Playground Maintenance and Repair Guide

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How do you maintain an outdoor playground?

Congratulations! You have chosen a high-quality product that, with proper maintenance, will withstand the test of time and many years of use.

As the owner, you are responsible for maintaining the playground and its surroundings to ensure all play structures remain safe. In order to protect children's safety and enhance the play experience, a regular maintenance routine must be in place once your outdoor playground is installed. A proper playground maintenance routine involves everything from regular cleaning and upkeep of the grounds to scheduled playground inspections, checking for hazards, ensuring the equipment is in working condition, and making any necessary equipment updates, repairs, or replacements.

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How to play safe

It's time to look at the best way to ensure all play structures and surrounding surfaces are regularly inspected and maintained.
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A clean playground is a safe playground. Ensure litter, debris, and leftover food are removed from the playground to prevent injuries and control pests. You should also ensure adjacent areas and walkways are clean and accessible as well. We recommend cleaning of the play space to be carried out on a daily basis.

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Over time, some bolts may become loose through heavy use, and play structures can become undone or wobbly. When this happens, loose components can cause a dangerous pinch, crush, or cut. Therefore, all nuts, bolts, fasteners, and screws must be checked periodically to maintain a safe playground environment for all.

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Occasionally, parts may need to be repaired due to breakage or wear. These items must be addressed immediately to avoid dangerous conditions. All equipment repairs should be completed following maintenance manual instructions. If broken equipment is not immediately repairable, action must be taken to restrict access to the play structure.

Why is regular playground maintenance important?

Timely playground inspections and maintenance are vital for ensuring the safety of children visiting the playground. Additionally, while all KOMPAN play structures are carefully designed and manufactured with safety features in compliance with current standards, following our maintenance instructions is also necessary for the products to be covered by the KOMPAN General Warranty.

Keeping children safe
A regular maintenance routine goes hand in hand with keeping children safe
Protecting your investment
Diligent maintenance will prolong the life and quality of your playground
Complying with safety standards
Your playground must comply with regional safety standards at all times
Enhancing the play experience
A memorable play experience ensures children come back again and again

Why use a professional commercial company?

KOMPAN installation teams worldwide have years of experience in the playground industry. As such, we offer customers the most in-depth guidance on inspections and repairs to ensure your sure playground is maintained to the highest standards.
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1. Inspection recommendations

KOMPAN is ready to assist you with a variety of playground inspections. We can recommend one of our trusted third-party vendors to provide inspection services.

These inspections include:

  • Visual inspection

  • Functional inspection

  • Safety inspection

2. Maintenance resources

To ensure the longevity of your playground equipment, we provide complete maintenance, repair, and replacement resources on KOMPAN Master.

Here, you can find in-depth guidance on:

  • Tightening loose fasteners

  • Fitting missing parts

  • Replacement of broken or worn parts

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3. After-sales support

Even though our playground structures are designed to withstand the test of time, you may find yourself in need of after-sales support.

We can assist you with:

  • Robinia maintenance

  • Spare part support

  • Warranty claims

Maintenance resources


On KOMPAN Master, you can find all relevant product information and installation instructions. This is also where you'll find maintenance guides and checklists.

Below are the steps to access this information online at any time:

  1. Open the webpage:

  2. Scroll towards the bottom of your screen. In the product number box, enter the number of your product, and click on "Product Search."

  3. Once the correct product is found, enter your product's purchase date and foundation type, click the arrow, and then click the "Find Spare Parts" button.

  4. From here, you can open the instructions directly or download a complete copy of every instruction in PDF format.

You can learn more about how to use KOMPAN Master in the KOMPAN Master Guide found in the left side menu.

Robinia Maintenance

Wood adapts to the local humidity, which may cause openings alongside the end of the post. This is a normal occurrence that applies to all wood species, including Robinia. Typically, this is not a safety or quality issue. However, routine inspections and maintenance are vital.

You can retrieve a comprehensive guide on maintaining and repairing a KOMPAN Robinia products as well as completing a correct repair if needed right here.

PIP Surfacing Maintenance

Poured-in-place (PIP) surfacing is a seamless, unitary rubber surface for playgrounds, offering safety, accessibility, and minimal maintenance. While Poured-in-Place surfacing is an extremely low-maintenance surfacing option, it's still important to conduct regular inspections to detect any damage. Doing so will help to maintain the safety and integrity of the play space.

When is the right time to replace playground equipment?

1. An unused playground is a clear sign that you need to consider updating your playground equipment or that your playground is out of date.

2. You receive complaints from concerned parents or users of the playground, which is a clear sign that there is a safety issue to be addressed.

3. There is broken equipment beyond repair. If this is the case, it's time to call in the playground or maintenance experts.

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IPEMA Certified to ASTM F1487

‘In the interest of playground safety, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides a Third Party Certification Service whereby a designated independent laboratory, TÜV SÜD America Inc., (TÜV), validates an equipment manu-facturer’s certification of conformance to the ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, except sections 7.1.1, 10, 13.1.1, 13.1.2, 13.2, and 13.3; to CAN/CSA Z614 Children’s Playspaces and Equipment, except clauses 10 and 11; or both. A list of current validated products and components may be viewed at’