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Keeping your sports facilities in top condition is crucial for the safety and enjoyment of athletes and spectators alike. In this guide, we’ll share some essential tips for maintaining a variety of sports and play surfaces, ensuring they remain safe, functional, and visually appealing.

1.      Polymeric Sports Surfaces

For polymeric surfaces, regular sweeping to remove debris is essential. Monitor for signs of wear, especially in high-traffic areas. Periodic washing with a mild detergent and water can help maintain its texture and grip. Inspect for any small tears or damages and repair them promptly to prevent them from worsening.

2.      3G Sports Grass

3G sports grass requires brushing to keep the fibres upright and even. Remove debris and leaves to prevent drainage problems. Check infill levels regularly and replenish as needed to maintain optimal playing characteristics. Avoid overuse in wet conditions to prevent compaction and damage.

3.      MUGAs – Multi-Use Games Areas

MUGAs thrive on versatility but require specific care. Sweep regularly to remove debris and inspect for any signs of wear or damage. Line markings should be maintained for clarity. Drainage is key; ensure surfaces are clear of blockages to prevent waterlogging.

4.      SUDS Bond

SUDS bond surfaces, known for their sustainable drainage systems, require regular clearing of debris to maintain their permeability. Regular inspections for any blockages or damage are key. Cleaning with a mild detergent and water can help to remove any buildup and keep the surface in top condition.

5.      Wet Pour

Wet pour surfacing is low maintenance but not maintenance-free. Remove debris regularly, and consider an occasional power wash using a specialist surface cleaner. This helps remove grime, algae, moss, and sand, which is especially prevalent in areas surrounding trees. Such cleaning revitalises the surface’s appearance and ensures its safety and functionality.

6.      Play Grass

Play Grass surfaces require minimal maintenance. Regular sweeping to remove leaves and debris is essential. Periodic re-dressing with sand may be necessary to maintain its optimal condition. This simple maintenance routine helps preserve the surface’s appearance and playability, making it a durable choice for play areas.

7.      Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch surfacing, popular in playgrounds and recreational areas, demands regular attention to maintain its integrity. Begin with routine debris removal to prevent organic matter accumulation, which can lead to mould or weed growth. An occasional deep clean using a gentle power wash can refresh the surface, removing grime and dirt trapped within the mulch. Be cautious with the water pressure to avoid displacing the mulch. Inspect the surface for any signs of compaction or displacement, especially in high-traffic areas, and redistribute or replenish the mulch as needed. This ensures consistent shock absorption and safety for users.

8.      Resin Bound Gravel

Resin bound gravel, with its smooth finish and porous nature, is ideal for pathways and sports areas. Regular sweeping is crucial to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris. This prevents the buildup of organic matter, which can lead to moss or algae formation. Washing the surface with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner can help maintain its pristine appearance and prevent staining. Periodically, check for loose stones or uneven areas that may need re-binding. In winter, use a plastic shovel for snow removal and avoid corrosive de-icing salts that can damage the resin.

9.      Sports Surface Maintenance

A well-planned maintenance routine for sports surfaces like polymeric tracks ensures longevity and efficiency. Keeping these surfaces clean and free from debris is essential. Maintenance for artificial grass sports surfaces includes debris removal and decompaction of the sand/rubber infill to maintain aesthetics and performance.

Repairs and Professional Maintenance

Timely repairs are crucial for the longevity of sports and play surfaces. Use repair kits for DIY repairs on wet pour or rubber mulch surfaces, typically include a binder and matching material. Follow instructions carefully to ensure a seamless repair.

For more complex issues, professional maintenance services are advisable. These services can handle more extensive repairs, including:

  • Patching
  • Shrinkage repairs
  • Respraying faded surfaces
  • Relining faded markings.

Professional teams have the expertise and equipment to thoroughly clean and rejuvenate surfaces, ensuring they meet safety standards and perform as intended. Regular professional maintenance is especially beneficial for high-use areas or surfaces showing signs of wear, ensuring they remain safe, attractive, and functional for the longest time.

Effective maintenance is key to extending the lifespan and ensuring the safety of sports and play surfaces. Get in touch with us if you are looking for specific repair or surface clean.