I am impressed by how sturdy this is. I was concerned at first because when assembled to a tall peak, it is not straight. It bows at the joints simply from the weight of the slide. But my kiddos have climbed on it everyday for several weeks now, ages 3 to 7, and it has held up. Assembling it is easy but takes some time when doing it alone. Cleaning is simple, I use a tablespoon of soap diluted in about a gallon of water and wipe it all down, looks good as new.