Is your tennis court looking the worse for wear? Are you looking to clean and restore your court? One important aspect of our court maintenance service is tennis court cleaning and restoration. Take a look at how our cleaning solutions can help you.
Many British tennis courts are of the traditional coloured and non-coloured macadam variety. Because they are designed to let rain water flow through, the surface is not sealed. These tiny holes will over a period of time collect dirt and vegetation, commonly moss. In order to maintain your court and keep it safe, occasional cleaning and treatment is desirable and in some cases imperative. Moss and lichen can make courts slippery, especially when damp.
It is advisable to keep the surface clear of all visible loose material. This is best done by mechanical blower. Sweeping can push foreign material into the gaps between the stone thus aggravating porosity problems. Electrical and petrol blowers can be purchased from most Garden Centres and D.I.Y. stores. If left, the debris between the stones will during winter hold water. When water freezes it expands and on your tennis court(s) it will push the small stones apart. This is commonly referred to as fretting. The stones become loose and this can be felt underfoot. The resulting loose stones act as an abrasive, accelerating the problem and shortening the life of the tennis surface.
Treatment with chemicals to kill moss and other vegetation if required. When working commercially with chemicals a recognised licence must be held otherwise insurances are invalid.
The equipment used may vary from court to court depending on the extent of cleaning required. A water supply of 18 litres per minute is desirable. A lesser flow may result in higher cleaning costs. Cleaning can take anything from 4 hours to two days. If chemicals are applied and left to be absorbed by the plant life, the court may be played upon until cleaning is carried out.
Once cleaning has been completed, a further application of moss killer/inhibitor is applied.
Occasionally it may be necessary to apply more moss killer/inhibitor at a later date.