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Athletic Field Maintenance Checklist: Tips, Techniques, and Equipment For Your Staff

The tools, equipment, and techniques used to maintain your artificial turf field are essential to the longevity of the surface. It is important to have a maintenance plan for your sports field in order to keep it safe and consistent. Every sports field has different cleaning and grooming guidelines.

Check out our Athletic Field Maintenance Guide below to add new tips, equipment, and techniques to your artificial turf field maintenance training.

Athletic Field Maintenance Checklist For Artificial Turf Fields

How do you maintain an athletic artificial turf field?

1. Define Your Long Term Turf Goal for your Athletic Field

Make sure you have an Athletic Field Maintenance Checklist for your athletic artificial turf fields. The maintenance of a synthetic field is different from natural grass, but the purpose is the same. The purpose of cleaning and grooming your fields is centered on making your turf field last for years and providing a consistent and safe surface for your players. Defining the goal of your sports field will help you create a maintenance checklist for the year.

2. Create A Maintenance Routine for your Athletic Field

A synthetic turf athletic field maintenance checklist provides you with a daily and yearly grooming and deep cleaning plan. Having an Athletic Field Maintenance Checklist allows your field staff the opportunity to make sure your synthetic turf is operating in the best condition, brings awareness to any areas that may need repairs or attention, and helps your staff budget for the best quality products and field maintenance professionals. A maintenance routine helps everyone know how to maintain the field and improves communication with the grounds team.

3. Plan & Budget For Your Deep Cleaning of your Athletic Field

Deep cleaning, grooming, and management of your synthetic turf field are based on scheduling your weekly and daily maintenance routine. An annual deep cleaning is something you want to budget for since you will want a professional to make sure your field is up to date and can check if there are any repairs that may need to be made. A plan and professional deep cleaning service give your grounds team time to repair, replace, or replenish various components of your turf system such as seams and infill. Not only do you want a professional turf expert to deep clean your field, but also test the surface to make sure it is consistent throughout. GMAX testing and other turf tests are important to prepare for each year and that is why an Athletic Maintenance Checklist is imperative to your sports field management and care.

What your athletic field staff should know about your synthetic turf sports field

The top 4 sports field maintenance tips for your synthetic turf field

1. Groom your field every 40 years of play or every two weeks.

2. Test and deep clean your turf field yearly to maintain a level field surface.

4. Make sure you use the proper equipment to clean your turf field.

5. Do not clean or groom your sports field on Friday game day, instead groom the turf on Thursday to keep infill level throughout the surface.

Sports Field Maintenance Equipment To Consider

Grooming the surface of your synthetic turf field starts with having the correct equipment. You want to brush your turf field to maintain a consistent and clean surface. There are different kinds of brushes you can use to create a safe, clean, and high-performing field year-round. 

What bristle type do you need for sports field brushes?

Synthetic Fiber Bristles

These bristles are gentle on the turf field, but strong enough to remove debris.

Types of brushes to use to maintain your athletic field equipment

A static brush is used to keep the infill level and keep the turf fibers standing up. To remove debris you would use a mechanical sweeper. This type of equipment requires proper training to ensure you and the turf are safe when in use. The brush for both the static brush and the mechanical sweeper must be made of synthetic fiber bristles.


Types of Synthetic Turf Equipment Benefits of Synthetic Turf Equipment
Static Brush Keeps in the infill level and turf fibers standing up
Mechanical Sweeper Removes debris
Synthetic Fiber Bristles Synthetic Fiber Bristles Gentle on turf fibers

Sports Turf Maintenance Techniques

Every type of artificial grass sports field must be cared for differently. Why? Areas of high traffic impact the athlete’s performance and safety on the field. Having a field maintenance plan to care for these high-traffic areas is important for the durability and longevity of your sports field. This way you can maintain areas on your sports field that are used more than other areas and are more likely to become weak. Discover what areas on your field to pay attention to and what sports field maintenance technique we recommend you use to stop those areas from becoming an issue.


Sports Field Maintenance Techniques Sports Field Maintenance Technique Description
Surface Grooming Surface grooming is recommended every 40 hours of use or roughly once every two weeks, to maintain proper infill depth and place fibers in an upright position.
Infill Decompaction When using a conventional infill system, annual infill decompaction for high-use fields is necessary. Fields with more typical levels of use will need to be decompacted every 3-4 years.
Proper Infill Depth Add infill as needed to high-traffic areas to maintain proper infill depth. Proper infill level is critical to fiber performance and player safety.
Adding Infill Infill can be added by hand and spread with a broom or flexible leaf rake in smaller areas or spread with a powered groomer in larger areas.


Sports Type Pay Attention To These Artificial Turf Field Areas
Baseball and Softball Batter’s box Catcher’s box Umpire’s box First base area Second base area Pitcher’s mound On-deck circles Dugout entrance Coach’s box
Soccer Penalty Spot Corner Kick Goal Mouth Center Circle Face-off location Linesman paths Entrance from field house
Football Extra point line Team sideline areas Entrance from field house Between the hash marks Kick “x”
Lacrosse Penalty Spot Corner Kick Goal Mouth Center Circle Face-off location Linesman paths Entrance from field house
Multi-purpose Penalty Spot Corner Kick Goal Mouth Center Circle Face-off location Linesman paths Entrance from field house Extra point line Team sideline areas Entrance from field house Between the hash marks Kick “x”

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