Rain is your best cleanser. Rainfall gently cleans the turf fibers of dust, pollen and airborne pollutants in way that is difficult to duplicate in any other fashion. In areas where rainfall is scarce–or during prolonged periods of drought–an occasional water flush is beneficial to soak and thus cleanse the turf system. This procedure is recommended for all turf systems.
Most “stains” on polyolefin fields can be removed with water or soap and water. The first rule is promptness. It is much easier to clean up a fresh spill before it has time to dry and harden. Remove any solid or putty-like deposit promptly using a dull knife or spatula-like tool. Blot up excess liquids with a stack of towels, cloth or paper. Dry absorbent clay-based materials, such as cat litter absorbers (“kitty litter”) can be very useful. Such dry absorbers can be swept or vacuumed up.
Fill in “Hollow” spots. These are areas in the synthetic turf where the level of rubber may be slightly lower than the surface overall. They are generally discovered over several weeks after the initial placement of rubber in the turf. These areas generally cannot be seen but can be “felt” when walking on the turf–they feel like depressions or low spots on the surface.
Cross brushing your filled synthetic turf is the single most effective way to keep it in top form. Brushing a filled turf field keeps the fill uniform and suitably embedded in the fibers rather than on the tips of the surface. “Cross brushing” means that all brushing activities, no matter what kind of equipment is used, takes place against the grain, nap or sweep of the turf fibers. (All synthetic turf is made with a slight grain.)
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