At Springfree Trampoline their are two questions that we are often asked:
"How can I get birds to stop perching on top of my Flexinet?"
And, "how do I keep leaves off my Springfree?"
Here are a few tips on how to keep your trampoline clean and clear of anything that may damage the net and matt.
To Keep The Birds Away…
- Fake (plastic) snakes or owls. Leaving a plastic snake on the trampoline when not in use will help. We suggest moving it around, so the birds don’t learn it’s not a threat.
- Cable ties with the ends sticking up. Birds won't be able to perch as easily.
- A scarecrow
- Tinsel or tin foil - the metallic colour scares the birds away (unless you have a magpie problem)!
- Get your kids to go for a jump! Need we say more?
To Keep The Leaves Off…
- When not in use, place a tarp or shade cloth over the mat. As you pull it out to jump, any leaves, sticks and debris will slide out too!
- Lay an old sheet over the trampoline when it’s not in use. This will work similar to a tarp, but water will drip through instead of pooling in the centre when it rains. If it’s spread out enough, it should dry in the sun too.
- Keep a dustpan and brush handy, the kids can give it a quick sweep up before they jump!
- Make sure your trampoline isn’t under any overhanging tree branches – we recommend a height clearance of 6m for a Springfree Trampoline – this is much safer, and will also reduce the number of leaves and sticks that fall onto your trampoline.
If you do need to clean your trampoline we recommend that you wash the mat and net with water and a light dish detergent, or pressure washer if you’ve got one. Avoid using chemical based soaps on the mat since they might corrode the material.
Remember to do a quick check under the trampoline to look over the mat rod holders. Check for cracks or missing holders.
Our maintenance checklist is a great way to conduct your own visual inspection.
Do you have any other tips for solving these problems? Comment below!