and it is of course therefore very important that it is in good condition. Therefore, periodically inspect the frame to check its condition. You protect the frame best by locating the trampoline on a flat and soft surface, such as a lawn or on gravel.
How to find damage to the frame
- Inspect the frame before assembling the trampoline and look for rust or other obvious damage.
- Check the weld joints and brackets for the springs.
- Check the holes in the frame to ensure that water has not accumulated inside the frame.
- Inspect the fasteners for the safety net.
All trampolines larger than 1.5 metres in diameter must always be equipped with a safety net. The safety net is there to prevent the jumpers from falling off the trampoline and hitting the ground. Therefore, it is incredibly important that the safety net is intact and in good condition so that it can function as intended.
Before each season, you should check for holes, tears or other damage to the safety net, which may affect its ability to protect. Small holes are usually no problem, but if the net has large holes then you should buy a new one.
The edge protection protects the jumpers from getting their feet or other body parts stuck between the trampoline springs, which can hurt a lot. Therefore, it is important to have an intact and fully functioning edge protection!
Check for wear on the edge protection, cam you find any holes or tears? Also check the straps that attach the edge protection to the frame, it is important that they are intact so that the edge protection sits where it is intended to be. If you need to buy new edge protection you can find quality options in our range.