Day-to-day maintenance involves work that can be carried out by the club or local authority itself. The regular performance of this work extends the life of the synthetic turf pitch.
Day-to-day maintenance starts with the removal of rubbish from the pitch. This mainly takes the form of litter, leaves and pine needles. The litter is first blown into a pile, then removed with a plastic or rubber rake.
Brushing is essential to keep the pitch even. This reduces ‘compacting’ of the mat, discouraging algal and moss growth, as does the use of approved weed-killers.
During day-to-day maintenance, the pitch itself (seams and line markings) and the sprinkler installation must also be checked for faults. If any faults or deficiencies are detected, the supplier must be notified immediately so that they can be rectified.
When a pitch is delivered, the sports club or local authority is given detailed instructions on maintenance, together with a day-to-day maintenance handbook. In the event of doubt, the client can always contact the supplier for advice.