Giving Your Artificial Pitch a (Deep) Clean Bill of Health This Summer

Lucy Nichollsin Industry News

ReviteMaintenance procedures such as Drag Brushing, Power Sweeping and Vegetation Treatments are fundamentally designed to maintain the playing and draining properties of artificial sports pitches by addressing issues at surface level. However, if surface level issues are not attended to right from the beginning, problematic material such as dust, debris and broken-down carpet fibres will soon migrate further towards the base of the carpet, to the point where the effective drainage becomes compromised.

If your synthetic surface is starting to show signs of dark patches, silt, standing water and slower drainage, this indicates a deeper-rooted problem that can be addressed by carrying out a deeper clean of the carpet, such as the summer Revite® by Technical Surfaces. If left unattended, the situation will begin to worsen as autumn and winter approaches, and you run the risk of your synthetic facility being out of action, losing revenue and costing more to fix in the long run.

'Revite®' is ideal to augment any ongoing synthetic surface maintenance programme. The process should be carried out annually or bi-annually dependent on levels of pitch usage and current maintenance procedures. The specialist brushing process is designed to get much deeper into the artificial carpet than conventional Power Sweeping. The machinery used to perform the Revite® agitates the surface to decompact the infill, separating contaminants from the infill before removing them from the surface, whilst helping to lift the carpet fibres that have flattened over time as a result of play.

To achieve the best results, conditions must be as dry as possible, which is why the Revite® is generally carried out between April and September each year, when the pitch surface is dry allowing the brushing action and powerful vacuum turbine to remove dust, debris and broken-down carpet fibres. Failure to remove such debris will result in the contamination filtering down through the infill ultimately affecting drainage and the playing characteristics of the surface.

Technical Surfaces Limited. Standards House.
Meridian East, Meridian Business Park. Leicester LE19 1WZ
Tel: +44 (0) 8702 400700 Fax: +44 (0) 8702 400701

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