5 Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Wooden Swing Sets Looking Like New

July 22, 2019

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Planning to buy or have just bought a new wooden swing set? If yes, then here are some practical wooden swing sets maintenance tips that you should consider to ensure that it lasts longer.

Wood swing sets are the favourite choice for most outdoor swing set buyers. Plus, swing sets that are made of wood are durable than all other options and looks more attractive and beautiful. However, these fall into expensive swing sets category. 

It's not economical to keep replacing wood made swing sets every season. Also, wooden swing sets require periodic maintenance to keep swinging and look like new forever. If you do not take care of the maintenance factor, your wooden swing set may not last long. So, you must do everything possible to make your swing sets last as long as possible. 

So, without doing any further ado, let's just start exploring the tips that can help you make your expensive investment in wooden swing sets the one-time long-lasting investment. 

5 Tips To Boost The Lifespan Of Your Wooden Swing Set

Here are the five practical tips considering which you can maintain your wooden swing sets like a new one forever. Do read the tips below and consider & follow them from today to get the best value for the money from your outdoor wooden swing set

Tip #1: Keep All Of The Wood Stained And Sealed

One of the best and most effective things you can do to increase the lifespan of your wooden playset is to keep all of its wood stained and sealed. Most wooden swing sets available in the market with these components come pre-sealed or/and pre-stained.

Moreover, if yours is not pre-sealed, we recommend you sealing the wood within 60 to 80 days after construction. However, if you don't want to invest this much time on the maintenance of wooden swing sets, going with metal swing sets can be a good option for you. This is because metal swing sets require less maintenance and it's more comfortable too. 

Furthermore, considering a waterproof sealant for the maintenance purpose can also prolong the life of your swing set. Waterproof sealant work by restricting the moisture seeping into the wood and offers protection from UV rays as well. You can easily buy a waterproof sealant from any of your local hardware stores. 

It can also be a good idea to reseal the wood on your set after every one or two years. You must use a waterproof sealant, no matter whether you use an oil or water sealant  Staining is another important wooden swing set maintenance step which you shouldn't overlook. You should stain the wood of playset every two or three years to keep the wood looking nice. 

#2 Inspect Your Playset Regularly

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It's always good to inspect the components of your wooden swing set. Inspecting components ensures that there is nothing to worry about the safety and longevity of the set. 

If you're living in an area where your kids use the set all year round, you should inspect the components of wooden swing set once per month. However, if your kids are not going to use the swing set in the winter months, you can do the inspection in spring before your kids start using it. 

You need to pay special attention to essential components of the swing set such as plastic components, swing chains, and other small hardware. Furthermore, regular maintenance items and fixer are going to be obvious. Notably, at the beginning of the season, you need to look closer at all the bolts and screws to ensure that they aren't sticking out precariously or broken off, causing sharp edges. If required, tight all those nuts and bolts for better safety and maintenance. 

Tip #3: Remove If There's Any Detachable Parts Or Components

If you're not utilizing your wooden swing set all year round, or if you live in an area with cold, you should not overlook this maintenance step. If you don't cover the entire playset with the trap during the winter season, you should remove the parts of it that are easily detachable. 

Gliders, swings, rope ladder, and canopy roof are some of the easily detachable parts that you may want to consider removing. 

Tip #4: Keep The Swing Set Clean 

Regular cleaning is the best way to get rid of stains in the wood and rooting due to moisture. Also, it will help you in keeping your swing set looking nicer. 

Furthermore, most swing set brand suggests buyers clean the playset before re-staining to remove debris or dirt accumulated on it. You can simply use an expandable water hose and mild shop for this purpose. Also, you can use a soft bristle brush to remove the bird droppings. Once you're done with all these steps, let the playset dry for 24 hours before applying sealant or stain. 

Tip #5: Always Follow The Weight Recommendations 

No matter whether you buy a wooden swing set or metal swing set, they both come with some weight recommendations. While your swing set may seem very durable and sturdy, it's important that you follow the manufacturer's weight recommendations to ensure it's long lifespan. Here is a table to show you the weight recommendations for some of the most popular swing set accessories

5 Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Wooden Swing Sets Looking Like New


So, those are some of the useful and practical maintenance tips for swing sets to boost their lifespan and safety factors. We hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Also, if you've some suggestions, do share that with us.

So, that's all for now and thanks for reading this post here at The Jungle Gym Kingdom.

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