JUNGLE GYM AND SANDBOX MAINTENANCE
A guide to maintaining your wooden jungle gym or treehouse.
Preventive jungle gym 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 is secured with industrial bolts and accessories. All chains are galvanized and the supporting poles are well secured in the ground. We use Saligna/Pine planks for the decks, ramps, bridges & roofs on the jungle gym. You should pay particular attention to the planks. If not regularly sealed they will dry out and crack.
When we first erect a jungle gym we paint it with an oil-based wood dresser. So this gives the unit its colour and also a measure of protection against the elements. It penetrates, stabilises and nourishes the wood. This is followed by a coat of a quality water-based sealer which will further insulate the wood. Whatever you do, don’t forget jungle gym maintenance!
Jungle Gym Maintenance Is Critical.
We highly recommend that your jungle gym and sandboxes are painted with a wood sealer every six months to a year. Try and do this just before the summer rains. This will ensure that the wood does not dry out and will prolong the life of the unit. Your product will continue to look good at a very low cost. We SUPPLY OUR WOOD DRESSER AT R60.00 PER LITRE and Clearwater-based sealer for R80 PER LITRE FOR the effective maintenance of your unit. Furthermore, these products can be couriered 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 coarse salt to detour bugs and ants (white vinegar also works)
- after heavy rain, use a spade to shift the sand around an allow it to aerate and keep the lid open until the sand is dry.
- if a cat/does it’s business in the sandpit, remove the poo and spray the sand with a mild disinfectant
- it’s a good idea to replace the sand every 6 months.
Pay extra attention to the sandbox lid.
Your sandbox has been coated with a water-based sealer to protect it from the elements. Additionally, the ground contact area is painted with an antifungal/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, as a result, is extremely destructive to timber. It is important to paint the wood every six months to preserve the healthy look of your investment. It will also prevent moisture from getting into the wood. 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 Or “Clear” Grip Seal (available at most hardwares) to protect the wood from the sun and rain which will insulate the nutrients, thus ensuring the wood doesn’t dry up and bake in the sun.