With winter well and truly on its way, it’s important to ensure that your sports court stays intact for the harsh and unpredictable British weather. A well-maintained court is essential for high performance and longevity, so as the cold weather hits, take a note of the following tips we’ve put together that will ensure your court stays in good condition for years to come:
Clear the debris – Keep your court free of any debris during the winter to avoid any discolouration or stains that can be caused by foreign matter such as leaves. A leaf blower or broom will work well in removing leaves and make sure you rake them regularly to ensure your court is kept debris free. A cold water detergent solution and soft brush can help to remove any stains left by leaves, moss or mildew.
Prevent the freeze – Frost and snow can cause problems with the seams and joints of artificial pitches – and in some severe cases, can close down a pitch completely. Rock salt and grit should be avoided at all costs as these could lead to contamination of the surface but a spread of Pure Dried Vacuum (PDV) salt across the surface can help prevent the carpet from freezing as it will dissolve, so less likely to cause damage or contamination. PDV salt can be sourced from Bradleys directly, so contact us here to find out more.
Remove the nets – If you have an outside court, like a tennis court, remove the nets and store them away for the winter months as the snow and ice can cause damage to the nets which will be useless for when the warmer weather makes an appearance and the season starts again.
Efficient equipment – Using the wrong equipment on a court can cause serious damage and affect play so ensure you use the correct equipment to clean your sports court. Brooms made with soft nylon or hair-like bristles are ideal for scrubbing or sweeping – although try not to scrub too vigorously as the hard bristles can damage the surface. Water brooms can be great for tennis courts as they are quicker to clean and use less water saving on cost and time.
Professionally does it – Due to the damage that winter weather can bring to a sports court, it’s always best for a professional decompaction and clean to take place, which will remove the dust and fine particles and ensure the surface doesn’t become over compacted and suffer from poor drainage.