Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

Maintaining And Caring For Your Rubber Mulch Playground

by Warren Garcia

If you're like most parents, you want to provide your children with a designated play area in your outdoor living space that's both safe and stimulating. Rubber mulch, with its superior shock absorption and durability, is a popular choice for playground surfacing among modern homeowners. However, it's important to remember that even the best materials require regular maintenance in order to retain their quality and safety. Here's what you need to know about maintaining and caring for your rubber mulch playground:

Regular Inspection and Cleaning 

Just as you would with any playground surface, it's essential to inspect your rubber mulch regularly. Keep an eye out for any sharp objects that may have become inadvertently embedded in the mulch. These could be anything from small stones to broken glass or metal pieces — or even plastic toys with sharp edges. A swift visual check over the area before playtime can help keep little explorers safe.

In terms of cleaning, rubber mulch doesn't attract insects or encourage fungal growth, making it relatively easy to maintain. However, it's still worth hosing down the mulch periodically to remove any dust or debris. If you see any signs of mold or mildew, a mild detergent can help to clean the area thoroughly.

Mulch Depth and Coverage Maintenance

One of the main advantages of rubber mulch is its shock-absorbing properties, which are directly tied to its depth. Therefore, it's important to regularly check the depth of your rubber mulch, ensuring it maintains the recommended level of at least six inches. This is especially crucial in high-traffic areas like under swings or at the bottom of slides.

If you notice that the mulch is spreading or thinning out in some areas, rake it back into place. In case the depth is significantly reduced over time, it may be necessary to top up the mulch to maintain optimal safety standards.

Checking for Wear and Tear

While rubber mulch is known for its durability, it's still subject to wear and tear over time. Regularly check the condition of the mulch, looking for signs of degradation or color fading. Some fading is natural due to sun exposure, but significant changes in the mulch's condition could indicate that it's time for a replacement.

If there are areas where the mulch is excessively compacted, fluff it up with a rake. This helps to maintain its shock-absorbing properties and keeps the playground looking its best.

Speak to a supplier to learn more about rubber playground mulch