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Maintenance 2018-05-03T23:47:51+00:00

Maintenance

The laying of a high quality synthetic turf pitch is only half the story. Maintenance is also essential for a lasting and consistence performance. Synthetic turf may be a low maintenance product, but it is not maintenance-free. Today’s pitches are intensively played and have to stand up to high levels of wear and tear all year long. Synthetic turf is also sensitive to soiling. If left uncleared, leaves, litter, algal growth and moss can cause sliding and lead to water leakage. Correct maintenance is therefore a ‘must’ if you want your synthetic turf sports pitches to continue performing at the highest level and to remain optimal.

A distinction is made between extensive specialist maintenance and day-to-day maintenance. If both types are carried out consistently and with care, this will extend and uphold the performance and life of the pitch. After all, maintenance = preservation of the pitch!

Edel Grass | Soccer
Edel Grass | Soccer

Maintenance Equipment

ATC Surface Cleaner

The ATC Surface Cleaner must only be used on flat even pitches; it is therefore suitable for small synthetic turf applications. The ATC Surface Cleaner has been specially designed to enable the simple and effective maintenance of synthetic turf, both indoors and outdoors. Using the ATC Surface Cleaner will produce a clean and tidy surface free of unwanted particles or other waste, a soft and uniform base and an even playing pitch.

ATC Surface Cleaner for synthetic turf: cleans, aerates and brushes

The ATC Surface Cleaner has a 2-metre coverage and can be pulled by a small sit-on mower, an ATV or a similar machine. The ATC Surface Cleaner is made of low maintenance materials: powder-coated aluminium, stainless steel and polycarbonate. No hydraulic or mechanical couplings are required.

The machine has three tools which are specially designed to perform separate tasks:

1. Surface cleaner

This function removes smaller particles and waste from the playing surface. The ATC Surface Cleaner employs a simple principle: a moving device made from polycarbonate presses into the artificial grass and due to the softness and flexibility of the surface, rubber surface dressing granules, particles etc. are lifted/bounce up onto a sieve.

The sieve is fitted with a ‘shaker wheel’ that creates a rapid side-to-side movement of the sieve. The sieve has a mesh size of approximately 6 x 14 mm. The rubber surface dressing granules fall through the sieve and are re-laid onto the playing surface. Other unwanted particles and objects remain in the sieve mesh. The pressure setting of the device is infinitely variable, and can be adjusted to the number of granules used and the type of artificial grass. Paper, gravel, cigarette butts, torn artificial grass fibres, tape, ice cream sticks, chewing gum, etc. are examples of objects that are removed by the ATC Surface Cleaner.

2. Aeration

The ATC Surface Cleaner is equipped with a special tool which is fitted with 60 x 3 mm steel prongs. Their function is to loosen the rubber surface dressing granules in the topmost layer of the surface (10-15 mm). This ensures that the topmost layer of grass and rubber granules remains soft and aerated. This device is also infinitely adjustable and can be lowered and raised according to requirements. It can also be set to a neutral position so that the tool is not in function, if so desired. If the surface has joints or is damaged, use of the tool should be avoided in these areas.

3. Brushing

The ATC Surface Cleaner is fitted with brushes that are specially made for artificial grass. The design and qualities of the brushes ensures that they avoid becoming clogged with loose grass fibres. The brush tool can be infinitely adjusted to the desired depth and height. Brushing ensures an even and level surface.

Technical Specifications

  • Length 1,640 mm
  • Width 2,100 mm
  • Height 290 mm
  • Weight 76 kg

Specialist maintenance

Extensive specialist maintenance is carried out twice a year. During this maintenance, the pitch is carefully inspected by specialist personnel using dedicated equipment.

Specialist maintenance begins with an inspection of the seams and line markings. Worn and loose areas are repaired. Weeds that have grown up around the pitch are removed. Any fencing and equipment on the pitch is also checked and repaired where necessary.

A maintenance machine is then used to clear dirt from the pitch. The infill is loosened. During this process, some of the algae and moss is removed. Finally, the pitch is re-dressed and brushed to restore its playing properties. The hard surfacing around the pitch is brushed clean and the drying mats are beaten.

Day-to-day maintenance

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.

Maintenance guidelines

Click here to download the Edel Grass artificial grass maintenance calendar. You can store this file in your computer or print it out and use it as a memory-jogger.

The following topics are covered:

  • Clearing litter
  • Removing chewing gum
  • Clearing leaves
  • Brushing
  • Localised topping up
  • Preventing weed growth
  • Preventing algal growth
  • Specialist maintenance
  • Checking seams
  • Sprinkling / humidifying
  • Snow, ice/frost and thaw