How to Sanitize a Bounce House

Steps to clean and sanitize a bounce house:

  1. Blow up the bounce house on a tarp first, it will be much easy to clean by doing so.
  2. Wash and scrub the inflatable bouncer with soap and water, make it wet and get rid of dirt.
  3. Now apply disinfectant on the bounce house, leave it for several minutes. Remember to wear gloves if required by the disinfectant product you use.
  4. Lastly, cleanse the whole surfaces with water again and let it air dry for several hours.

Due to current pandemic (Covid 19), it is apparently critical to disinfect a bounce house first before use. If you are a parent, you have bought a small bouncy castle or toddler inflatable bouncer for your little kids, then the burden of cleaning falls on you. If you rent a bounce house from a local rental company, then it is their duty.


First, you need to know the difference between a sanitizer and a cleaner. A sanitizer kills bacteria and virus, on the other hand, a cleaner’s job is to detach dirt and stain. So normally, apply cleaner first then go to the sanitizer for the kill. However, things have changed, most of all purpose cleaners nowadays claim they are also able for sanitizing.

A vital process for effectively killing germs is to make the thing (in this case, bounce house) about to be cleaned wet, and leave the disinfectant on the treated surface for some amount of time. Because it takes time for sanitizers to destroy virus and bacteria. Read the label on the product and find out how much time is needed. Generally, it is between 5 minutes to 10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you power wash a bounce house?

A: No, it will tear up the plastic materials.

Q: Do I have to sanitize it every time?

A: Yes, you never know when and how a dangerous microorganism gets onto the bouncer. The enemy is invisible.

Q: How to make the whole cleaning and sanitizing process faster?

A: Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this. You’ll have to spare some hours for the work.

Q: Can I hire a bounce house cleaning company or service?

A: If you can find one and you trust them, sure.

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