How to Clean A Trampoline, The Bottom Line

Funnily enough, this is actually more a matter of ‘how not to clean a trampoline’. There are plenty of safe and effective ways to clean your trampoline the right way:

But doing it the wrong way can really set you back.

In this post I’ll quickly take you through some of the basic Dos and Don’ts of trampoline maintenance. Don’t worry. It isn’t rocket science.

Most of the following abides by common sense–in fact, it’s when you start to get too fancy that you might end up doing more harm than good!

The Bottom Line

Cleaning your trampoline is a necessary chore, but you don’t need to do it all the time.

Sticking by a ‘clean when dirty’ motto is your best bet; you’re not going to do yourself any favors by overdoing it. In fact, you’ll just be wearing down the fibers faster than their natural rate of deterioration, which ends up costing you in the long-run.

Three main points to keep an eye out for:

  1. Avoid chemical agents where possible;
  2. Invest in a trampoline cover; and
  3. Don’t overdo it.

That’s your quick summary, for the details and some useful tips for extending your trampoline lifespan: keep reading.

Here is a video titled “how to clean a trampoline” that I found on youtube, but its actually a great example how NOT TO CLEAN your trampoline!

The Basics: How to clean a trampoline

The simplest way is to run through it step by step.

Sweep, sweep, sweep

This is why it’s useful to do the play-by-play. People often overlook this point when they could save themselves a lot of trouble.

Let me give you an example: bird droppings.

Depending on the climate and your location, many bird droppings can be pretty easily swept off of your trampoline mat without any water.

When they harden in the sun, it’s as simple as flicking them off and never looking back— when people go straight to the rag and bucket stage, they only end up softening the mess and making life harder than it needs to be!

Give you trampoline mat, frame and springs a good sweep before moving on to the soap and water.

Give your trampoline a rinse

Start off by giving your trampoline frame, mat and springs a quick rinse with your garden hose. Nothing fancy here, just spray it down and let the water pressure do its magic.

Soapy water scrub

If you’re giving your trampoline its bi-yearly scrub, then this stage will be important. Fill up some cleaning buckets with warm water and add some simple soap to the mix.

Avoid any serious chemical agents in this stage. Even detergents or cleaning sprays are not worth the risk–the chemicals can react poorly with the UV-resistant fibers on your trampoline mat and frame.

Just stick with some good old soapy water and a decent scrubber with hard bristles.

Rinse again

After your scrub session, rinse off the released residue with your garden hose once again.

Dry off

Take some towels or rags and dry your trampoline after the rinse. It’s mostly important to dry off your springs and frame with the towels–if the weather is cold or damp outside, then you don’t really want that extra water hanging around the metallic frame.

You can give the trampoline mat a quick dry with your towels or rags, but it isn’t so important.

On a sunny day, your trampoline will be dry and ready to bounce within a couple of hours.

Tips for trampoline longevity

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Cleaning your trampoline shouldn’t take you a long time, and it can be worth the effort.

When you buy a new trampoline, you’re hopefully making a decade-long investment. Since they spend so much time outside, trampolines that aren’t used for a few months are often neglected and soon begin to deteriorate at a rapid pace.

Weather protective cover

Even if you use your trampoline regularly, it might be worth finding a decent trampoline cover.

For harsh summers this can be particularly important.

You may have noticed that most trampoline mats are black. If you’re ever worn a black t-shirt on a bright summer’s day, you’ll know where I’m going with this. And while trampoline mat fibres are usually protected by UV-resistant properties, they still soak up sunlight like nothing else.

Long and relentless summers will inevitably wear away at your trampoline mat, but a protective cover is all you need to double your trampoline lifetime.

How to clean green off your trampoline net

Cleaning your trampoline net is another important point. Once that green sets in, it can grow and spread at an alarming pace. If it has already spread, the first thing you’ll want to do is remove the net from your trampoline for cleaning. This may sound like a hassle, but believe me:

It’ll be a whole lot easier to clean, and you’re far less likely to miss a spot.

Again, you’re going to stick with just plain old soapy water and brush. After you’ve brushed the net clean, rinse it over with your hose and be sure to let it dry completely before re-attaching it to the trampoline.

How to clean bird poop off trampoline mats

If you didn’t read my step-by-step, go ahead and read it now. When people skip the first step, they cause more harm than good. Bird droppings are a common mess for trampoline mats, but most of the time they can be swept clean without water or any cleaning agents.

How do I get the black residue off my trampoline?

First thing’s first: black residue is completely normal to see on your trampoline mat. It doesn’t mean that your trampoline is fading away, or that it must be poor quality–it’s just a natural part of the trampoline wear and tear. That being said, it can be a real pain, particularly when it dirties your kids clothes.

When you go through the full steps to clean your trampoline, this will also take care of removing the black residue for you. Rinse, scrub, rinse and dry is the secret: no chemicals, no cleaning agents required.

The Takeaway

If you’ve already let your trampoline build up some dirt and other gunk, it isn’t too late. Cleaning your trampoline can be a bit like tidying up your room–once you let it go for awhile, it only gets harder to stop the snowball effect. The key thing to take away from this post is that maintaining your trampoline cleanliness can save you in the long-run.

Dirty trampolines breakdown quicker than clean ones, they build rust and tear more easily, and they are less appealing to bounce on. We’ve already mentioned bird droppings in this post; I don’t need to tell you what kind of bacteria lies in those, so it isn’t the first thing you want your children bouncing around with!

You don’t need to clean your trampoline on a weekly basis–probably not evenly fortnightly. If you notice that the mat is looking a bit gunky, or that the springs have collected a bit of dirt over the summer, just follow the steps above to boost your trampoline lifespan and appeal.

Lastly, here are some great images depicting the trampoline cleaning process. If you still haven’t decided on what trampoline to get, feel free to read my trampoline guide.

Here are a few more trampoline guides you might find interesting:

How to measure a trampoline

How much does a trampoline cost

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