There is nothing quite as annoying as the constant and repetitive squeaking of a trampoline. While your kids may be able to tune out that high-pitched frequency, it may be enough to drive you (and your neighbors) nuts. The easiest solution – stop your kids from jumping. But what’s the point in having a trampoline if you or your kids can’t enjoy it? Below are 7 ways you can remedy that squeak on your teen’s trampoline (or whoever most commonly uses it) and get back to hours of fun, entertainment, and exercise on your trampoline:
Squeaky Outdoor Trampoline
One of the most common reasons trampolines squeak is due to rust which causes the springs or metal parts to rub against each other causing a noise. Simply spray some rust remover wherever you see the reddish-brown color of rust on the metal springs. Allow the rust remover to work for the recommended period of time then use a small, hard brush to scrub away the rust.
Rinse with water and then dry well. Drying is important to prevent rust from taking over again. Spray some WD40 on the metal parts. This will provide a layer of protection against moisture and help prevent future rust. This is especially important for extending the life of your trampoline and getting the most out of your investment. Some models are better than others in preventing rust. For example, read our review of the Happy Trampoline Galactic Extreme for a high-quality model that lasts years.
If the springs on your trampoline have no rust but are still squeaking, then it is probably caused by metal grinding on metal. Spray on some WD40 and this should solve the problem. It is recommended to spray WD40 or oil the springs and other metal parts on the trampoline regularly (this will also help with winterizing your trampoline). This will help prevent grinding and squeaking, as well as rust from setting in. If WD40 doesn’t work, apply some grease or Vaseline.
The hole or eyelet where the springs hook into the frame of your trampoline is another common cause of squeaking as metal grinds against metal. Applying a small amount of grease will lubricate the join and prevent noise. If you don’t have grease, Vaseline or petroleum jelly will suffice. This will once again provide that extra protection against rust as well as wear and tear or corrosion of the links and joins.
Clean The Mat
The mat on your trampoline may be the cause of that annoying squeaking sound – especially when it is new. A wet mat will also make a noise. Clear away loose debris and use a dry brush to scrub away dust and other grime (see How to Clean a Trampoline Properly). It is not recommended to use water and detergents to clean the mat. These can damage the mat and make the surface slippery which is a major safety hazard.
Tighten Screws And Bolts
The screws and bolts on your trampoline can loosen over time and result in a squeaky noise. Use a screwdriver or an appropriately sized wrench to tighten these tiny parts. It is recommended to check the screws and bolts regularly to ensure that they are tight as part of your regular trampoline maintenance.
If your rust removal wasn’t successful, then you may have to replace the springs on your trampoline. Remember to apply WD40 to the new springs and grease to the joins to prevent rust from setting in again.
If you can’t tighten the screws and bolts, they may have stripped, become damaged, or rusted in place. It is recommended to replace these and ensure that you are using exactly the same size screws and bolts. Make sure to use stainless steel parts to help prevent rust and future damage.
Squeaky Rebounder Or Mini Trampoline
A rebounder will squeak for exactly the same reasons as the larger, outdoor versions. The solutions for the squeak are much the same. Applying Vaseline or petroleum jelly to the moving parts (springs and joins) is the most recommended solution. Additionally, unlike outdoor trampolines, mini trampolines are often available using rubber bungees that prevent almost all noise. Take a look at our review of the Sportplus 43″ mini trampoline for an example of a bungee rebounder.
Some manufacturers also recommend rotating the springs or moving the hook around in the eyelet to stop a squeak. You may have to do this often. If these tips don’t work, then you may need to replace the springs. You can also check whether it is the frame, screw, and bolts that may be squeaking and tighten oil/grease or replace these.
Another tip is to store the rebounder in an upright position instead of putting it on its side. If you have a squeak on just one side of your rebounder, incorrect storage that places greater pressure on some of the springs may be the cause. Replace the offending springs and store them correctly in the future.