If you’ve just purchased or you’re looking to purchase a water trampoline or bouncer, one question that you may have is how to maintain and store your product to prolong the life of your investment. Like any other piece of outdoor equipment, proper storage and maintenance is important and will be the difference between a good investment and money down the drain. The following items should be considered when talking about maintenance and storage of a water trampoline or bouncer.
One of the first things that many people wonder about is if water trampolines will fade in the sun. This is extremely unlikely because trampolines and bouncers use UV inhibitors that are specially blended from PVC materials to resist sunlight and fading. If you want to be extra careful you could purchase some 303 Aerospace Protectant and apply it to your water trampoline. Apply it like a sunscreen and it will give extra protection from UV rays emitted by the Sun. If you apply it to an already slightly faded product, it will restore color as well. It is recommended that you use the product once a month for maximum results.
Another maintenance question that arises is whether or not a water trampoline or bouncer can be used in salt water and whether or not they should be left in the water. The answer to the first question is yes, water trampolines and bouncers can be used in salt water. Most trampolines and bouncers are made out of UV protected material and stainless steel to withstand salt water conditions. The only issue that you may run into is having to replace the springs on your water trampoline. The salt water will wear out the springs faster, so it will be something you will want to keep an eye on.
The answer to the second question is yes, you can leave your water trampoline or water bouncer in the water for the duration of the summer season. As long as it is anchored down properly and in a safe area that isn’t extremely windy, it should be fine. If you live a place with a warm climate all year, you can leave it in the water as long as you’d like. For those who live in an area with cold winter months, you should take your trampoline or bouncer out of the water and store it in a dry place.
When removing your water trampoline or bouncer from the water for storing, or any other reason, DO NOT drag it across the ground. This greatly increases the chances of rips and tears in the tubing. Get two or three people, or as many as necessary, to lift and carry your water trampoline in and out of the water. Before storing for the season, it is recommended that you wash your trampoline. Clean the entire exterior tubing area with soap and water or other mild cleanser. This will wash off any scum build up that has occurred from sitting in the water. Once the tube has dried, deflate it and roll it up gently. Then place it into a vented container to prevent rodents and other small animals from scratching or damaging it in any way. Most people opt to keep the frame intact for storage, usually by leaning it against something. You can disassemble the frame if you choose to, but it is not a requirement. Be sure that you do not place other items on top of the jumping platform as they will wear out the springs from the stress. It is also suggested to keep mothballs in the vicinity of your stored water trampoline to deter moths from eating it.
If your water trampoline our bouncer gets damaged while either indoors or outdoors, there are ways to repair it. If it begins to deflate, you may have a rip or tear in the tubing. The easiest way to find a tear or leak is by pouring soapy water all over the tube and look for bubbles. This will indicate where the hole or tear is located. Once you find the problem, you will then need to determine how big the hole is so you can pick an appropriately sized patch. Most water trampolines come with a repair kit that includes patches and glue. Once you have picked the right size patch, deflate the tube and clean the area with rubbing alcohol to ensure that the glue will adhere as best as possible. Apply the glue around separately to both the area and the patch. Let each dry for about 2 minutes, or until the glue becomes tacky. Next, place the patch on top of the area and rub together with a flat, smooth object. Allow the patch to dry for at least 24 hours before inflating. For larger holes repeat the same procedure but do it on both the inside and outside of the tubing. For major fixes, most water trampolines come with an owner’s manual that includes a listing of replacement parts from the manufacturer.