Do you have a swing set in your backyard?
Do you always find yourself treating skinned knees or bruised arms when your little ones jump out of their swings?
Have you considered using playground mats for under swings to help prevent this?
Using a rubber mat under your playground swing, even if it’s in your own backyard, is a great way to keep your kids safe and booboo-free when they’re playing outside. Little ones love to jump off of swings or use them in nontraditional ways, like spinning around in them, so ensuring that the ground below is safe and soft is always important.
In this article, you’ll find five of the best playground mats for you to use under your backyard swing set. You’ll be able to find something that’s the perfect size for your yard and your swing, no matter what you’ve got to work with. And even if you’re shopping on a budget, you should be able to find a great high-quality mat to keep your kids safe when playing on the swings.
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Go with the Gorilla Playsets Kids Play Area Ground Protection Mat when you need a pack of two average-sized mats to cover the space below your swings. These mats are 24 inches long by 40 inches wide and made of rubber. They come in black for a long-lasting neutral appearance that will blend in well with just about any backyard. Although they are not recycled, these rubber mats are still a great way to keep your kids safe in the yard.
With the KidWise 1.5 Inch Fanny Pads, you can protect the space directly under your child’s swing or you can keep your little one safe when sliding instead. This pack of pads comes with two separate pieces, of which are 23 inches long by 38 inches wide. These pads weigh 35 pounds each, which is much lighter than some of the others on our list, but still plenty heavy enough to stay in place when your child jumps or slides on them. Choose between three different colors and enjoy all the benefits of a high-quality recycled rubber play mat for your little one to land on!
Choose these IncStores Playground Slide Mats for a great easy-to-use option when you need just a little extra protection for your kids. These are smaller mats that may not be big enough for a full-size playset or swing set, but if you have a single swing, you can get a lot of use out of these slide mats. Each mat is 2 feet wide by 4 feet long and can come in either black, green, red, or earthtone. Place your mat under your child’s swing or use it at the foot of the slide for best results.
The IncStores Playground Mats With Beveled Sides is a great way to keep your kids from getting hurt when sliding or jumping out of the swing set. Place them on the ground and rest assured that your little ones will be unable to move them out of place even when they play and run on them frequently. These mats are 36 inches by 36 inches square and feature beveled edges that keep them from becoming a tripping hazard for your kids.
Opt for IncStores Playground Swing Mats when you need several mats to cover a wider space or many different spaces in your backyard. These mats are 32 inches long by 54 inches wide each, and you can purchase either an individual mat or a pack of five depending on your needs. Choose between four different colors and enjoy the safety and security of a comfortable, soft place for your kids to play outside.
Now that you’ve found the right playground mat, you may be tempted to just throw it down and leave it without really checking in on it at any point. However, it’s always a good idea to keep these mats clean and in good condition. A little bit of playground mat maintenance goes a long way toward ensuring that these rubber mats won’t wear out too quickly and won’t become more of a safety hazard than a safety precaution for your kids.
Use an indoor/outdoor shop vac to vacuum the mats every so often. Use a nylon mop and warm, soapy water to clean any stubborn stains or spots off of the mats. You may be able to use something like Pinesol to clean the mats, especially if you have a problem with the rubbery smell they tend to have when they’re brand-new. And when all else fails, at least remember to rinse the mats off using your garden hose every time you mow the lawn.
All of these tips will help you extend the life of your rubber playground mats and keep them looking and working great for years, no matter how much foot traffic they get from your little ones.