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11-01-2022

4 Tips for Turf Sports Field Preparation – How to Ensure Your Multi-Sport Synthetic Field is Ready to Reopen

How do you care for a multi-sport synthetic turf field? Synthetic turf fields require routine maintenance to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Regular maintenance of your multi-sport turf field will keep costs low and your artificial turf field looking new. 

Ask yourself these four questions to create a care plan for your synthetic turf field. These questions will be your preparation guide to ensure your multi-sport synthetic turf field is ready to reopen. 

Synthetic Sports Field Preparation Questions: The checklist for preparing your artificial grass sports field before reopening

  • Have you inspected your field for debris and foreign objects?
  • Have you determined that infill depths are satisfactory?
  • Have you treated your field with a contact disinfectant to help tackle bacteria on the surface?
  • Have you walked your field to ensure there are no seam tears or trip hazards?

These questions will help you stay on track with your field maintenance goals and preparation. This checklist will give you the guidance you need to plan your field care budget, learn how to protect your turf, and what to do to create a high-performing turf surface.

What Do You Look For to Ensure Proper Care of a Multi-Sport Synthetic Turf Feld?

The care of your multi-sport artificial turf field includes testing, tools, and field maintenance routines. All of these factors ensure the safety, longevity, and consistent surface of your multi-sport artificial turf field.

The proper care of your multi-sport artificial turf field begins with a grooming practice and infill depth checks. It also consists of ensuring the field is safe before play by performing full-field repair checks and GMAX testing. Let’s break this down.

1. Deep Cleaning service

Being consistent in how often you groom your artificial grass field is essential to keeping your turf field consistent. For every 40 hours of play, you should groom your synthetic turf field. A weekly field sweep to clean any debris from the field is vital to the health and cleanliness of the turf. A garden leaf sweeper is able to pick up trash that is left behind after the field is used. Once a year, a deep cleaning service is recommended. This deep cleaning service uses equipment to remove debris that might be stuck in the turf, as well as fluff up the fibers. This service also includes an option to disinfect the field, which provides peace of mind during the busy sports seasons. 

2. Understanding the traffic patterns of the field

The flow patterns or traffic patterns of your artificial grass turf field will let you know where high-wear areas are located and where the low-wear areas are on your synthetic turf field. The parts that typically have highest wear are the entrance of the field or the area that is closest to the locker room entrance. Other frequently used areas are based on sports type, including soccer goal mouths, corner kicks, lacrosse creases, and penalty kicks to name a few. To keep your synthetic turf field in good condition, we recommend blocking off high-traffic areas, rotate practice locations of the field, and maintain a good infill depth. This will help to even out the wear on the turf and keep it in good condition.

Conducting a GMAX test is an important component to ensuring your synthetic turf field is operating at its best. GMAX testing will give you important data you need to know for field performance, as well as helping to monitor your field’s health as it ages. A GMAX test can also give you additional insight into if you need a top-off infill for your synthetic turf multi-sport field. Adding more infill to your artificial grass field will keep your turf standing up, help with accelerated wear, and ultimately keep your athletes safe. Are you looking for a GMAX test for your multi-sport field? 

3. Infill Maintenance and Infill Replenishment

Infill maintenance and infill replenishment are key to a consistent artificial turf field. Infill keeps the turf fibers standing tall and helps the system mimic the dirt profile found in natural grass. The tool to measure infill is called the infill depth gauge, which is a metal probe that detects and gauges the depth of the infill profile on the turf field. Every turf system installed can be different in terms of fiber height and density. The amount of infill and recommended infill level depths will depend on your overall turf system. Check with your manufacturer or installer if you are unsure.

4. Seeking Assistance for Repairs and Maintenance

There are times your field will need an expert to make repairs to your synthetic turf field or provide you with high-quality maintenance. Field assistance can consist of repairing issues related to inlay field markings, hash marks, panel seams, kick-offs, sinkholes, or low spots. If you notice a spot where players are tripping, that is an indication that a repair is needed. These issues require an expert to fix your artificial turf surface and keep your turf field lasting long-term.  Having a trained facilities team and maintenance plan are ways to prevent these issues from occurring.

How can Motz help you prepare your multi-sport synthetic turf field to stay consistent year-round and keep your turf field lasting long-term?

First, download your maintenance log and find out why you need to keep a sports turf field maintenance log. This free maintenance log will help you customize your facility’s processes and procedures.

Are you ready to start your maintenance plan? Great! Contact Motz to get your questions answered, create your customized plan, or get more information about maintenance repair for your synthetic turf sports field. 

Motz turf maintenance program provides you with full service and expert consulting to help you build a maintenance plan that will create a durable, safe, and low-maintenance artificial turf field. We provide testing, deep cleaning, and repairs within your customized maintenance program. We are proud to offer 24-hour repair response time and lifetime maintenance training. We also include GMAX testing for free in our annual deep clean service. 

What makes Motz unique within the turf maintenance industry is our fast service requests. We provide 24 hours of response time for a critical repair. We are a synthetic turf maintenance resource that is focused on providing high-quality care that supports our customers and keeps the performance of their artificial grass field for years. 

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