A trampoline will provide you and your family with endless hours of fun, but rust can become an issue if you don’t take care of it properly. Use these top five tips to keep your new trampoline from rusting.
Make Sure the Frame Is Galvanized
If you haven’t bought your trampoline yet, make sure that you purchase one with a galvanized frame. Ideally, it should be galvanized inside and outside. Some trampolines are only galvanized on the outside, which will prevent some rusting. But if water gets inside of the frame, it can start rusting from the inside out and eat away at the frame.
Use a Trampoline Cover
The simplest and easiest way to prevent rusting is to use a trampoline cover. A cover will keep the frame dry and prevent rusting. It will also protect other parts of the trampoline from damaging UV rays, falling debris and other hazards.
Store the Trampoline Away
Unless you live in an area where the weather is warm all year round, it’s best to store away your trampoline when it’s not in use. During the cold winter months, take the trampoline down and bring it indoors. The garage or shed are perfect storage places as long as they stay dry throughout the season.
Use Water Repellent
To protect the trampoline from rust, apply water repellent to the frame and springs. Water from the rain or watering the grass can cause damage and rusting. A water repellent solution will prevent this from happening.
Keep Away from Pools and Sprinklers
If you have space in your yard, try to avoid setting your trampoline up near sprinklers or your backyard pool. Splashing and water from the sprinklers can lead to rusting if the trampoline frame is not protected. Ideally, you want set up your trampoline in an open space in the yard that’s not too close to trees, the pool or your sprinkler system.
How to Remove Rust from Trampoline Springs
We’ve give you tips on how to prevent rust, but what do you do if your trampoline’s springs are already rusted? We have a few tips and tricks to help you remove rust spots and have your trampoline looking as good as new.
First thing’s first, take the time to walk around your trampoline and inspect the springs. If you see even the slightest evidence of rust, mark off the spot with electrical tape. This will make it easier to find the spots that require rust removal.
Salt and Lime
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the juice of two limes and a half a cup of salt to create a paste.
- Use a wooden spoon to apply the paste directly onto the rust spots.
- Allow it to sit for two to three hours.
- Using an old toothbrush, scrub away the rust and the lime/salt mixture.
- Rinse the springs with clean water.
- Dry thoroughly.
Ideally, you want to do the salt and lime method on a warm, sunny day so that the frame dries thoroughly. When you’re done, apply petroleum jelly to the springs to prevent rust from forming again in the future. As a general rule of thumb, you want to use something mildly acidic, like vinegar or lime juice, and something abrasive, like salt, to remove rust.
Preventing rust is the key to keeping your trampoline looking and working like new. Using a trampoline cover, storing it away and ensuring that you set it up in the proper place outside will help prevent rust and other damage caused by exposure to the elements.