How to care for your Rainbow wooden swing set
It might not seem like it now, but before you know it, the snow will be gone, the days will be warmer, and the kids will be outside swinging, sliding, and climbing on their Rainbow wooden swing sets. As a parent, it feels good knowing you invested in the safest and sturdiest playset you could get for your kids. To keep that strong, long-lasting wooden swing set in tip top shape, there are several things you can do this spring and throughout the months ahead to ensure it stays in good condition for years to come. (Or if you prefer, you can contact Rainbow of the Heartland and we can take care of maintenance for you.)
Preserve. Your natural wood swing set needs the same kind of attention you would give a deck or wood patio furniture. Begin by checking all surfaces for deterioration or splinters, then spot sand any areas that require it. Follow that process by coating the playset with Rainbow water-sealant. Rainbow keeps this in stock as well as an oil-based sealant. The sealant should be non-toxic and kid-friendly.
Reinstall. First, try to remember where you stored the parts you took down last fall. Once you find the swing seats, tarps, flags, and other plastic parts, use a sponge or a soft cloth, soap and water and give them all a thorough cleaning. Then reinstall them.
Clean. A winter’s worth of storage in your garage or shed has likely made your tarp dull and unsightly. Bring back those colors with some soap and water and they’ll look like new again. While you’re at it, wipe down the vinyl dipped parts of your swing set as well.
Tighten or Replace. Over time and with use, nuts and bolts that connect moving parts can come loose. Make sure you go over your swing set thoroughly, and tighten or replace any loose, broken, or missing parts. Be careful not to over-tighten as that can cause your wood to crack. (Hardware on any swinging element should be checked at least twice a month to ensure your kids’ safety.) While you’re at it, check to make sure you still have all the coverings on bolts, sharp edges and corners.
Inspect. Examine all moving parts, such as swing seats, ropes, and chains. Check for wear, rust, or deterioration and repair or replace as needed. (For metal parts that have rusted, sand and repaint using a nonlead-based paint.) Make sure to lubricate all metal moving parts, and grease the Tire Swivel at least once a month during use.
Examine. Check to see that your entire structure and swing beam is level. If not, be sure to level it to guarantee safe use of the swing set.
Rake. Go over the loose surfacing materials with a rake to prevent compaction. Check depth and add more fill if needed.
Consistent care and maintenance of your wooden outdoor swing set will keep your kids from getting injured, while giving them a fun, safe place to spend the warm days ahead. What’s more, when you follow a consistent maintenance routine and keep your playset in good condition, you’re adhering to the terms of your playset warranty. That ensures hassle-free repair or replacement in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
Need help maintaining your playset? Rainbow of the Heartland offers maintenance services.