MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR BOUNCE HOUSES
Inflatable bounce houses are kids’ absolute favorite fun activity, especially the bounce house with slides. As fun as they are, bounce houses can get pretty filthy by the end of an event.
Here’s how you can clean them and get them ready for the next party.
1. Preparing for clean up
On a waterproof tarp, lay out the bounce house carefully. An open area on the grass can work well too. However, be careful of any sharp or pointy objects that could potentially damage the item. To get an accurate understanding of how much work is needed, give it a thorough inspection.
Observe the areas that took the most beating. These will generally require more effort. Keep other essentials such as rags and towels, cleaning solution, a vacuum cleaner, a soft bristled brush ready. Remember, cleaning a big blow-up bounce house requires effort and patience.
2. Dry cleaning the bounce house
Dry cleaning the inflatable bounce house is the second step in the process. Use a broom, or for more effective results, a vacuum cleaner to blow out the dirt, dust and gunk. Cover the crevices and areas behind the flap.
You may have to handpick other things such as toys, crayons or other accessories that may have been left inside the bounce house. While at it, carefully assess for any other damages. Ensure to clean not only the areas the kids were playing at but also the whole bounce house.
3. Wet cleaning the bounce house
Once all the dry dust and dirt has been removed, it’s time to get deeper into cleaning. Generally, a commercial bounce house is cleaned in case it has been in the store for a long time, spills and being sick has resulted in a mess after an event, the jump house appears dirty after vacuuming or brushing or it hasn’t been cleaned in over five years.
Mixing vinegar (one part) with water (three parts) along with soap (bleach-free; you want to protect the colors) makes for an excellent homemade cleaner. Use this to gently scrub the areas that are too dirty with a sponge or a brush (soft bristled). Then, with the help of a garden hose, thoroughly rinse everywhere.
4. Disinfecting and sanitizing
This step must not be missed. It is absolutely crucial to disinfect and sanitize the blow-up house to break-off the spread of bacteria, viruses and other infection causing pathogens.
Using disinfectants that are bleach-free is advised while use of bleach or products that contain bleach is discouraged. Bleach causes fading of the color and damages the vinyl. Also, the disinfectant mustn’t be rinsed.
5. Drying the bounce house
After all the dry and wet cleaning and disinfecting, the bounce house needs to dry. It can be dried simply in the sunlight or with the help of towels. Wipe clean the excessive water buildup, if any, or let it dry itself out in the sun.
MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR SUP
1) Transport of the SUP board
In our webshop you will find different SUP board packages which come with a bag. The bag isEssential for transporting your SUP board. This prevents damage to the board caused by sharp objects.
A bag is also much more convenient for transporting your board, as you can simply carry it on your back. No bag is included? No problem, it is possible to filter the web shop for separate bags for your board.
2) Do not inflate the board fully in the hot sun
Are you going to enjoy a hot summer day on the water with your SUP board? Then keep in mind that you need tonot fully inflated.
This is because warm air will expand, and despite the cool water, the expansion of the air in the board will be faster than you think. Witha SUP pumpyou can specify exactly how much PSI of air you need in the board.
Therefore, do not go boarding for hours in the middle of the hot sun, but take a break now and then and put the board in the shade.This prevents cracks from formingin the outer layer of the SUP board.
Moreover, this also applies to temporarystoring your boardduring hot summer days. Do you put the board in the shed for a few days? Then make sure you let some air out, as the air in the board can expand.
This way, you leave some room for the air in the board to expand and avoid the risk of damage.
3) Always lift the board
It may seem easy to pull your SUP board along behind you, but this is obviously not good for the board.
Small stones, sand, or branchesThis is because the outer layer of the board can easily become cracked. This could cause a leak, which would make the SUP adventure of the day impossible.Always lift your SUP boardafter you have inflated it.
SUP board maintenance after use
The real SUP board maintenance only starts after using your board. Above, we have given just a few tips to prevent damage, because prevention is of course better than cure.
Hence, you should take SUP board maintenance seriously so that you can enjoy your SUP for longer. Below, we tell you exactly what to look out for.
1) Let your board dry out well
One of the most important parts of SUP board maintenance is to let your board dry after use. We advise you not to let your board dry in the sun, but in the shade.
In the sun, the air in the board can still expand, which can cause cracks.It is also possible to use a towel to dry the board.In any case, make sure that the board is completely dry before storing it in the shed or storage bag.
2) Drain the board completely
Then drain the board completely after drying up
Then roll up the SUP and put it back in the storage bag if necessary
Always check that all the air is actually out though
3) Press the valve firmly in place
For boththe life of the SUP as the valve, it is important that you press the valve properlyand turns downwards. As a result, theSUP board air pressurenamely off and all the air can escape completely.
When deflating your SUP board, there may be aa lot of noise caused by the air pressure present. Therefore it is a possibility to have a 'silent air remover', which greatly muffles the sound.
4) Roll out the board once more to dry thoroughly.
With an inflatable SUP, it is highly recommended to roll out the board again to let it dry. After deflating the board, you will notice that there is still some moisture present.