Between the sun, dirt, debris, and messy hands and feet, trampoline mats get dirty. If this is your first trampoline, you may not know how to clean your mat, or which cleaning chemicals are off limits. We’ll show you exactly how to clean your mat and offer a few other tips on how to keep your pad in tip top shape all summer long.
How to Clean a Trampoline Mat
Cleaning a trampoline mat is not as complicated as you might think. Before you get started, gather all the supplies you’ll need.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- A bucket.
- Warm soapy water.
- Scrubbing brushes.
- Clean towels.
1. Sweep the mat
Use the broom to sweep off any loose dirt and debris on the mat. It may be tempting to skip this step, but don’t. Getting rid of loose dirt will make the cleaning job so much easier and quicker.
2. Rinse the mat with plain water
Using a garden hose, rinse the mat with plain water to prepare it for cleaning.
3. Prepare your cleaning buckets
Fill up your cleaning buckets with warm water and soap. Make sure the water is sudsy before you start scrubbing.
4. Scrub the mat
Using a soft bristle brush, scrub the mat using the warm, soapy water. Work your way all around the mat, ensuring you get every last nook and cranny. A soft bristle brush will provide a gentle, effective cleaning without scratching or tearing the mat.
Once you’ve thoroughly scrubbed the mat, use the hose to rinse it with plain water. Keep rinsing until you’ve washed away all of the soap.
Take the clean towels and dry the mat. Let the mat continue drying in the sun for a few hours before using the trampoline again. Even a small amount of water on the mat can cause slips and falls, or injuries.
What Not to Do When Cleaning Your Mat
Now that you know how to properly clean your trampoline mat, let’s go over a few things you shouldn’t do.
For starters, you should avoid using any chemicals to clean the mat. Doing so may damage or degrade the material. Certain chemicals can interfere with the mat’s UV-resistance or ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Soap and water should be all you need to keep your trampoline clean. In fact, most just need a good spray down a few times a year to stay in good shape.
Keeping Your Trampoline Mat in Tip Top Shape
You’ve invested a lot in your trampoline, so you want to keep it in tip top shape. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your trampoline pad covered with a weather cover to prevent it from drying out. Even mats with UV-resistance can dry out over time because of extreme sun exposure. Once the fabric dries out, holes can form and become a hazard to jumpers. A cover also keeps animal droppings, debris and dirt off the mat.
- Store the mat away when it’s not in use. You can store it in its original packaging indoors, or wrapped up and anchored outdoors.
- Clean the mat regularly. You can condition your mat with special products that prevent fading and degradation. Just make sure that these products are safe for use on trampolines.
How often should you clean your trampoline mat? That depends on how often you use it. If your trampoline gets used every day, you may need to clean your mat once a month or every two weeks. Even if you use your trampoline intermittently, it’s still a good idea to give your mat a good scrubbing and washing once every two months.