A large number of UK gardens have some sort of swing in them. Be it a children’s set, a or a more elaborate, modern sofa-design with a canopy over, a swing is not an uncommon item in the Nations gardens. Sadly, rusted and squeaky swing sets are far too common too! Follow the tips in this guide and learn how to protect and an outdoor swing by properly maintaining it!  

Not all swings are created equally, but all swings do have mechanisms and parts that need looking after. Here are some top tips on how to get years of pleasure from your favourite garden entertainment… 

Read The Instructions Before Carrying Out Maintenance 

Most swings need some sort of assembly. If you’re eager to get up and swinging, you may overlook important points. It’s best to lay out all component parts on the ground in piles to check you aren’t missing any, and follow to the detail of every single instruction. Take the time to check anything you’re unsure of. (You can find most things nowadays on YouTube if you’re not a keen reader!). 

Safety First – Check Swing Attachments 

If you’ve had your swing for a while, or have recently moved into a new home that already has a swing, it’s important to check all the attachments. Whether your swing has chains or a rope,  attatch them to the frame appropriately. To protect you , tighten any nuts, bolts and screws often as they can wear loose with use. Check ropes for any signs of fraying and check chains for damaged links. Replace anything that looks remotely suspect! You want to swing in safety.! 

Clean Your Swing Regularly 

Whether your swing is made from wood, metal or just rope, you should give it a good clean from time to time to keep it in tip top condition. Start with any soft furnishings, such as cushions or canopies. These are usually made of an ‘outdoor’ fabric which is coated with a waterproofing agent. So, you can simply wipe them down with some soapy water. Similarly, most wooden swing sets are pre-treated with a weather resistant coating, so it’s easy to spray off any dirt and grime with a hosepipe and then let dry. 

Metal swing sets can be a bit more problematic, as metal doesn’t like water too much. For these, we recommend rubbing on some soapy water on a cloth, and then wiping off to avoid too much water impacting the metal. 

Preventing Squeaking 

There’s nothing worse than that creaking noise a troubled swing can make! The repetitive high-pitched groan is enough to spoil any lazy afternoon lounging, and make you fast-foot it indoors. Stop the unnecessary annoyance in its tracks with WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw. Simply spray the product into the squeaking hinge or bracket, using the flexible straw function to get into the small nooks and crannies of the hinge.

Protect Your Outdoor Swing By Tackling Rusting 

Modern swings can be eye-catching objects in the garden, and need to be kept spick and span. If disaster strikes and the metal does get too wet and starts to rust or worse still, corrode, help is at hand with WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw.. Start by brushing off excess rust with a wire brush, and then add some of the handy lubricant to a cloth and rub over the affected patch.  

Prevent any future rusting by coating all of the metal parts of the swing with WD-40®. Let the swing dry and product will create a protective coating. This will prevent any rust from forming and allow you years more swinging pleasure.

No matter what material your swing is made from, its possible that it will have lots of joints, hinges and ironmongery that can all benefit from some WD-40® TLC! Look after your swing and it will repay you with years of fun and relaxation! If you found this handy guide useful, why not check out some of our other gardening blogs here. You’ll discover how to carry out trampoline maintenance and much more!