Maintaining your wooden jungle gym or treehouse
Preventive maintenance is always the best form of protection. Wooden Jungle Gyms should be inspected periodically for wear and tear, and repaired quickly where necessary. If you follow this basic rule of thumb, then your jungle gym will look fresh, attractive and safe for many years to come.
We only use S.A.B.S. approved tanalith treated gum poles when erecting our jungle gyms.Your jungle gym has been secured with industrial bolts and accessories.All chains are galvanized and the supporting poles are well secured in the ground. We use Saligna planks for the decks, ramps, bridges & roofs on the jungle gym.You should pay particular attention to the planks.If not regularly oiled or varnished they will dry out and crack.
When we first erect a jungle gym we paint it with an oil based wood dresser. This gives the unit its colour and also a measure of protection against the elements. It penetrates, stabilizes and nourishes the wood.
We highly recommend that your jungle gym and sandboxes are painted with a wood sealer or oil dresser every six months to a year. This will ensure that the wood does not dry out and will prolong the life of the unit. Your jungle gym will continue to look good at a very low cost. WE SUPPLY OUR WOOD DRESSER AT R60.00 and Clear water based sealer for R80 PER LITRE FOR the effective maintenance of your unit. These products can be courierd to your door.
It is possible that due to the settling in of the jungle gym and normal expansion and contraction of the wood, you may initially find that some bolts need to be tightened. We advise that you check your unit after one month or so and tighten the bolts if necessary.
Keeping the sandpit clean
- close the sandbox when not in use
- take the toys out each day
- rake the sandpit regularly to remove rubbish and debris
- sprinkle course salt to detour bugs and and ants (white vinegar also works)
- after heavy rain ,use a spade to shift the sand around an allow it to aerate
- if a cat/does does it business in the sandpit ,remove the poo and spray the sand with a mild disinfectant
Looking after the timber
Your sandbox has been treated with a water based sealer to protect it from the elements.The ground contact area have been painted with an anti fungal/rot product. However, like all timber products it does require some love and care along the way.
The sun is very harsh in South Africa, and can be extremely destructive to timber. It is important to treat the wood regularly to preserve the healthy look of your sandbox. We supply a very effective clear sealer for R80 per litre, which can be couriered to your door
We also recommend the Woodoc Polly Wax Sealer (available at most hardwares) to protect the wood from the sun and insulate the nutrients, so your sandbox doesn’t shrivel up, and bake in the sun.