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In part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the do’s and don’ts of synthetic turf sports field maintenance. In Part 2, we are taking a closer look on the key areas of maintenance you should conduct regularly.
Regular turf maintenance is actually quite simple, especially compared to the protocol for natural grass field maintenance, which demands much more time, energy, and money.
The main task involved in artificial grass maintenance is grooming, an uncomplicated practice of raking a commercial turf brush over the entire infilled surface. Be sure to accompany grooming with careful observation. Look for changes to your infill levels and any damage to the seams, carpet, or inlay.
You’ll want to groom your artificial grass sports field one time for every 40 hours of play, and it typically takes school and recreation facilities two weeks to log that many hours of use during a regular sports season. Additional grooming is necessary when the frequency or intensity of usage increases.
Routine grooming keeps the surface free from debris and also ensures that your synthetic turf system performs optimally.
Maintaining proper infill depth is critical to your field’s long life and performance. Measure and compare infill levels with an infill depth gauge to ensure they are consistent and at the optimal height.
STEP 1 Turn black knob to loosen depth gauge
STEP 2 Place white footplate firmly on infill surface
STEP 3 Slide center shaft down until it makes contact with turf backing
STEP 4 Lift out and read gauge in inches or millimeters
STEP 5 Note, you should check 2 or 3 areas at each location to get the average infill for that test area
STEP 6 Test wear areas more frequently as these areas are usually where the infill is dispersed more frequently
Check out this informative video for step-by-step visual instructions.
Also, keep in mind that most infills do not break down, they often are just redistributed to other areas of the playing surface. Proper grooming will help to even out the infill better than the addition of more infill.
The optimal maintenance plan essentially comes down to basic grooming and observing. With a little bit of attention and care (and the right infill), your artificial grass turf sports field will perform well for over a decade!
Do you have additional questions about the maintenance practices of your synthetic turf sports field? The Infills team is happy to help; reach out today.