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With the right care and maintenance, your trampoline can last a lifetime – or at least several decades. The good news is that care is relatively simple. Your trampoline’s manual will provide you with maintenance instructions, but we have some tips that anyone can use to keep their trampoline in good working condition.
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General Trampoline Care and Maintenance
1. Keep Your Trampoline Clean
Keeping your trampoline clean is one of the most basic things you can do to prolong your trampoline’s life. Dirt and debris, if left untouched, can eventually damage the mat or get caught in the springs.
A bucket of soap and water and soft bristle brushes are all you need to keep your trampoline clean. A simple spray down with plain water can help keep the surface dirt-free in between cleanings.
2. Proper Placement
It may sound trivial, but proper placement can also keep your trampoline looking like new for years to come.
Shady spots are ideal as they protect the surface from UV damage. Just make sure that there are no low-lying branches or any other objects that may make jumping unsafe. Also, keep in mind that placing your trampoline under a tree may make cleaning more tedious in the fall and early winter months.
It’s also a smart idea to place your trampoline a fair distance from your grill or outdoor fire pit if you have these.
3. Check Your Trampoline Regularly
To prevent accidents and injuries and to prolong the life of your trampoline, be sure to check it regularly for:
- Wear and tear, sagging or tension issues on the jumping mat.
- Excessive stretching of or damage to the springs.
- The condition of the frame connections. Is the frame bent? Are the welds broken?
- Damage to the mat, such as fraying, rips, holes or improper stitching.
- Fabric or stitching deterioration.
Winterizing Your Trampoline
Do you plan on using your trampoline in the winter? There are a few things you can do to protect your trampoline whether you’re storing it away until summer, or plan on using it all year long.
If you’re not using your trampoline in the winter, store it away in a dry place. For maximum protection, purchase a cover. A covered trampoline can remain outdoors throughout the winter and will protect it from dirt, debris and harsh weather conditions.
You can also remove the mat and springs, and store them indoors for the winter. Most frames can be left outdoors all winter – providing they’re made from rust-resistant materials. If you go this route, make sure that you store your springs in a dry place and oil them before reattaching the mat in the spring.
If you are using your trampoline in the winter, use a soft bristle brush or broom to remove snow, leaves and debris. Never use a shovel to remove debris or snow as it can rip or damage the mat/netting.
Check your owner’s manual to ensure that your trampoline can be left outdoors during the winter. As we mentioned previously, most frames are built with rust-resistant materials, but not all are. And some mats are better able to withstand extreme weather conditions than others.
If you live in an area that’s prone to high winds, make sure that your trampoline is well-anchored or stored away during the harsh winter months.
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Take good care of your trampoline, and it will provide you with years of use. The key most important thing is to check your trampoline regularly to make sure that your springs, frame and jumping mat are all in good condition. Regular cleaning and proper storage will also go a long way in extending the life of your trampoline.