The Wood Workshop offers a “Basic Maintenance” service whereby the jungle gym is safety checked, repainted and revamped.
For the cost of the basic maintenance service for your specific unit please do not hesitate to contact us.
Maintenance Tips for Jungle Gyms and Treehouses
Preventive maintenance is always the best form of protection. Jungle Gyms should be inspected periodically for wear and tear, and repaired quickly where necessary. Unlike steel our wooden structures require very little fuss.
We only use S.A.B.S. approved tanalith treated gumpoles when erecting our jungle gyms. All chains are galvanized and the supporting poles are well secured in the ground. We use saligna slats for the decks, ramps, bridges & roofs on the jungle gym.
When we first erect a jungle gym we paint it with an oil/wax base 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 dresser minimum once a year. This will ensure that the wood does not dry out and will lengthen the life of the unit. Your unit will continue to look good at a very low cost. WE SUPPLY OUR WOOD DRESSER AT R50.00 PER LITRE FOR MAINTENANCE OF YOUR UNIT.
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.
Maintenance and hygiene tips for sandboxes
Sandpits can become unclean when animals, particularly cats, and children use them as toilets.
• Toxoplasmosis can be spread from cats to humans through dirty sandpits.
• Toxoplasmosis can harm an unborn child, but is usually a mild illness in children and adults. It causes a rash, swollen glands, fever and feeling unwell.
• Insects can live in damp sand and may bite or sting children.
Keeping sandpits clean
• We build our sandpits to ensure it is well drained so that it stays as dry as possible.
Keeping the sandpit clean and dry is more important than regular disinfecting.
• Cover the sandpit when not in use, e.g. with fine chicken wire, so that cats will not use it as a toilet. Plastic covers, which do not let air through, can keep the sandpit damp, and are not such a good idea. Rain will tend to wash the sand, helping to keep it clean so long as the water can drain away. We can supply you with a cover made from a Heavy Duty Woven Polypropylene mesh, through which water will pass but no leaves or large particles.
• Take toys out of the sandpit each day.
• Rake the sandpit regularly, to remove rubbish and to stir up the sand so it gets aired (fresh air is a good disinfectant).
• Remove any dirt and rubbish you can see.
• Wash the sand with tap water if it is not regularly washed by the rain.
• Disinfecting sand pits is only needed when they are obviously dirty. Disinfect the sand when you need to (e.g. if a child does a poo in the sandpit). Use a mild detergent or household disinfectant diluted in water in a watering can. Follow the instructions for washing floors and surfaces that are on the container.
Looking after the timber
Your sandbox has been treated with an oil based wood dresser to protect it from the elements. 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 are able to supply the wood dresser we use at a cost of R45/litre, please contact us and we can arrange delivery.
We also recommend the Woodoc Polly Wax Sealer to protect the wood from the sun and insulate the nutrients, so your sandbox doesn’t shrivel up, and bake in the sun.