Maintaining synthetic turf surfaces can be a time consuming job and as we know the maintenance is critical to keeping the surface safe, extending lifespan and giving the playing characteristics demanded by users. Though it can be difficult to get the time required to maintain surfaces, facility managers see the closure of surfaces for maintenance as an unnecessary loss of revenue. The summer months can often bring respite to synthetic surfaces with school holidays and lighter evenings allowing non floodlit natural turf surfaces to be utilised for training and matches.
This down-time on the synthetic surface gives a welcome opportunity for more intensive maintenance, this is normally an ideal time to carry out a deeper clean or decompaction. The key to utilising this time is to slow the process down, not necessarily to work machinery more aggressively to attempt to achieve the same results in the same time period. Multiple passes will return better outcome whilst not overloading machinery or the surface. The drier summer weather will make the infill easier to work and the task of dust and debris extraction more rewarding. A full day of brushing in multiple directions followed by a day of cleaning with the Verti-Top can reverse the effects of missed maintenance through the busier periods.