Trampolines should last anywhere between 3 to 8 years.
During that time, you will probably find an instance or two where you need to clean your trampoline.
So how do you clean a trampoline? You sweep the trampoline, soak it down with water, scrub with a water solution, soak it down with water again, then dry it.
Read on to find out products you can purchase to help with cleaning your trampoline.
Why clean your trampoline
Trampolines are pretty durable products.
They can typically be out in the sun, rain, wind, and snow and you can still use it with little or no maintenance (though it is a better idea to maintain it regularly).
But there are a few reasons you might want to clean your trampoline.
One of the biggest issues you may run into is the trampoline mat having too much dirt on it.
Since the trampoline is always outside and because people don’t always take their shoes off while jumping, you could run into quite a bit of dirt on your trampoline.
And that dirt makes the trampoline more slippery.
And if the trampoline is slippery, then you run the risk of someone getting hurt.
Cleaning the trampoline should help you get the dirt off of the trampoline and make a safer environment for your family and friends.
The first thing you want to do is sweep down the trampoline.
This will get any mud, leaves, or debris off of the trampoline.
If your trampoline has a net around it, you may want to momentarily take off the net or roll it up to make it easier to sweep the trampoline.
Once you have removed the net, start in the middle of the trampoline and use a soft-bristle broom to sweep towards the outside of the trampoline mat.
Continue to do this for the whole trampoline until you’ve gotten all of the debris off the trampoline.
Next, you will want to soak down your trampoline.
Soaking the trampoline will get it ready for the scrubbing you are going to do.
Just like how you soak down your car before you apply soap to it.
This allows the soap to fully penetrate the trampoline mat.
Get your hose and hook it up to the faucet.
If you have a nozzle on the end of your hose, make sure to put it on the most gentle setting.
You don’t want to damage your trampoline from too high water pressure.
Also, make sure you are not using a pressure washer, as that will be too rough on the trampoline mat.
Keep on spraying the trampoline mat until it is completely soaked.
You will next want to scrub down the wet trampoline.
The scrubbing part is the part that will get rid of most, if not all, of the dirt and mud off of the trampoline.
So make sure to be very thorough in this part.
You will want to get a gallon bucket of water.
Add to that bucket of water two tablespoons of liquid dish washing soap.
Do not use any cleaners with bleach.
The mildest cleaners are often the best for cleaning off a trampoline mat.
Use your hand or a spoon to mix the soap in with the water.
Continue mixing until the solution begins to lather.
Than you are ready to scrub the trampoline.
Make sure you have a scrub brush handy and that you are dressed in a way that you don’t mind if you get a little wet because you will be getting wet.
Do not use anything dealing with a pumice on this part of the scrubbing.
Pumice will hurt the trampoline mat and you don’t want to replace the mat, hence why you are cleaning it in the first place.
Soak the scrub brush in the water solution and then get onto the trampoline and start scrubbing.
Continue scrubbing in a sweeping motion and move around the trampoline.
Scrub the same area until the water coming out of the trampoline comes out clean in that area and then move to the next area.
Continue until you have scrubed the whole trampoline.
This is going to be exhausting, so if you need to take a break, feel free to do so, but make sure no one tries to jump on the trampoline while there is still soap on it.
Wet trampolines by themselves are slippery enough, but a trampoline that is wet and has soap on it is going to be very slippery.
Now that you have the trampoline all scrubbed down, you will want to soak it down again.
Soaking the trampoline this time should get all of the soap out of the mat.
Take your hose that you used previously and again soak down the trampoline.
And again, use the gentlest setting on your hose so you don’t ruin the trampoline mat.
Continue soaking the trampoline until you see no more bubbles coming up from where you are spraying.
Dry the mat
There are two ways to dry the mat.
The first is by letting the sun and wind do all the work.
This will take longer but will save you the work of having to go around the trampoline and drying off all of the spots with a towel.
But people won’t be able to jump on the trampoline for some time afterwards.
The second option is to dry the mat with a towel.
Take the towel you will use to dry the trampoline mat and fold it in half.
Get onto the trampoline without shoes and socks on and then start soaking up the water from the trampoline with your towel.
Then you will let the trampoline air dry for a few hours.
You still have to let it air dry, but at least it will not be as long as if you didn’t dry it at all.
Don’t forget to clean the springs
Cleaning the trampoline mat is important, but cleaning the springs can be just as important.
The springs are one of the most vital parts of the trampoline, so they should be checked and cleaned.
A rusty spring can be cleaned and you can get rid of the rust.
After you’ve cleaned the trampoline mat, walk around the trampoline and check all of the springs.
If any of the springs are rusted, take them off and set them aside.
When you’ve checked all the springs and taken off the rusted ones, then you can start cleaning them.
Combine half a cup of salt with the juice from a lemon or a lime.
Stir these together until you get a thick paste.
Apply the thick paste to the springs with a tongue depressor or a popsicle stick.
Leave the paste on the spring for 2 to 3 hours.
Then, using the scrub brush you used to clean off the trampoline mat, scrub the paste off of the spring until all of the paste is off.
Then spray down the spring with water and set it aside while you are spraying down the rest of the springs.
Once all springs have been sprayed down, they should hand dried with a towel.
You can then apply petroleum jelly or WD40 to the springs.
This should help them avoid rusting in the near future.
If you cannot get the rust off of the springs with the above, throw them away and replace them on the trampoline.
Eventually your trampoline mat is going to need to be cleaned.
Years and years of use will cause dirt and mud build up.
Make sure to soak your trampoline, scrub it down with water and soap, soak it again and dry it off with a towel.
Also make sure to check your springs and clean them if necessary.