Fall is the best time to take care of your RAVE Trampolines and Bouncers.
As the summer season comes to a close, it is important to take your RAVE products out of the water before it gets cold. As the water cools, your products may shrink and that makes them susceptible to small bites from muskrats and other animals. This is also the best time to make repairs and prepare all your RAVE products for storage.
Cleaning and Storage of Your RAVE Reinforced Product
We recommend these steps on the Proline Commercial Grade Reinforced products including the Aqua Jump water trampolines, Bongo water platforms, Attachments, Icebergs, Inflatable Mats, and other products that feature heavy duty materials.
1. NEVER USE PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS OR SOLVENTS FOR CLEANING.
2. NEVER USE A POWER WASHER TO CLEAN YOUR PRODUCT. THE HIGH PRESSURE WATER JET WILL DAMAGE THE SOFT PVC COATING ON THE TUBE BEYOND REPAIR. USE OF A POWER WASHER WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
3. Clean your inflatable completely with a mild soap and fresh water or a citrus based cleaner. It is easy to do while the products are still in the water (using biodegradable soap) or inflated on shore on a grassy area or tarp that can keep them clean.
4. Clean any grime, scuffs, chalking, oil, soot, oxidation, bird droppings, and other stains without damaging the vinyl using Aurora’s Speed Clean. It is biodegradable and can be used (in moderation) to clean trampolines while in the water.
5. Using a brush or sponge to clean off the tubes with Speed Clean can be helpful for heavy duty stains.
(For 15’ or 20’ trampolines, keep inflated and clean exposed top of trampoline in shallow water then deflate 50%, fold the tube on the top of the other half and turn the tube upside down. Re-inflate again and clean the bottom of the tube that is now on the top of the water. Use your dock if applicable to fold the trampoline. This makes it easier to deflate the tube and pull each end up on the dock and fold it up. Use a towel to dry while folding. Fold and roll it into your storage unit.)
6. Rinse off the grime and Speed Clean, then move to a clean, dry surface and dry off the products while they are still inflated.
7. Prep your products for next season with Aurora’s Poly Guard. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are very hard on inflatables. For best results, you will want to apply the Poly Guard and allow to dry before removing the coating. A second coat can help protect it even more. To maximize the life of your reinforced product, store it out of the sun whenever possible. Poly Guard provides UV protection to help reduce fading. We offer a Speed Clean/Poly Guard package for your convenience.
8. Once the product has been prepped and is dry, remove all air from the tube using the deflation port of the RAVE High Speed Inflator/Deflator. Take care not to drag your inflatables which may create small cuts or holes in the vinyl. Carefully inspect it for punctures or worn areas in the jump surface, deterioration of stitching or stretched springs, missing safety pads, or a sagging jump surface. Leaks can be detected by spraying the tube with mild soapy water and then watching for areas that create bubbles. If a leak is discovered or if any springs or pads are defective, these items should be repaired or replaced.
9. Dry thoroughly: Make sure your inflatable is completely dry to eliminate mold and corrosion during winter storage.
10. Store in a cool, dry location. Big plastic containers or storage bags are good choices. Do not store product directly on concrete surface as this can damage the PVC. Place mothballs around stored inflatable to keep mice and insects away as needed.
Inspection & Repair
11. If your trampoline requires repair, repair patch kits including glue and simple instructions can be purchased on our website for minor holes or tears. Large holes, tears or seam failures can be repaired by our repair experts at our warehouse. Schedule a repair at (1-800-659-0790).
12. The fall season is the ideal time of year to send in your trampoline that needs repairs to avoid the usual spring backlog. If you're in the United States, we partner with a company called Tsunami Sunshine for repairs. You can find more information for them here.
13. Inspect the ladder, anchor harness ropes, slides, connectors, swivels, and other accessories. Check for fraying or deterioration of ropes and corrosion of any metal parts.
14. Again, this is an ideal time of year to order necessary parts.