When William Blake penned the phrase “in England’s green and pleasant land” I don’t think he had an old Astroturf tennis court or synthetic grass hockey pitch. After, in some cases, just a few years they can turn into a nightmare for the owner, with brown sludge in patches all over and dead moss deeply rooted into the sand infill. For the owner of such a facility it must seem as if all is lost, as every effort to brush the surface clean produces no noticeable effect with the sludge appearing again at the first heavy downpour, of which there has been more than just a few this Spring. Then when they do get a break in the weather and succeed in killing off the moss and algae it all re appears with, wait for it, yes even more rain!! I can imagine the feeling of despair as the owner of a beautiful country house looks over the garden in the morning, from their kitchen window, and sees the tennis court like a blott on the landscape.
Sweepfast have had more than just a few such situations to deal with, and I’m sure more than once has a potential customer been scornful that nothing can be done and that replacement is the only way forward. This is brought on by installation companies only interested in selling a new surface and condemning the old one to the grave, or the skip!! And there’s another valid point to be made here, as we’re all doing our best to minimize landfill and re-cycle, why is it that old surfaces like these are ripped up and sent to the tip when with a bit of effort and money they can be back in service again in almost as new. The thing with many private synthetic grass tennis courts and a lot of synthetic grass hockey pitches is that as long as the seams are intact they will show very little signs of wear, and the only issue is the infill which is contaminated and refuses to allow any rain water to pass through.
Sweepfast have developed this Hydrofast System of refurbishing these surfaces using high pressure water which is fed into a machine that travels up and down the court or pitch very slowly driving out the infill, and contamination and removing it from the surface and even washing the fibres clean as it goes leaving behind an almost as new tennis court or hockey pitch. When the job is just half way through and the customer can see the comparison between the old and the new the difference is just staggering, but the best of all is the look on the owners face when their beautiful artificial grass sports facility handed back looking pristine, is extremely rewarding.
Once completed these sand filled surfaces can be easily maintained by a little effort every week or every day during Autumn and Spring, with such tools as the Cleansweep which will enable the user to clean a tennis court of litter, leaves, blossom, twigs etc etc in just 10 minutes, then use of a either a hand pulled weighted dragbrush or for the larger surfaces a towed weighted dragbrush, then regular moss and algae treatment with a suitable chemical will go a long way to keeping it free of contamination for years to come. Then once yearly it must be deep cleaned by a contractor using such machinery as the Hoerger SKU to remove deeply embedded debris and lift the fibres upright again.
Sweepfast can be contacted on 0121 747 9255 for a free site visit to discuss a rescue package to restore your facility.
See the gallery below for examples of the whole process:
Honda engines are super reliable as we know, but when they need replacing the costs are very high. However Loncin produce a range of engines that reflect the Honda range and are a fraction of the cost.
For example a 13hp GX390 replacement from Loncin is £384.00 incl VAT and represents a saving of about 50% over the Honda equivalent. These engines have been in use at Sweepfast for about 3 years now and only one serious failure has occurred. These engines are run for 10 hours a day at full throttle making it a good test of the durability of these little engines.
Moss and algae are becoming an unsightly persistent nuisance to anyone who manages outdoor areas for public or private access. The slippery surface created when damp can also be a health and safety issue too. The search is continuously in progress to find / create a product that treats both types of growth without being a hazard to wildlife and humans alike. Many good products such as Algon will produce a safe, almost instant kill on surface moss without being a hazard to users and wildlife, although this product, like many others, is intended to be used as a surface cleaner, some are intended to be used as a wood preservative but have found favour in the treatment of moss and algae.
Sweepfast Ltd have been trialing, for some time now, in conjunction with RBT, a new variation with their existing RBT247 product. There have been mixed successes with this product in the past but it seems that now the way is clear to market a product that really works and, possibly the most exciting aspect of this product is that over time, it keeps on working! We have seen in the past with the previous blends of this product, where the sprayers have been filled up, there is no sign of moss and algae returning even after 6 months of damp weather, and with the new blend this will be a major influence for commercial users to switch to this product. It will mean that after an initial dense treatment then further treatments at a reduced rate moss and algae will be under control, and as time progresses these periods of treatment can be extended making it an economical product to use.
Further trials will continue and any results will be posted here
Outdoor sporting surfaces MUST be maintained constantly to provide a uniform surface to allow players to compete safely and effectively, and synthetic sporting surfaces are no exception. With the standard of maintenance demanded on all surfaces getting higher the demand on machinery and contractors is increasing. Sweepfast Ltd. are fortunate with the back up that they have from the major manufacturers in the synthetic sports surface industry from all around the world and constantly keep ahead of machinery and maintenance process demands
Sweepfast are in an enviable position of being able to offer a wide range of artificial turf, Astroturf™ or artificial grass maintenance services to many sports facilities, specializing in synthetic hockey pitch maintenance, synthetic football pitch maintenance, synthetic tennis court maintenance, whilst also providing hard surface refurbishment with many applications. We also now have the facility to install long lasting synthetic lines on natural grass pitches.
With maintenance historically being the last thing on the mind of many owners of synthetic sports surfaces, problems are arising where a pitch or tennis court is left unusable simply because it hasn’t been looked after correctly.
With the purchase of some costs effective equipment and a regular maintenance contract tailored to suit the purpose, location and usage this should never happen.
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