Your trampoline is a much-loved, fun, beneficial addition to your household, family and fitness. With its bouncy capabilities, stress relief, body benefits and social opportunities, it adds a little spring to your step and keeps life light. But keeping a trampoline for good times in your backyard takes a little more than just setting it up and leaving it standing all year, unattended until you decide to jump on again. Like any object or investment, trampolines need a little love and extra care to keep them in optimum shape.
How can you maintain your trampoline? When should you leave it up, and what are some factors to look out for? We’ll help you stay up-to-date on sustaining that springiness, surviving the seasons and assessing risks. Check out all our tips on trampoline care below.
The Importance of Trampoline Care & Maintenance
With work, a household to care for and a family to keep happy, life can get awfully busy sometimes. In the midst of everything else you’ve got going on, why should you take the time to spend extra energy on your trampoline? Because it’s worth it! Trampolines provide fun, fitness and quality time for your family, and keeping them in good shape keeps you and your family in good shape, as well. Here’s why you should maintain trampolines:
They’re a Good Investment
Think about how much you might spend to entertain your family on a regular basis. All those movies, amusement parks, museums, events and activities can add up, and you have to pay again every time you attend. But a trampoline is an affordable one-time investment that can last for years of family fun if you care for it properly.
They Keep Kids Active
It can be harder and harder to convince your kids to get outside and get moving — with all the games, gadgets and virtual possibilities of the modern world, they might rather be glued to a screen all day. Kids need regular exercise for at least one hour daily, but 74 percent of children aged five to 10 don’t get enough physical activity, and it only worsens as they get older — 90 percent of teenagers don’t get enough exercise to stay healthy.
Trampolines take away the “work” factor of exercise and keep kids moving in a fun way that will keep them coming back. The act of bouncing, or rebounding, is healthy for metabolism speed, heart health, bone strength, the immune system and the brain.
And think of all the creative mental and social opportunities trampolines offer your kids! They can invent games as they bounce, invite neighborhood friends over to jump together, enjoy the trampoline during parties or outdoor gatherings and even use it as a setting for other kinds of fun, like movie nights and sleepovers.
Maintenance Is Cost-Effective
The biggest cost you’ll ever experience in caring for your trampoline is actually buying it. Purchasing a cover, keeping the jumping surface clean and replacing worn parts are small costs that are worth your time and will never break the bank.
Sustaining Your Trampoline Keeps Your Kids Safe
Why do some trampolines break? Lack of care, of course. A trampoline from SkyBound USA is made with safe, strong, high-quality materials that can last for years if properly maintained. The only way a trampoline can be a risk to your kids’ safety is if you don’t perform some easy, regular tasks and checks to make sure everything is in good shape. Maintaining your trampoline lets your kids enjoy simple fun in a safe environment.
How to Care for a Trampoline in the Winter
When winter brings snow and bitter chills, you bundle your kids in coats, scarves and sweaters and wait for warmer weather as you sip hot chocolate and snuggle up inside. But wait — what about your trampoline? Before you hang your stockings and settle in for the first snow, you should know how to keep your bouncy surface strong through the season. Here are some common concerns about caring for your trampoline in the winter and how to address them:
Should You Leave Your Trampoline up During the Winter?
Are you wondering how to store a trampoline for winter? If you feel more secure storing your trampoline inside to wait out the frosty weather, you can disassemble the jumping net, soft frame pads, safety net and springs and put them away in a dry place while you leave the metal frame and poles in the yard. If you don’t have the storage space or would rather avoid the hassle, however, you can choose to leave your trampoline up all winter. Just make sure you take the appropriate steps for winterizing and caring for it in the cold.
If winter is especially windy in your area, it’s important to secure the trampoline with anchors to avoid the damage and destruction that can come from an airborne trampoline.
Should You Cover Your Trampoline in the Winter?
If you’re opting to let your trampoline stand through the chillier months but don’t plan to use it, you might want to winterize it by removing the jumping mat and netting to avoid moisture buildup. A cover isn’t necessarily a good idea in the winter if you see heavy snow, however, because it collects snow and moisture buildup that can lead to sagging, mold or frame damage.
How Do You Remove Snow From Your Trampoline?
You should care for the trampoline you leave outside in the winter by making sure to remove any snow buildup. Use a soft-bristle brush or broom to gently push snow off frames, and if you’re keeping your jumping mat up, clear off snow by pulling it from the center of the mat toward you and off the edge. Soft bristles won’t hurt your trampoline, but make sure to never use shovels, hard bristles or other objects that might damage your mat.
Is It Safe to Jump in the Winter?
Believe it or not, you can still use your trampoline in the winter and make the most of bouncy winter fun. SkyBound USA trampolines are durable and all-weather resistant, so keep enjoying the thrill of jumping with the added excitement of watching your cloudy puffs of breath fill the air. Like all other times of year, be aware of safety conditions when you jump — make sure the trampoline is anchored down well and double-check that the springs, mat and frame are in good shape. Enjoy!
Spring Trampoline Maintenance Tips
After the chill of winter has finally passed, it’s time to get some spring cleaning done — and don’t forget to add trampoline care to the list. Here’s what to do when breaking out the bouncy structure again or making sure it weathered the winter:
How to Assess Winter Damage
After all that cold, wind and freezing moisture, you’ll want to double-check your trampoline for signs of wear, tear and aging before you spring into a warmer season. Look at the poles and frame to see if any parts are worn or rusted, make sure the springs are still coiled tightly and keep an eye out for any bending or damage to the supporting structure. You should also check for any rips, holes, tears or fraying in the jumping mat, enclosure net and frame pad.
How to Reassemble Your Trampoline
If you chose to store your trampoline inside rather than bounce the cold months away, it’s time to bring it back out of hiding. Carefully pull your jumping mat, safety net, soft frame pads and springs out of storage and bring them outside to where your frame and poles should still be standing. Unfold the mat and net, making sure there are no rips or damage, and reattach the springs to the mat and frame. When your jumping mat is secure again, attach the pads and net. Consult your manual if you need extra assistance.
How to Ensure Safety Before the First Use of the Year
Whether you’ve left your trampoline outside in the winter weather or stored it away for the season, make sure it’s safe before diving into spring jumping. Check the safety, security and stability of the trampoline by assessing any damage, replacing worn parts and thoroughly ensuring everything is still properly attached.
How Spring Weather Affects Your Trampoline
Spring is a wet time characterized by back-and-forth periods of warm and cold temperatures. Your SkyBound USA trampoline is all-weather resistant, so it can withstand the rain — but make sure to always remove debris and keep the trampoline in a clear area to avoid moisture buildup and mildew. If you keep a cover, don’t let rainwater sit on it and sag. The extra pressure could cause damage to your springs and frame.
Summer Trampoline Maintenance Tips
Hot weather and summer vacation are back again, so your kids will have even more time to enjoy exercise, family fun and time with friends through regular bouncing. Make sure you’re equipped to keep your trampoline in prime shape for all the feet that will frequent it this summer. Here’s what you need to know:
What Should You Check for in the Summer?
Summer is moody — it can be boiling and dry, moist and balmy or bring violent rainstorms. To make sure your trampoline is weathering the elements well, check regularly for any fallen debris or moisture buildup. After a thunderstorm, wipe away the water on the mat with a dry cloth to avoid discoloration and material weakening that can occur when moisture dries up in the sun. Make sure to remove any leaves, branches or sticks from the surface so they don’t damage the jumping pad and net or get caught in the springs.
Can the Heat Damage Your Jump Pad and Frame?
Constant heat and sun exposure can take its toll on your trampoline through UV damage and drying out. To protect it from too much heat, you might want to move the trampoline into an area where it’s protected by shade from your house or a tree — just don’t place it too closely under any branches. You can also think about adding a shade cover to protect the kids and the trampoline from excessive sun.
Is It Safe to Get the Trampoline Wet?
Your trampoline is all-weather resistant, and you should clean it and spray it down sometimes — so exposing it to water is safe. Just make sure to wipe it down afterward and tip out any water buildup in the soft frame pads to avoid mold. You should also always make sure your trampoline is dry before you jump — slippery surfaces can cause accidents.
Should You Cover the Trampoline?
Covering your trampoline when you’re not using it can help shield it from sun, debris and UV damage, but always be sure to remove water and objects that collect on your cover, because too much weight can cause strain and sagging to the frame and jump pad. You might also want to invest in a cover with anchorage to keep your trampoline grounded against those blustery summer storms.
How to Maintain Your Trampoline Year-Round
You know how to prepare your trampoline to withstand the weather of winter, spring and summer, but make sure you check the condition more often than seasonally. Keeping an eye on your trampoline all year will ensure it’s safe, secure, sturdy and long-lasting. Here’s how to maintain great trampoline care year-round:
What to Check Regularly
Like a car or an appliance, regularly checking your trampoline keeps it in good shape and helps you detect problems before they’re dangerous. You should be familiar with your trampoline model and all its parts so you’re able to regularly assess their conditions. In general, you should frequently keep an eye on the jumping mat — is it strong and attached properly? Is there wear and tear? Look at your springs to make sure they’re tightly coiled, make sure the frame and welds are sturdy and check for rust damage.
How to Detect a Problem Before It Happens
If you’re constantly up-to-date on the condition of your trampoline’s parts, you can avoid danger or maintenance problems more easily. If the jumping mat or net show any signs of fraying, ripping, sagging, tension issues, holes or tears, replace or repair them before you use them again. If springs are stretched or the frames are bent or rusted, don’t let your kids jump. Whenever your parts aren’t in top condition, switch them out for new ones. It’s inexpensive, easy and keeps everyone safe.
Bounce Best With SkyBound USA
It’s excellent to be aware of how to care for your trampoline, and maintenance is always necessary. If you want a trampoline that’s safe, sturdy, durable and simple to sustain, SkyBound USA has the perfect products to make ownership both easy and enjoyable. Since 2014, we’ve been dedicated to bringing out the inner child in everyone by providing stress-free, safe family fun.
We manufacture our high-performance, premium trampolines with materials of the best quality. Available in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs, our trampolines are all-weather resistant, safe for every season and require minimum maintenance. Bounce your way to a brilliant investment that will last for years and provide endless laughter, fitness and fun. Browse our selection and pick your perfect trampoline today.