How to maintain your wooden play equipment

It is hard not to agree that wooden play equipment is a much more pleasant addition than other choices of material. The good news is that most climbing frames are made from hardwoods and are designed to live outdoors all year; however, this doesn’t mean that a small amount of maintenance won’t be an invaluable way to increase the lifespan of your equipment. Read on for our easy guide to maintaining wooden play equipment.

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Can I leave it out all year?

If your play equipment is made from a hardwood such as teak, the wood’s natural oils mean that it is weather resistant and can left outdoors all year round. This is just as well, as children need fresh air and outdoor play just as much in winter as they do in summer.


The only real maintenance involves periodically cleaning the build-up of algae and lichens. Not only can algae and lichen lead to wood rot but also they can make play equipment slippery and unsafe. This cleaning job can be easily done with a bucket of warm, soapy water and a large sponge. Once a year, at either the start of spring or the end of summer, will normally be sufficient to keep your wooden play equipment in tip-top condition.

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Plastic elements

If your wooden play equipment has a plastic slide, this may need separate maintenance. For the most part, all plastic will need is periodic cleaning with warm soapy water; however, this is advised more often, optimally twice a year at the start and end of winter.

Metal elements

Children’s wooden climbing frames from suppliers such as ni climbing frames are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase that can last your children’s entire childhood when properly looked after.

In addition to wooden and plastic elements, there will be metal elements such as nuts and bolts. These will already be painted or treated with a rust resistant coating; however, after some years, it may be worth owners topping this protection up. Buy some rust prevention paint from your local hardware store for this.

As you can see, looking after your wooden play equipment is as easy as one, two, three. Just be sure to clean the algae off once a year and remember to look after the non-wood elements.