Outdoor toys maintenance
A guide to help you check and maintain your trampoline, climbing frame, swings and kids' bike.
Trampolines need a little TLC to keep them safe and fun. Here's our 'to do' list for trampoline maintenance:
- Reposition the trampoline to a level and stable grass surface far from any overhead obstacles and 2.5m from any surrounding fences/walls etc.
- Remove the winter cover and check the mat, springs and frame and connecting parts for signs of wear and tear.
- Remove twigs and debris around the frame and underneath the protective padding.
- Put up the protective netting and check all the stitching and attachments are intact.
- Make sure the frame is sound, checking each joint and oiling where necessary.
- A sagging jump mat is a sign the springs are overstretched: replace these parts if necessary.
Climbing frames, swings & slides maintenance tips
Whether you've got a metal or wooden climbing frame, these safety maintenance tips apply:
- Check all the main parts and fixings are secure.
- Oil the metallic parts and tighten screws and bolts where necessary.
- Smooth down any splintered or rough areas with a sander.
- Thoroughly check attachments like swings and handles for safety.
- If you've left the swings outside over winter, check the rope for deterioration and replace if necessary.
- It's best to detach swings and store them in a dry place over winter.
- Algae can be really slippery on steps, so scrub clean with some disinfectant and dry before use.
Sandpit maintenance tips
Sandpits offer a great sensory play option, and all the fun of the beach - here's how to keep the area safe and clean:
- Give your sandpit a wash and replace with non-toxic play sand at least once a year - we recommend you do this at the start of the outdoor season.
- Inspect the sandpit before every use to check it's clean and not contaminated with any foreign objects.
- Use a rake to aerate the sandpit once a week.
- Once a month turn over the sand completely and top up with more sand if necessary.
- Check with your hand that the sides and inner edges of the sandpit are smooth, and don't have any rough or sharp corners.
- Smooth any rough corners with sandpaper.
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When following tips and advice, always use your common sense. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions and if in doubt, consult the manufacturer.