Playground rubber mulch maintenance

Unlocking the Secrets of Playground Rubber Mulch Maintenance for a Safer Play Environment


Creating a safe and enjoyable playground requires more than just the initial installation of surfaces like Bonded Rubber Mulch. To ensure longevity, safety, and aesthetic appeal, regular maintenance is crucial. In this blog, we’ll dive into a comprehensive guide on how to effectively care for your playground surface and keep it in top-notch condition.

Importance of Routine Maintenance:

Begin by understanding that no safety surface is maintenance-free. Regular upkeep is key to preserving its performance and appearance, meeting guarantee terms, and reducing the risk of accidents. A well-planned maintenance schedule is essential to prolong the life of your playground bonded rubber mulch surface.

Recommended Usage and Inspection:

Bonded rubber mulch is specifically designed for pedestrian traffic, and it is crucial to adhere to this usage limitation for optimal performance and safety. Regular inspections play a pivotal role in ensuring the longevity of your playground surface.

  • Routine Visual Inspections: Conduct daily visual inspections to identify signs of wear and tear, as well as any potential safety hazards. Look for uneven surfaces, displaced mulch, or areas that may require immediate attention. Download our free routine visual inspection template.
  • Operational Inspections: Perform regular operational checks to ensure that the bonded rubber mulch is intact and securely in place. Pay close attention to high traffic areas and areas under dynamic equipment, as these areas are prone to more rapid wear.
  • Annual Inspections: Schedule comprehensive annual assessments to evaluate the overall condition of the surface. This includes checking for structural integrity, evaluating the depth of the mulch layer, and addressing any necessary repairs.
Routine Cleaning Techniques:

Maintaining a clean and debris-free surface is essential to both the aesthetic appeal and safety of your bonded rubber mulch playground. Here’s a guide to effective routine cleaning techniques:

  • Debris Removal: Conduct weekly removal of foreign objects using a combination of a leaf blower and a sweeping brush. This helps prevent potential tripping hazards and ensures the longevity of the bonded rubber mulch.
  • Jet Wash Cleaning: Regularly clean the surface using a jet wash to remove accumulated dirt, debris, and contaminants. This not only enhances slip resistance but also prevents accelerated wear. Focus on high-traffic areas that may require more frequent cleaning.
  • Chewing Gum Removal: Address the issue of chewing gum promptly by using freezing spray. This facilitates easy removal without causing damage to the surface. Include this step in your routine cleaning to maintain a pristine appearance.
Dealing with Weeds, Moss, Algae, and Tree Sap:

Combat unwanted growth promptly. Weeds are likely airborne spores, treat them with weed killer during routine maintenance. Prevent moss and algae with periodic use of a moss and algae killer. Remove tree sap immediately to maintain surface porosity and prevent staining.

Snow and Ice Maintenance:

Winter brings its challenges. Use non-toxic solutions like Magic Ice Melt to remove snow and ice. Avoid metal shovels or scrapers to prevent surface damage. Steer clear of rock salt to prevent stains and abrasions.

Colour Transfer Considerations:

Bonded rubber mulch offers an affordable alternative with recycled black rubber shred and a colour coating. Over time, colour may fade due to wear and UV exposure. Be aware of potential colour transfer onto users’ skin and clothing, and consider recoating as part of your maintenance plan.


In summary, the care of your bonded rubber mulch surface goes beyond aesthetics; it’s a commitment to safety and creating a welcoming playground. Regular inspections and timely maintenance not only prolong the surface life but also ensure a vibrant play space. Importantly, this dedication safeguards warranty terms, as many companies tie guarantees to recommended maintenance and inspection schedules. By following the outlined guidelines, you secure the longevity of your surface, enhance safety, and uphold the integrity of your warranty commitments for a reliable and enjoyable playground environment.

As members of the API, we adhere to their code of practice for impact attenuating surfaces. If you have any questions or would like to request a quote for playground wet pour repairs, please contact us.

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