Depending on where in the country you live, bounce houses and other inflatables can be used for most of the year without a problem. But once water starts freezing, it’s a good idea to pack up your bounce house and keep it safely stored until spring starts warming things up again. And safely storing inflatables through the winter lets you enjoy them as much next year as you did this year.
Commercial inflatables are built tough. They’re durable enough to last a great many years if cared for properly. So making sure you’re storing your inflatables correctly during the upcoming winter months is crucial. And thankfully, it’s really not all that difficult to do.
Here’s the simplified list of steps for storing inflatables during the winter:
Of course, each of these points is a little more involved. So let’s describe storing inflatables long term in twelve simple steps. And should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below, contact us on social media, or just give us a call at 888-695-9227.
Storing your inflatables will involve a lot of moving them around. It’s quite common for some people to get tired during this process, especially if you’re not using a hand truck. And trying to carry a bounce house weighing hundreds of pounds is a nonstarter. So seriously consider investing in a hand truck or a dolly, and if that isn’t an option, at least avoid dragging your inflatables around, which can cause serious damage.
Mold and mildew can utterly destroy a bounce house, inflatable slide. So can caked up grime and debris. It’s very, very important you take the time to do a thorough deep cleaning of your inflatables before rolling them up for storage.
The most important thing you can do to combat and prevent mold and mildew is to ensure your bounce house is fully dry before attempting to store it. Storing inflatables wet practically guarantees you’ll see mold and mildew damage. Allow your bouncer to thoroughly dry in the sun, and go over it with towels as an extra measure. You can also use leaf blowers to dry bouncers and other inflatables.
Having just cleaned your bounce house, this might be an ideal time to patch up any rips, tears, or other damage you may have found. Inflatable repair kits are cost effective and easy to use. If you own a bounce house or another inflatable, we strongly recommend keeping a few repair kits in your garage or basement just in case. And if you’ve been putting off fixing minor damage, there’s no time better than the present to get it taken care of.
When storing inflatables long term, you’ll want to ensure they’re rolled up tightly, cleanly, and properly. But the gist of it is that you want to make sure you remove every last drop of air you realistically can and that the bouncer has been rolled up the right way.