Playgrounds and playground equipment are hugely important for parents and kids. These offer fun and safe ways for children to enjoy themselves and gain some exercise. For parents, your child's happiness is crucial, but equally, having the chance to enjoy five minutes of peace while they are occupied is worth its weight in gold.
This means the condition of playgrounds must be of the highest calibre, with playground cleaning an essential component to consider.
At Right Wash, we are playground cleaning specialists, and whether you’re an interested parent looking for information or someone with responsibility for maintaining playground equipment in schools or parks, we are happy to offer advice and services.
It is important to follow safety guidelines when using cleaning products, but when it comes to surfaces and equipment for youngsters, safety is paramount. Quick playground cleaning tips to consider include:
If you are concerned about causing more significant problems by cleaning a playground, leave it to skilled and experienced professionals like Right Wash.
When kids play, dirt, mud and grime is never too far away! This makes a regular cleaning process vital for anyone responsible for maintaining a playground. In most cases, the following simple steps will keep your playground clean:
If your equipment requires minimal maintenance, this will be more than enough to leave everything in great condition. However, you’ll often find that a more intensive approach is required for effective playground cleaning, and this might be the time to call on specialist cleaning companies.
As mould, moss and mildew are common across outdoor surfaces, it is not uncommon to find it growing on playsets, climbing frames, swings and all other outdoor play equipment.
After initially wiping the equipment with soap and water, it is important to treat the equipment to remove mould or algae.
A mixture of bleach and water is effective at removing mould and mildew, but be sure to wear gloves and follow recommended practices for using chemicals. Also, make sure it is thoroughly rinsed and dried after a suitable amount of time.
Vinegar is effective at removing moss and mould, and is a more environmentally friendly option. A quick and easy way to use white vinegar on outdoor equipment is to place it into a spray gun bottle, and cover any affected areas. Allow the vinegar to settle for at least an hour, and then rinse clear.
Commercially available mould removal spray is a great way to clean playground equipment. Products aimed at bathroom and shower cleaning are suitable, and please follow instructions on the bottle.
As you can see, there is no reason why you cannot clean playground equipment yourself, but there are many reasons why people choose to hire a specialist cleaner.
Wet pour surfaces are extremely common in playgrounds and schools, coming in a wide range of colours and designs, made from rubber granules. They are soft and durable, making them a safe option for children at play.
No it is not advisable to jet wash a soft play area, playground or wet pour surfaces as it is likely to cause damage. Soft washing systems are a much safer and more common way to clean playgrounds.
General cleaning for sanitization should be done every 3 months but a full professional clean by us would be done every 6-12 months.
Statistics by Home Advisor stated that playground equipment on average carries around 3,500,000 colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria per square inch. This is huge compared to the average kitchen worktop which is around 85 CFU.
72 hours is the time we recommend not using a wet pour surface after it has been cleaned but it can dry after 24 hours depending on weather.