When a blast of cold wind hits, you know it's time to organize your outdoor play setup. And a backyard trampoline comes first on the list, to keep it bouncy and easy to use come spring. It needs to be cared for all through the winter to keep it in tip-top shape.
And we've put together these essential trampoline care tasks to protect it from bad weather. Check them out before the weather gets colder!
How to protect trampoline in winter
Checking the trampoline condition
Regularly checking the condition of the trampoline's components will make the subsequent maintenance process much easier. Timely detection of breakages will also enable you to repair or replace them as soon as possible. This is because these cracks or weaknesses can compromise the stability and safety of the trampoline.
- First, check the trampoline safety net for holes. The foam shaft that wraps the frame has no broken areas.
- After that, check the trampoline mat for holes and badly worn areas. Are there any gaps where it meets the foam pad, and is the foam pad intact?
- Finally, check the overall frame. Look for any bends or cracks in the steel tubing above and any loose screws or rust at the bottom of the frame.
- The springs are in the same condition as the frame, so if they are rusted or broken, contact the manufacturer for replacement.
It is also important to keep your trampoline clean to preserve it better.
- The first step is to remove leaves and debris from the trampoline mat. Then use a hose or towel to clean and wipe it down. The underside of the mat also needs to be cleaned.
- In the second step, wipe down the frame and wait for the trampoline to dry completely.
Covering the trampoline
If you don't want to run out of extra storage space or don't want to disassemble your trampoline, a trampoline cover will save you a lot of trouble. Snow, ice, and wind-blown rain can wreak havoc on exposed frames and mats. The trampoline cover material should preferably be waterproof to avoid the effects of weather on it.
You should also choose the size of the trampoline cover that corresponds to the trampoline. This will securely wrap the entire bouncing surface. A properly installed cover helps prevent rust, warping, and damage to the mat connection.
How to store trampoline in winter
If you are in an area that gets heavy snow in the winter, then we recommend disassembling the trampoline and storing it. Heavy snow will most likely crush the trampoline as well as cause damage to the frame.
- Clean the trampoline before dismantling it and wait until it is completely dry.
- Then remove the safety net from the frame and separate the mat from the springs.
- Stow all the springs and remove the top steel tube along with the bottom frame. After that store the trampoline in a dry place.
- Of course, if the weather is mild in your location, you can leave the metal frame in place. Just store the trampoline mat, safety net, and other accessories. In this case please use wind stakes to secure the trampoline from windy weather.
Other trampoline winter maintenance tips
It is also important to regularly check and tighten all the bolts and screws on your trampoline. Cold weather can cause these to loosen, which can compromise the stability of the trampoline. You can also use rust inhibitor sprays to reinforce weak spots or seal loose bolts and nuts.
If there is a buildup of snow on the trampoline cover, it needs to be removed. Use a broom or other softer cleaning tool to avoid scratching the trampoline mat.
Do not jump on a trampoline with ice or snow, this will result in slipping and falling as well as damage to the trampoline mat.
Decide how to maintain your trampoline based on local weather conditions and storage space. By taking just a few hours to complete the essential maintenance tasks listed above, your trampoline will be safe and damage-free through the winter. When the warmer days of spring return, your trampoline will be ready to bounce!
Zupapa provides you with an excellent after-sales service, so please feel free to contact us if you have any extra questions about trampoline care.