Trampoline Maintenance and Care
Wednesday, 26th February 2014
How to take care of your trampoline
Trampolines continually grow as one of the most popular outdoor toys year on year thanks to their huge fun factor and health benefits. However it is often the case that trampolines are not maintained properly during use and as a result can get damaged or become unusable further on down the line.
Therefore it is very important to look after your trampoline as this will not only prolong its life but also keep you safe when using your trampoline. Below are some general care & maintenance tips to help you take care of your trampoline including tips on how you should use your trampoline to prevent any damage being done to it. You should always refer to the trampoline manual for specific and more detailed care & maintenance tips that may be unique to your trampoline design.
General Tips & Hints
Regular Care & Maintenance Checks- Possibly one of the best ways to keep your trampoline in good condition is to regularly check your trampoline before you use it. This will not only highlight any areas that need some attention but will also reduce the chances of injuries caused by worn, abused or missing parts on your trampoline. Here are the general things you should look out for when doing maintenance checks on your trampoline:
- Punctures, holes, or tears in the trampoline mat
- Sagging trampoline mat
- Loose stitching or any kind of deterioration of the mat
- Bent or broken frame parts, such as the legs
- Broken, missing, or damaged springs
- Damaged, missing, or insecurely attached frame pad
- Protrusions of any type (especially sharp types) on the frame, springs, or mat
If you find that your trampoline shows any of these signs, or any other problems you feel may cause harm to the user, your trampoline should be disassembled or secured from use until the condition(s) has/have been resolved. Safety should be a priority when on a trampoline and spotting a problem before it can develop is one of the best ways to prevent accidents through trampoline failure. If children are the main users of a trampoline then these checks carry even more importance as safety should always be a key priority.
Never exceed the maximum weight- Trampolines are designed to hold a certain weight and exceeding this weight can damage the trampoline. You should always make note of the maximum user weight and be sure not to exceed it- you should be able to find this information in the manual that accompanies the trampoline or on the manufacturer’s website/brochure. Exceeding this weight will damage the trampoline and increase the changes of parts breaking. Trampolines are often overloaded when more than one user is one the trampoline at one time; this is not only unsafe but can result in damage to your trampoline.
What should you wear when on a trampoline?- Users should be weary of their attire when playing on a trampoline because if incorrect items of clothing are worn then this may damage the trampoline. Users should either wear socks, gymnastic shoes or be barefoot when using the trampoline. Please be aware that shoes should not be worn while using the trampoline. Also, users should remove all sharp objects from their person prior to using the trampoline. Any type of sharp or pointed objects should be kept off the trampoline mat at all times. Taking these precautions should prevent any unwanted tears/damage to the trampoline mat.
Caring for a trampoline in extreme weather- In severe wind situations, trampolines can be blown around to high degree. If you expect windy weather conditions, your trampoline should ideally be moved to a sheltered area or disassembled (see below for tips on how to move your trampoline). If you have a trampoline with an enclosure you have the option to tie the top of the enclosure/safety net of the trampoline to the ground using ropes and stakes. To ensure security, we recommend you should use at least 3 tie downs ensuring the trampoline is secure. Do not just secure the legs of the trampoline to the ground because this could potentially pull the frame out of their sockets depending on the trampoline design. Taking extra precautions when expecting severe weather should help to prolong the life of your trampoline.
Moving a trampoline- If you ever need to move your trampoline, two people should be used during the process. All connector points should be wrapped secured with weather resistant tape, such as duct tape. This will keep the frame intact during the move and prevent the connector points from dislocating and separating. When moving, lift the trampoline slightly off the ground and keep it horizontal to the ground. For any type of other move, you should disassemble the trampoline. Please note that trampoline designs differ widely and you should always consult the trampoline’s manual before moving a trampoline.
This tips and hints make up a general guide to the care and maintenance of your trampoline. You should always consult the specific trampoline manuals & product sheets for the correct care of that trampoline. All of our trampolines are of high quality and if maintained properly will bring years of joy to children and adults alike.