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How to Care for Your Trampoline

The kids have been asking and pleading and whining for a trampoline – and now it’s finally sitting in your backyard. And now that they’re happy and jumping the days away, the next step come: what maintenance and care is required for a trampoline?
Follow these simple suggestions, and you can ensure the trampoline enthusiasts in your life will be bouncing happily well into the future on a safe and well-maintained trampoline.

Research before you buy

Online shopping has led to a lot of cheaper trampolines out on the market, but before you buy make sure the trampoline complies with Australian safety manufacturer’s standards. Any trampoline you buys should meet Australian Standard (AS 4989-2006) to ensure its quality and safety. Also look out for warranty and the option to extend, as this will cover you if you need to get anything replaced.

Location, location, location

Usually when you choose where to set up your trampoline you will consider the best place for jumping, and often this is also the best place for the longevity of your trampoline as well.
You will most likely avoid low hanging branches so you can jump as high as you like without knocking yourself out on a tree branch, but choosing an area with a little shade can also be a good idea for maintaining your trampoline. Not only are you avoiding sunburn, but you can avoid sun bleach and sun damage to your trampoline.
Try to position your trampoline on a soft, level surface like a flat lawn. A diameter of around two metres of lawn around the trampoline is also a good idea for safety reasons. Avoid hard surfaces like concrete or pavements, as these will create pressure on the trampoline frame, which can lead to damage and cracks. An in-ground trampoline is also a good option to help reduce potential injuries and also to provide more options on where you can place your trampoline.

Consider the weather

If your trampoline is not going to be in use for an extended period of time, it’s best to keep it in a dry and safe location. If possible, store your trampoline in a garage or carport during times of inclement weather or when there will be minimal bouncing. However, it’s a fine balance, as moving your trampoline too much may lead to weakening of the frame – try to use good judgement, and move your trampoline with wheels rather than dragging it. Some people prefer to remove the mat and springs during winter months, and leave the trampoline frame in the same spot to avoid creating unnecessary pressure.
If it is very cold and you don’t have a protected indoor storage option for your trampoline, at least remove the safety pads and store them inside. Another option for maintaining the longevity of your trampoline in times of cold is a trampoline cover. These protect the materials from frost and make it easy to keep your trampoline free of leaves and debris. This will also help to avoid cracking and water damage. In extreme weather conditions, storing your safety net inside will also help this to last longer.
Check whether your trampoline is UV protected. And even if your trampoline does offer some sun protection, it’s still a good idea to cover it or store it inside prevent damage during heat waves and long, hot summers. You can at least just store your trampolines’ padding out of the sun if you don’t have the space to move the whole structure.


Trampolines can handle a lot of things, but having some ground rules about how your kids use it can ensure that you avoid unnecessary wear and tear. The following ground rules will ensure that your trampoline has many years of bouncing ahead, and also that your kids and their friends will have a safe, fun time.

  • No jumping with shoes – Shoe heels and hard-bottomed shoes can cause holes or damage to your trampoline.
  • Stick to the weight limits of your trampoline. Find out what it is, and keep an eye on it, especially with older jumpers. Group jumping should be discouraged both to stop the risk of painful collisions and for the care of your trampoline.
  • Never jump, lean or rebound off the safety nets – They are not designed to withstand huge weights being thrown against them.
  • Always install safety pads and a safety net when you use the trampoline. This will keep the springs in good working order by encouraging jumping in the middle of the trampoline, which leads to even weight distribution in the middle.

How you maintain your trampoline

Just like anything in your home, a trampoline needs a maintenance schedule to keep it working in good order. If it’s been a while in between bounces, you should be especially careful that your trampoline is in good nick. If this is the case, keep an extra close eye out for rust on your outdoors trampoline, as rust can corrode your trampoline from the inside and compromise its structural integrity.
Did you know that the constant bouncing on a trampoline can cause bolts to come loose? Before you allow anyone to use your trampoline, ensure that the bolts and screws are tight, that the legs are straight and stable, and that the nets and safety padding are sturdily in place.
The springs on most modern trampolines are covered with galvanised iron, which is designed to withstand rust. However, just because your springs are not rusty doesn’t mean they are completely safe. Look out for loose and stretched out springs, as this may be a sign they are weakening over time. Be sure to replace your springs as soon as you notice signs of wear and tear, not only for safety but for the best bouncing experience!
Ensure that any holes or loose threads in your net safety enclosure are dealt with as part of your maintenance routine as well – many children assume they are safe because of these nets.

Keep it clean

A clean trampoline means safer bouncing for your kids, as well as a longer life for your trampoline, as the bacteria in dirt can eat away and damage the mat. Your cleaning schedule should start with sweeping up loose debris on and around the trampoline, then scrubbing with an antibacterial wash to get rid of patches of dirt or mould. Blast these areas with a strong hose to rinse clean, and ensure you dry thoroughly in the sun or with a towel.

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