Unfortunately, many synthetic turf fields that have been sold by turf manufacturers on false information. The duped field owners, sports facilities, schools, parks, and other facilities are investing in synthetic turf fields because the turf manufacturers claim turf fields are a “no maintenance” investment. Certain synthetic turf manufacturers spread all sorts of half-truths along with total untruths about how to properly care for synthetic turf. The reason for the untruths are so the check writers hear a good story. Sports Turf Northwest would like to tell schools, parks, and other sports facilities about what happens if you fall into the trap of the “no maintenance needed” mindset.
Proper Synthetic Turf Maintenance vs. The “No Maintenance” Approach
Wondering where the “no maintenance” approach will lead you? You should. The fact is, operating synthetic turf fields without proper care can result in both injuries to athletes or costly repairs for facilities. The main issues associated with no maintenance” is debris on the turf, field compaction, and harmful bacteria.
Pros of The “No Maintenance Needed” Approach:
- No cost (Not really a Pro because it will cost you more money in repairs as a result)
- This is what the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition Has to Say
Cons of “No Maintenance Needed ” Approach:
- Debris and trash left on the synthetic turf fields (shoe spikes, rocks, pens, etc.) can injure athletes.
- Compaction of infill material, resulting in improper drainage and compaction of the field. Compaction means concrete like.
- Artificial turf has the possibility to be a cause agent for harmful bacteria that can easily spread infections like MRSA, Staph, and even HIV if not eliminated with the proper equipment. How are facilities removing bodily fluids like sweat, blood, mucous, fecal matter and animal droppings?
Why You Must Maintain Your Synthetic Turf Field
The consequences of not properly maintaining your synthetic turf field puts athletes and patrons at risk of injury. Injuries result from debris which can lead to extremely painful infections. In the pile of untruths spread by many synthetic turf manufacturers is the idea that the ultraviolet light known as UVC from sunlight destroys bacteria naturally. Although UVC does destroy the bacteria, the ozone layer prevents this special form of ultraviolet light from reaching the surface of the Earth. In order to use UVC to kill the bacteria, you would need to invest in certain synthetic turf maintenance equipment. With minimal investment, the right synthetic turf maintenance equipment can help protect the athletes.
To read more information about synthetic turf maintenance and equipment, browse some of our past posts:
Wondering what kind of turf equipment is out there to help?
Synthetic Turf Fields Need Maintenance Equipment
Sports Turf Northwest sells the highest quality, American made, synthetic turf maintenance equipment. We educate and sell state of the art technology when it comes to keeping synthetic turf fields clean and safe for athletes and students. Sports Turf NW can introduce you to synthetic turf maintenance equipment that will clear your field of debris, deal with compaction issues, and provide protection against harmful bacteria that can lead to athletes developing Staph or MRSA infections.
Synthetic Turf Maintenance Equipment Sold by Sports Turf Northwest
926 Integrated Groomer – The 926 Integrated Groomer, stands up synthetic fibers, redistributes infill material and gently brushes the surface. Decompacting synthetic turf allows for proper drainage along with redistributing the underlying infill material. Proper use of tine rakes helps the infield material stay loose which in turn lessens the impact athletes experience.
760 LitterKat Turf Sweeper – The updated 760 LitterKat Turf Sweeper is a commercial-grade sweeper designed to remove debris such as shoe spikes, rocks, pens, pencils, bird feathers, athletic tape and other material that poses harm to athletes. In addition to removing these items, the 760 LitterKat is able to operate without churning up the infill materials or ripping or tearing the turf.
850 GreenZapr– The 850 GreenZapr is the new shining star for synthetic turf safety. This innovative product can disinfect surfaces safely and quickly using germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) lights. Harmful microorganisms such as Staph and MRSA are destroyed when exposed to UVC lights. The 850 GreenZap is the new benchmark for on-field safety to protect athletes.
860 MiniZapr – Utilizing the technology from the larger GreenZapr™, the miniZapr™ deploys the same bacteria and virus-fighting power needed to control today’s harmful viruses, including MRSA, Staph, C. diff, HIV, Influenza (H1N1). Germicidal UVC is a proven technology that has been utilized in other industries for over 100 years. The 860 MiniZapr can be plugged into an ordinary wall outlet. The mobile MiniZapr can be used in locker rooms, equipment rooms, weight rooms, shower areas, on floors, walls and any area where harmful bacteria can grow.
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Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition. [online] Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition. Available at: https://www.safehealthyplayingfields.org/maintenance-synthetic-turf [Accessed 19 May 2019].