How to Clean a Trampoline

Cleaning a trampoline is something that you may need to do regularly. A trampoline is often a favorite outdoor toy for children and many will be using it regularly. The trampoline will quickly get dirty, however. If the trampoline is not in use and is not stored away during bad weather, it will also get dirty. Puddles of water may form on the mat which can lead to algae. Leaving the trampoline outside during the course of the winter is never a good idea for this and other reasons. During the times of the year when it is not being used, it should ideally be stored away in a dry area. Cleaning a trampoline mat should not take more than an hour, depending on the size of the trampoline.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Dustpan and brush
  • Large, heavy duty sponge
  • Garden hose
  • Soap
  • Bucket
  • Towels or rags

Step 1 – Remove Loose Dirt

Before you can properly scrub down the trampoline mat, sweep away any loose dirt from the surface using a dustpan and brush. It is also a good idea to brush away any loose debris such as dead leaves from the springs beneath the mat as well, as this can stop the trampoline from working properly. While doing this, make sure that all of the springs are still in good condition.

Step 2 – Wash the Surface

Use a garden hose to spray down the surface of the trampoline. Fill a bucket with warm water and soap. A typical house-hold surface cleaning soap should be adequate. Dish washing soap may also be suitable. Use a scrubbing brush or a large, heavy-duty sponge to wipe down the surface. Thoroughly cover the entire surface and make sure that you clean the springs as well.

Step 3 – Rinse the Surface

Spray the entire surface of the trampoline mat with the garden hose to rinse away any soapy water. This will prevent the surface from becoming sticky when the water dries. Make sure that you remove every last trace of soap from the mat.

Step 4 – Rinse and Dry

Using the garden hose, rinse down the springs beneath the trampoline. Dry them once they have been thoroughly rinsed. It is important to make sure that no water remains on the metal surfaces. To dry the surface of the trampoline, you can simply leave it in the sun for a few hours. Ensure that the surface is completely dry before allowing children to use the trampoline again.

Step 5 – Storage

At the end of the season, it is highly advisable that you dismantle the trampoline and stow it away safely. This is also a good opportunity to make sure that none of the springs have worn out. When dismantling the trampoline, remove the mat and the springs and dismantle the frame. Be sure to keep any nuts and bolts in a safe place where you are not going to lose them.