Technical Swing Info
We use a soft high performance polyester yachting braid because it is strong, will not rot, has excellent UV resistance and looks good.
|Model||Rope||Size||Breaking Load||Safe working load|
|Solvej Swings||High Performance Polyesteryachting braid||10mm||2484kg||414 x 2 = 828kg|
For our standard Solvej swings we use a 100% acrylic canvas because it is rot proof and is the best outdoor furniture canvas on the market. It has a 5-year manufacturers warantee from fading. The Solvej Organic swing is made from 100% organic hemp canvas. We do not recommend leaving the organic swing outside.
The choice of timber has to fulfil the criteria of being naturally weather durable to avoid chemical treatment with the pollution that can come with that. It also has to come from a planted or sustainable source.
We are currently using Garapa which carries either independent FSC100% certification it is sourced from legal and wellmanaged resources; or independent VLO (Verified Legal Origin) certification.
Carabines and screw eyes(eye lags) are stainless steel.
The non-toxic acrylic water bound paint and the lacquer we use comply with DIN EN 71 part 3 standard for toxicity and DIN 53160 for sweat and saliva resistance. The oil we use is naturalnon toxic tung oil.
Caring For Your Swing
Fabric:The fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. Therefore regular cleaning is important to keep your fabric looking good. This is more likely to occur in humid climates and/or when the swing is hung outside under cover and is not naturally cleaned by the rain and sun.
When used in permanent outdoor situations the canvas should be brushed and hosed regularly to remove dust, bird droppings, etc. and other solid particles.
Water borne stains such as coffee, tea, red wines, etc. should be treated first by rinsing in cold water. If this is not sufficient, the canvas may be washed with a mild solution of soap (not detergent) in lukewarm water (max 38C, 100F) and rinsed thoroughly.
Stubborn soiling may require treatment with a non-chlorine bleach.
Wood: All timber goes naturally grey when exposed to the weather. If you wish to slow down the process of the timber going grey, oil often with any non toxic outdoor oil. Oil and wood are both organic matter. If dirt or other organic substances such as food, pollen or saliva are left on the wood it may go mouldy and the mould could enter the wood. This is more likely to occur in humid climates and/or when the swing is hung outside under cover and is not naturally cleaned by the rain and sun. Wipe down the bars regularly and especially when it has had dirty or sticky hands on it or been sucked on.
There are products on the market that will restore wood that has gone grey to its original colour if you want to.
The carbine clips make it very easy to move your swing so if you want to keep it looking it's best, simply store inside after each use.
The Solvej Baby toddler swing must be kept in the baby mode, with the leg divider on, and at a height where the bottom of the swing is minimum 600mm above ground level, until the child reaches 3 years old.
Check the ropes, hooks and eyes regularly for wear and tear.
The sun gradually breaks down the fiber in all ropes.
A safety surface under the swing is recommended.
Don't start to swing your baby until her/his neck is strong enough, approximately 6 months. Always support your baby well with cushions etc. until your baby grows into the swing.
Please remember a young baby should always be swung gently. Always use the safety belt.
Swing rule No 1
Keep a safe distance from someone swinging so they can't hit you.
Make sure every child that is in your home knows this rule. As you know how it is with children, you have to
remind the children of the rule over and over again.
Young children generally don't have a conception of measurement in metres so it is best to show them the distances or better still mark it.
Do it Yourself
Make your own swing stand
A stand can be made with 2 round poles, a cross bar, 2 ready mix concrete bags, 2 coach bolts and 2 eye bolts, all of which are available in most building material stores.
Dig two holes approximately 1,2m apart, from center to center (for one swing).
Check out the top of the poles, drill holes and bolt on the cross bar.
Drill holes for the eye bolts 500mm apart and fix them on with the eye facing forward so the clip will roll and not grind in the eye.
Nail two diagonal temporary supports on to the poles to keep them parallel while fixing them into the holes.
Nail a board (which is longer than the hole is wide) at a distance 100mm shorter than the hole is deep from the bottom of each pole.
Raise the stand up into the holes. The stand will now rest on those temporary boards you nailed on and leave a gap under the poles so there is room for concrete underneath. Brace the stand.
Mix and pore in the concrete.
Check with your local council for regulations (depth and size of the holes and timber dimensions, height restrictions and so on) and permits. If there is no rules ask your local building material merchant for advice.
The baby-toddler swing can be hung, with the rope provided, (with the swing down at the lowest for a toddler) at a height of up to 2.3 meters and 2.7 meters when in the position for the babyswing. For any higher extension ropes will be needed.
The child swing and Traditional Board Swing can be hung from a height of 3.3 meters without extension ropes
Babies and children love to swing.
Swinging has really great benefits for your baby and child.