Artificial turf pitches require maintenance the same way as natural turf. Regular maintenance using appropriate equipment and following the use instructions every day has a great impact on the playing characteristics of the artificial turf pitch and helps to prolong the lifetime of the turf.
Maintenance of an artificial turf pitch involves thorough daily, weekly, and yearly maintenance.
Daily maintenance includes removing debris from the pitch, inspecting the operational order of the drainage system and brushing the surrounding accesses to the pitch to prevent dirt and soil on footwear from being carried onto the artificial turf.
Weekly maintenance includes brushing of the pitch (after every 25–30 hours of use) with a special triangular brush to lift artificial turf fibres up again and to level the infill. In autumn, tree leaves also have to be removed to prevent the formation of humus, algae and moss, which reduce the quality of playing characteristics on the pitch. The edges of the pitch must also be cleaned from weeds.
At least once per month, the uniformity of the rubber infill under the goal, in the centre circle, and other frequently used areas has to be inspected. An uneven infill is levelled with a hand brush. If needed, infill is added before brushing.
At least once per year, the artificial turf pitch must undergo thorough maintenance, which includes removing and cleaning infill using special equipment, adding a uniform rubber infill layer on the pitch, followed by brushing the pitch. At least once per year, the joints and edges of the artificial turf covering are inspected and damaged areas of the artificial turf are repaired. Tree branches hanging above the pitch should be trimmed, as pollen makes the pitch sticky and difficult to clean.
Winter maintenance also includes the removal of snow, which must be carried out with a small tractor, the weight of which does not exceed 1.5 tonnes. To avoid damaging the artificial turf, the tyres of the tractor must be smooth and have a low pattern, and the angle of the plough must be adjustable and equipped with a touch-blade. Frozen areas should be melted with ordinary winter salt.
The solution offered by 5G Sport releases the club from the burden of maintaining the football pitch, as the monthly rental payment for the artificial turf includes regular maintenance using modern equipment. The football club and trainer are released from the burden of organising pitch maintenance and they can focus on their main activity – training the football players and organising competitions.
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