19 Apr How DIY maintenance can destroy your court
All courts need work and there is plenty you can do yourself to keep your play area in tip top shape.
But some jobs are best left to the professionals.
Trying to save money by doing specialised maintenance jobs yourself can result in costly problems.
Over the years we’ve seen courts seriously damaged by well-meaning owners who don’t have the knowledge or equipment to do the job properly.
High-pressure hoses seem like a good way to remove stains or stubborn built up grime from your court but they should never be used because they cause extensive damage to the surface.
The same applies to harsh chemicals, which can eat through the surface resulting in the need for expensive repairs.
All courts suffer wear and tear which can be addressed with professional maintenance. The main problems include compaction of high traffic areas (this applies to synthetic courts), build up of mud and moss due to poor drainage and dirt from air pollution causing surfaces to become slippery.
At Courtmaster we use specially designed commercial equipment that breaks up crusted areas on your surfaces and removes algae, dust and other contaminants.
The court is then treated with a purpose made algaecide.
These large scale cleaning jobs are too specialised for DIY.
But there is plenty you can safely do yourself that will go a long way to keeping your court looking great for years to come.
What you can do yourself:
- Keep leaves off the court by blowing as often as possible.
- Remove dirt from the court, using a broom.
- Use sport shoes with non-marking soles when on the court.
- Place padding under equipment (even chairs) to avoid damage to the surface.
- Make sure your drains are clear so water doesn’t collect on the court resulting in the build up of mud, moss and weeds.
At Courtmaster we can compile a condition report on your court and establish a regular maintenance program which is computer tracked and sends you a reminder when your next scheduled maintenance is due. Contact us for more info.