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Should you get a trampoline? 5 tips

Should you get a trampoline? 5 tips to help you decide, because chances are your children have been asking for one for a while now and you’ve been wondering many things about in-ground trampolines. Here are some tips to help you decide whether an in-ground trampoline is right for your family.

Should you get a trampoline? 5 tips

  • Will it really get used? You know you’ve purchased toys or other outdoor items that just sit there, in the driveway or in the garage gathering dust. If you get an in-ground trampoline, though you can almsot rest assured that your childrne and their friends and even you will use it regularly. Why? Because it’s fun and it’s great exercise!
  • Does the shape matter? There are circular and rectangular trampolines, but how do you know which shape is best? It’s both personal preference and the “power” you’re seeking. Round trampolines are most popular with in-ground trampoline owners. Rectangle trampolines are typically used by more experienced gymnasts and have a higher “jump” than do circular ones.
  •  How much yard space will you have to devote to the trampoline? Again, this is a personal preference. You can invest in a smaller in-ground trampoline so you will still have ample yard space available and you can also landscape around the trampoline so it adds to the aesthetics of your yard space. 
  • Place the in-ground trampoline away from trees and other overhanging items that could lead to injury. Find a site in your yard that is fairly level, and free from overhanging items that could lead to injury. 
  • When you’re shopping for your in-ground trampoline, make certain you are working with a supplier that has experience with the devices and with whom you feel comfortable. You will want to find a supplier that is available for questions and can walk you through installation and set up once you’ve taken delivery of your family’s in-ground trampoline. 

 Chances are, once you have your in-ground trampoline set up, it will see more activity than you may have even imagined! Have fun and enjoy your family time! 

How To Clean An In-Ground Trampoline

Because your in-ground trampoline is out of doors you may not even think about having to clean it. If you’re wondering how to clean in in-ground trampoline and when, we offer some tips to help you with the process. Even though the trampoline is outside, it is exposed to the elements — rain, wind, dirt and debris — and that means you will want to set aside time occasionally to clean it.

A monthly or at least every monthly cleaning is in order to keep the surface clean of any small twigs or other outdoor elements. If sticks or twigs, pinecones or other outside detritus get on the mat and snag it, you could be faced with a mat that isn’t as reliable as it was before it got snagged and that could make it unsafe for use.

How To Clean An In-Ground Trampoline

  1. Clean the mat itself — the surface of the in-ground trampline. Remove any debris, being careful not to snag the mat. Make sure there are no toys or toy parts on the trampoline. Remove them and set them aside — these should be toys that are specifically approved for use on an in-ground trampoline — no toys that could cause injury.
  2.  Grab a soft bristle broom and sweep away any surface dirt off the side of the trampoline. Make sure none of the dirt or debris falls into the springs or protective pad covering. 
  3. Visually inspect the mat once it’s clean. Look for rips, holes and snags. If you notice damage, the trampoline may need to be repaired before it is safe for use again. Even a small hole can easily become larger when children jump on it. 
  4. Clean the mat with a bucket of warm, soapy water. Use a mild detergent such as a liquid dish soap. If you’re going to disinfect it, make sure you aren’t using anythning with harsh solvents or bleach. Ask us for the best type of soap to use on the mat because if it’s too harsh you can dmage the fibers of the mat and discolor it. 
  5. Always clean the mat when it’s wet. A trampoline that is exposed to the hot sun will be parched and dry and that could easily lead to damage. Once it’s wet you can scrub it with a soft bristle brush or a wet rag in a gentle manner. Use low water pressure to saturate the mat — do not use a pressure washer. When water drips through the mat, it is wet enough to clean. 
  6. Suds up the mat and clean it.
  7. Rinse until the water runs clear. 
  8. Declare the mat off limits until it’s completely dry. The in-ground trampoline will be slippery and unsafe for use. Clean the mat on a sunny day so it will dry quickly and everyone will be able to use it again. 
  9. After the mat is dry, inspect it again before the children get back on it. 

If you’ve been looking for a way to amp up the fun in your backyard, consider installing an in-ground trampoline. 

 

     

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