How to Clean Black Residue Off of Trampoline Mats


Trampolines provide hours of entertainment and exercise for both children and adults. Bouncing on a trampoline increases heart rate, strengthens muscles and joints, improves posture and reduces body fat. But over time, dirt, dust, body oils and other debris can collect on a trampoline mat, forming a black residue. Keeping a trampoline mat clean and free of residue will cause the trampoline to appear shiny and new, while allowing it to last longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp. liquid dish detergent
  • Garden hose
  • Scrub brush
  • Clean towel
  • Sweep the trampoline mat with broom to remove loose residue. Remove as much of the loose debris as you can.

  • Fill a bucket with lukewarm water. Pour two tablespoons of liquid dish detergent into the water to create a soapy solution.

  • Spray the trampoline mat with water from a garden hose. The mat should be completely soaked before attempting to remove the black residue.

  • Dip a scrub brush into the soapy solution. Scrub the trampoline mat thoroughly with the scrub brush until you completely remove the black residue.

  • Rinse the trampoline mat with water from the garden hose. Dry the trampoline mat with a clean towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Liquid laundry detergent can be used instead of liquid dish detergent.

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