There is no doubt that the introduction of artificial playing surfaces some 25 years ago has been fundamental in changing the way many people play a whole raft of sports. The revolution was most effectively felt in the sports of football, tennis, hockey and cricket – arguably changing the future of some of them forever. Unsurprisingly in the early days of these new facilities much of the industry effort was channelled into researching and developing the best surfaces possible, this continues today in respect of alternative yarns, pile depths, and infills.
However the one area of the industry that became neglected was the area of carpet upkeep and maintenance. There was an original perception that a surface that we as not organic and had a benign infill was not going to be in need of a specialist maintenance regime. It soon became clear that even an artificial turf will need input in terms of preserving the surfaces’ appearance and playing ability.
As a result of this we recommend that a regime of maintenance, however basic, needs to be implemented. To give you a helping hand, here are Playrite’s top tops for maintaining the appearance and longevity of your synthetic grass pitch:
Establish a maintenance regime
However basic, this is something that needs to be thought about after the project has been completed. Most regimes consist of what needs to be done on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and this depends on how often the pitch is used
Keep it clean
Remove all litter, debris, leaves, twigs and weeds and keep the pitch as clean as possible
Secure the area
If possible, make sure the location is secure and that gates are locked every night
No Smoking, and definitely no chewing gum
Making your sports pitch a no smoking and no chewing gum zone will prevent the pitch from unnecessary damage
Distribute the infill
The mechanics of many carpets rely on the correct distribution of its infill, and also that this infill remains uncontaminated. Frequent drag brushing or matting of the surface helps to pull any displaced infill back to the high use areas, as well as removing larger pieces of debris.
For a high use pitch, ideally you want to be checking the seams for damage on a weekly/monthly basis
If in doubt….
If you have any questions or queries about your synthetic surface, then contact the manufacture directly.
As time goes by and carpets and infill’s become more subtle in their variety, maintenance procedures will slightly differ. Manufactures such as Playrite are happy to supply important bespoke maintenance information across a range of products in conjunction with organisations like Technical Surfaces.
We realise that the surfaces represent a huge outlay for the operators and the need for these facilities to play as well as possible and for as long as possible is paramount. At least now it’s not a question of whether to maintain or not, just a question of what type and amount of maintenance is required.