Is a trampoline mat important? Keep in mind that it’s the only part of the unit that’s in direct contact with a jumper. This highlights the importance of keeping the trampoline in working order and clean.
One important step to take is to inspect the trampoline from time to time. This will help to determine if there are any repairs needed, for example. It’s recommended that trampoline owners check the mat at least once per week for tears and other damage. Cleaning the trampoline mat properly is also important to make sure that it’s as safe and functional as possible.
When checking the trampoline you should check for any major scratches, cuts, holes, and stitching.
Besides the weekly checks, it’s also important to stop using the trampoline if you see any significant damage to the trampoline. Make sure that it’s fixed before the unit is used again.
To get the trampoline fixed you have a few options including hiring a professional, making it a DIY project, or buying a new trampoline in the case that there’s major damage to the trampoline.
Keeping the Mat Clean and Functional
Many things can cause a trampoline to get dirty. They include sunlight, dust, dirt, various debris, and messy hands/feet. All of these things can cause the trampoline mat to get dirty. If you’re new to the world of trampolines then you might not know what steps to take in this case, and which chemicals you should avoid. The good news is that you can follow some basic steps to get your trampoline as clean as possible.
Before you get started you’ll need the following materials:
- Scrubbing brushes
- Towels (clean)
- Water (warm/soapy)
After gathering all the materials, you should follow these basic steps to get the trampoline as clean as a whistle:
1. Steep the Mat Well
You can use the broom in order to remove any loose dirt/debris that’s on the mat. This might seem like an unnecessary step but it’s actually one of the most important steps.
What’s the reason?
By removing the loose dirt on the surface of the trampoline you’ll be able to clean the trampoline faster and easier. It doesn’t take long to sweep the mat but it’s certainly one of the most important steps.
2. Rinse the Mat
The next step is to use a garden hose for rinsing the trampoline mat with plain H2O. This will help to prepare the surface of the unit for cleaning. It’s important to make sure to rinse the mat thoroughly so it will be prepared for the cleaning process.
3. Prep Cleaning Buckets
The next step is to fill up all your cleaning buckets with water. Make sure that it’s warm and soapy water so it will have the best result on the trampoline’s dirt. Before you start scrubbing make sure that the buckets are full of lukewarm soapy water. This will produce the best results.
4. Scrub Up the Mat
The next step is to start scrubbing the map. Make sure to use a soft bristle brush. This will help to get the trampoline mat’s surface as clean as possible without risking the mesh getting scratched or damaged.
It’s important to scrub around the entire circumference of the mat. This will help to make sure that you clean 100% of the mat’s surface. The is one of the most time-consuming parts of the process but also one of the most important ones as it will remove the bulk of the dirt and grime on the trampoline mat.
5. Rinse Thoroughly
After you’ve scrubbed the trampoline, the next step is to use the garden hose for rinsing the surface with plain water. Make sure that you’ve removed 100% of the soap from the mat. This is important as it will help to prevent the surface from getting slippery.
6. Dry with Towels
Next, use the clean towels in order to dry the trampoline mat. It’s important that the surface dries outdoors in the sun prior to using the trampoline again. The reason is that it will help to make sure that 100% of the water is dry. That will prevent people from slipping/falling while using it.
How NOT to Clean the Mat
When cleaning a trampoline it’s just as important to know what not to do, as knowing what steps you shouldn’t take. Here are some mistakes to avoid:
1. Don’t Clean the Mat with Chemicals
There are various reasons for using chemicals on the trampoline’s surface. For example, they can damage/degrade the mat’s material. Not only that but it can make the mat less resistant to ultraviolet rays and harsh weather.
2. Avoiding Cleaning Because the Mat Looks Clean
It’s important to clean your trampoline mat periodically even if it looks clean. The reason is that there could be some dirt and grime that’s not visible to the human eye. You might just need to hose down the surface a few times every year, but what’s most important is that you clean the trampoline from time to time. It will help to improve the form and function of the trampoline, which is certainly important.
How often should clean the trampoline surface? It depends on how frequently you use it. If you use the trampoline daily then you should probably clean it every few weeks or once per month. However, every two months or so you should definitely scrub down the surface to remove any dirt embedded in the mat’s material.
Keeping the Mat Clean Between Cleanings
You can take some basic steps to keep your trampoline as clean as possible between cleanings:
- Store the mat when you’re not using it. You could store it in the trampoline’s original packaging.
- Keep the bad covered using a weather cover
This will prevent the unit from drying out. Even mats that have UV resistance can dry out after time passes. That can result from holes and safety issues. It also keeps animal droppings off the trampoline mat.
- Clean the mat on a regular basis
You can find products that prevent fading and wearing. However, make sure that the products are safe for trampolines.