How To Lubricate Your Mat Springs
Please read ALL instructions before applying lubrication.
New rebounder springs have a light coating which temporarily reduces friction noise. This coating wears away after a few hours of usage. This is a required break-in period prior to lubrication. When you receive your rebounder you may hear a “spring expansion” or “spring stretch” noise. This is normal. After the break-in period, however, the rebounder will start to squeak which is your sign to apply lubrication. Application of lubrication prior to the break-in period causes the springs to emit growling/screeching/scratching noises.
Lubrication is applied from the top side of the rebounder. Remove the optional frame skirt to expose all of the springs. Remove any existing lubrication and dirt from the contact points (where metal meets metal) by using a dry cloth.
Do Not lubricate the coils of the spring.
The "tear" notches of the 3cc lubrication package allow too much lubricant to flow and the shape of the packet is not always easy to manipulate when applying the grease. Cutting the packet with a scissors can make a nice application point which is somewhat easier.
If that does not work, some customers find the following method works better:
Remove most of the cotton from one end of a cotton swab to form an applicator. Some people will use a tooth pick as a small spatula. Place one hand on the barrel of the spring as you would grip a door knob. Rotate the spring as if you were turning the door knob.
As you rotate the spring body, you will see the spring pull away from the cleat slightly. Where the spring hook was touching the mat cleat you will see a small indentation. This is a locating point for where the spring rides and is formed into the cleat when it is manufactured. Place a small amount of grease as close to the indentation as you can.
The clevis pin that passes through the frame also needs lubrication. With the spring rotated, also place a small amount of grease in the chamfered hole where the spring hook enters the clevis pin.
Rotate the spring back and forth a few times as if you were jiggling the door knob. This helps the grease to begin migrating into the contact point. Bouncing on the rebounder will continue to move the grease into where it is needed.
The 3cc lube packet Needak supplies with each rebounder is enough to lubricate both ends of each of the 36 mat springs two time.
The synthetic grease Needak offers is an active and durable material. It is non-toxic and safe to use in your home, however, it does not wash off easily with soap and water.