A bounce house can be a fantastic source of summer entertainment and recreation. However, in order to keep it properly working, you will need to keep it clean every day after use, making sure to provide proper maintenance to all of its areas. Cleaning your bounce house is a task that all owners of these inflatable devices must carry out, but it has many long-term benefits, such as extending the lifespan of your bounce house by many years. Generally, techniques for cleaning your bouncer will remain the same, but there can be special cases.

The proper cleaning procedure, for use at the end of the day’s bouncing, will generally be the same. First, make sure that all bounce house users have exited the inflatable before you start the cleaning process. Once all have exited, an adult or parent should then enter the bounce house with cleaning supplies. Keep the bounce house inflated during clean-up, as the interior of the bounce house will be much harder to clean when deflated. Any dry material that has made its way inside of the inflatable structure, such as grass, dirt, or sand, can safely be swept out of the bouncing area with a broom, or sucked out with a vacuum. Any wet substances such as water, can be safely cleaned up with a wet towel, paper towel or mop. The materials that make up the bounce house will be able to withstand choice amounts of water specifically designed for clean-up procedures. Once the inside of the bounce house has been cleaned out, exit the bouncer. From there, wipe down the exterior of the bounce house with spare towels. Once this is complete, then it is safe to unplug and de-attach the blower from the bounce house, which should now be fully clean.

However, there can be some emergency situations where the bounce house will not be able to be properly cleaned following the steps above. In poor weather conditions, like rain, snow, or hail, the bounce house will be subjected to the elements, and will likely end up very wet as a result. As before, have all parties exit the bounce house as quickly and safely as possible, and escort them indoors, out of the bad weather. Turn off and unplug the blower, and attempt to cover both the blower and the outlet with a tarp or protective covering to prevent electrical damage and injury. As the bounce house slowly deflates in the weather, also attempt to cover it with a tarp, if at all possible. Once the weather has subsided, remove the tarps and re-inflate the bounce house. Wipe down the entire surface, interior and exterior, with dry towels. Seek assistance from others if necessary; just make sure that the bouncer is completely dry. If you feel that no more rain will strike for the rest of the day, feel free to re-open the bounce house to the public. As long as you are quick to respond to the poor weather, your bounce house should not undergo serious damage.

Another serious type of emergency that can occur in a bounce house is if any bounce house user, or users, become injured while bouncing. If any user starts to bleed while inside of the bounce house, it is a situation that must be dealt with immediately. The same goes for any other bodily fluids that may be accidentally spilled while the bounce house is in use. In this situation, once again clear out any bouncers immediately. Seek help from another adult to slowly carry the injured person out from the bouncing area. While the injured or sick participants are treated by other parents and adults, gather your cleaning supplies and enter the bounce house.  Grab a wet towel or mop and wipe down the entire interior surfaces of the bounce house. Use soap and water vigorously on the infected area first; afterwards, clean off the entire rest of the insides to quarantine and dispose of any possible infection. Once the bounce house has been cleaned and sterilized, it’s once again up to you whether or not bouncing should continue for the day. Always remember to be prepared in case of an emergency, as they always strike without warning!