Keeping your trampoline in the best condition will ensure its long life and maintain its performance. This section provides you with some of the helpful information that we have gathered over the years from selling trampolines.
- When your trampoline is not going to be used for a long period it is best stored out of the weather if possible.
- If stored on its side (rectangle only), please ensure the trampoline is secure and cannot fall or be pulled down onto small children.
- Your trampoline mat always has a use, when it has served its time on the trampoline, don’t throw it away. It makes excellent weed matting in the garden, under your chip bark, etc.
- If it’s not too hard to handle, your trampoline can be turned on its side (rectangle only) secured and used as a giant chalkboard.
- With ply-board(s) placed on top, your trampoline becomes an excellent table for parties, BBQ’s etc. (providing the kids don’t mind of course).
- Spring/frame pads not only help prevent injury but serve as a visual witness to identify the boundaries when bouncing. Usually, they are a bright definitive contrasting colour to the black mat and the surrounding ground colour.
- When you mow the lawn, rather than moving the trampoline sideways, tip it on its side. This will allow the water that builds up in the leg bases (from condensation & seepage) to drain out through the sleeve joints.
- Periodically remove the legs (sometimes called spreader bars) and check for signs of rust. If it’s rust-free, spray with a rust inhibitor and replace legs.
- If rust has set in, replace with a new leg.
- The trampoline frame is designed to slightly flex when the trampoline is being used. Do not allow anyone to sit on either the edges or in the corners of the trampoline. Apart from the safety aspect, the extra weight will impact on the trampolines performance and will invariably cause the frame to bend. This will place additional pressure on the weld points, which may cause the welds to fracture.
- If the frame does not appear to be returning to its normal shape ie. bowing too far inward, you may be exceeding the weight limit for your trampoline. Over-stretched springs may also be evident in this case.
- Remove the legs (one at a time) and drain any water that has accumulated. Whilst the leg is off, check for signs of rust. Action as above for rectangle trampolines.
Polypropylene Mesh Type (Black)
- The material used has an average lifespan of 4 – 8 years.
- Never use detergents, soaps or other solvents to clean the mat surface because this will impact on the durability and life of your mat.
- Clean only with cold water. (Usually, the rain does it for you).
- The thread used on our rectangle mats (which is the strongest available for this application) has a lifespan of approximately 7 years. The sun’s UV rays will eventually break down the thread (it looks like the stitching is unravelling). When this is evident, remove the mat and have it restitched.
- On average you may expect a few restitches during the life of the mat, providing it has not been subjected to abnormal use or abuse.
- If you notice your hands, feet or clothing getting dirty ie black marks from your trampoline mat this is an indication that your mat is approaching its use by date. This is normal because carbon is used in the manufacturing process and as the mat wears over the years the carbon eventually wears through.
Two String Mats
- These mats are usually used in a professional environment and are considerably more expensive than the black poly mesh mat.
- They are only available in the larger competition-size trampolines.
- These mats require more maintenance. They need to be repainted: At least every 12 months for water-based acrylic mats (available from your local paint retailer), or every 3 years for the rubber-based painted mats (contact us). Paint the mat ON the trampoline using a foam paint roller and go around the edges/wires with a paintbrush.
- As the UV rays affect the top side more than the underneath side of the mat, you may get away with painting the underneath side about every second year.
- Although these mats give a better response in that they have less resistance when moving through the air, they are harsher against the skin and not so forgiving as the black poly mesh mats.
- Should a string break, it is more difficult to repair than restitching the black poly mats.
- Apply rust inhibitor occasionally.
- If some springs are slightly over-stretched, relocate/swap with a spring from a less active area of the trampoline eg. near the corners (obviously this is not possible on round trampolines).
- If springs are more than slightly over-stretched, replace them with new springs.
- If springs are constantly being over-stretched, you may be exceeding the weight limit for your trampoline.