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How to Properly Maintain Your Wooden Swing Set

Wooden playsets are built to last for a long time, but they require a certain level of maintenance to remain in good condition.  The arrival of spring is the perfect time to ensure that your swing set is properly maintained and has sustained no damages over the winter months. It is always a good idea to go through the maintenance process at the change of each season, particularly before and after winter. This will help ensure that your playset lasts for a very long time no matter what kind of weather conditions you live in.

Do a thorough inspection of the swing set. The entire set should be inspected thoroughly, paying special attention to the roofing, hinges, screws, bolts, ropes, cables, and chains. If any of these are fraying or rusting, find replacements to ensure that everything will be safe for your children to play in this new year. If any screws or bolts seem loose, tighten them securely. It is also a good idea to check the wood for any signs of mild splintering, and consider sanding the area down if it is necessary.

Clean any dirt or mildew form the playset. The last thing you want is mildew growing on your beautiful wooden playset. In order to prevent this from starting, or to clean off anything that has begun to grow, you can give the entire playset a nice washing with a mild soap and a hose or deck cleaner. (A power washer is also an option so long as the pressure is not too high—this can damage your playset.)

Apply fresh stain and sealant at the correct times. Typically, the wood on a wooden playset will need restaining every 2-3 years depending on your weather conditions and type of wood. Resealing the wood should generally be done more frequently, about once every 1-2 years. If you have any questions about your particular swing set’s needs, contact your manufacturer and they will be able to tell you exactly what to do to ensure that it is properly maintained each year.

Inspect all accessories for any damage. In the springtime, you will probably be bringing certain accessories out of storage and reattaching them to the playset. At this time, check to make sure that every accessory is in good condition and nothing is broken or fraying. If anything needs replaced, this is the perfect time to contact your manufacturer and have a new version sent to you immediately. Overall, the important thing is that all hinges and bolts are securely connected, and there are no broken edges or rusty surfaces that might harm your child.

A proper maintenance routine is easy to build into your usual yardwork at the change of each season. The more consistently you check on your swing set, the easier it will be to stay on top of any needed updates. Overtime, you will get used to your playset’s needs and notice quickly if anything is remiss. The maintenance process is not usually very time consuming, but it is rewarding and can extend the life of your wooden swing set for years to come.

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