Trampoline maintenance: Checklist & tips to keep in mind

William Adams
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A trampoline maintenance checklist is necessary to ensure the safety of your trampoline.

Trampoline maintenance: Checklist & tips to keep in mindThe jumps and the weather put the trampolines to the test. Worn, overstressed, or missing parts are a safety hazard and must be replaced immediately.

Trampoline maintenance is an important factor in using a trampoline safely, whether daily, weekly, or annually. Make sure that you inspect it regularly for cracks and tears and, if necessary, replace any parts that look the worse for wear. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines at all times.

If maintenance work is to be performed, do not allow the trampoline to be used.

Read the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions carefully and pay particular attention to the following points:

Trampoline maintenance checklist before first use

  • Has the trampoline been assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using all parts?
  • Does the trampoline have a ladder?
  • Are the pins and hooks properly inserted?
  • Is the trampoline mounted on a flat, non-slip surface?
    • Suitable are grassy surfaces, lawns, or shock-absorbing floors.
    • Hard floors such as asphalt, concrete, slabs, or pavers are not ideal.
  • Are the (manufacturer’s) safety instructions and operating rules attached to the trampoline, and have they been explained to the users?
  • And are the screws tight?
  • Are all feet on the ground? Under no circumstances should they be buried.
  • Can the trampoline withstand gusts of wind? (For example, is it secured to the ground with steel anchors or weighted down with sandbags or water pockets?)
  • Is the safety distance of 6.5 feet between the trampoline’s edge and nearby buildings, balconies, fences, trees, shrubs, or other play equipment maintained? Measure it to be sure.

Daily trampoline maintenance before use

  • Is the upholstery in good condition and in place?
  • Is the safety net free of holes and tears?
  • Are the jumping sheet and padding dry?
  • Is the space under the jumping sheet unobstructed?

Weekly trampoline maintenance (for daily use) or monthly (for occasional use)

  • Lift or remove the padding around the jumping mat to access all the tensioning elements (e.g., springs or bungee cords).
  • Are the frame and legs of the trampoline free of cracks? If cracks are detected in the supporting elements, the trampoline must not be used until the defective parts have been replaced.
  • Are the tensioning elements and their attachments to the jump cloth and frame in good condition (not broken, not too worn, not stretched)? Defective components must be replaced as soon as possible.

Checking the trampoline safety net and jumping mat (from inside the trampoline)

  • Can we see sharp edges?
  • Is the jumping sheet evenly stretched and flat? Is it free of holes, dents, tears, and loose seams? Do not use the trampoline if the jumping mat is defective. Instead, replace it or have it repaired by a specialist.
  • Is the safety net and padding still in place?
  • Is the safety net firmly attached to the trampoline frame? Are all hooks and eyes still in good condition?
  • Does the entrance door to the safety net have a reliable locking system?

Annual trampoline maintenance checklist at the end of the season

  • To prevent the trampoline from being damaged by the weight of snow and bad weather, it is advisable to dismantle it before winter (or at least to remove the safety net, the cover, and the jumping mat) and keep it in a cool and dry place until spring.
  • At the same time, or at the latest at the beginning of the next season, the following items should be checked to see whether they need replacing:
    • Jumping sheet
    • Safety net and its fixings
    • Frame and its components
    • Tension elements
    • Upholstery
  • Is the jumping sheet evenly stretched and flat? Is it free of holes, dents, tears, and loose seams? Are all the eyelets still in good condition? If this is not the case, the jumping sheet must be replaced or repaired by a specialist.
  • According to the manufacturer’s instructions, can the safety net still be used for an additional season? If not, it must be replaced.
  • Can the safety net and padding withstand wear and tear from the sun and weather for an additional season? Ensure they are not already worn, brittle, or easy to tear.
  • Does the frame show excessive wear, cracks, broken parts, or heavy corrosion? If this is the case, the trampoline can hardly be repaired. It is better to buy a new one.
  • Are the cushioning properties of the padding intact? Check that it has not collapsed. If it shows tears, it must be replaced.
  • Are the tensioning elements and their attachments to the jump cloth and frame in good condition (not broken, not too worn, not stretched, not corroded (metal elements))?
  • Are the pins still in good condition (not broken) and the screws tight?

Trampoline maintenance checklist: Conclusion

A good manufacturer will always produce the right guidelines, but this article will help to further ensure that your trampoline is safe to use at all times.

Remember that a stitch in time saves nine, and safety first at all times!

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About William Adams

I’m an engineer and a happy plus-size individual myself. I love to blog online if I can have a positive impact on the lives of others. I help other plus-size people with in-depth product guides to make shopping for products and services less stressful in their busy lives. Read More