Low Maintenance, NOT no maintenance!
The biggest misconception surrounding artificial cricket lanes is that they involve zero maintenance. Whilst that sounds truly amazing, unfortunately this isn’t totally true.
Yes, Synthetic wickets involve a lot less looking after than the alternative of natural grass. However, they do still require regular maintenance to keep them looking and performing their best!
Whether you have just installed a brand-new surface, or had repair/ renovation works carried out, the longevity of this will, on the most part, depend on a good maintenance plan.
Don’t let the prospect of long-term maintenance put you off!
With new advances in the industry, the surface technologies are doing a lot of the work for you.
However, it’s important that you still have a budget and plan for the basic weekly/ annual upkeep of your facilities. This will ensure that you are then able to offer only the best cricket facilities for your users.
Grouping your Maintenance
There are 3 main types of maintenance for you to think about;
Regular weekly/ bi-weekly Housekeeping
Carried out easily in-house.
These are carried out in-house or by a specialist contractor depending on the scale of work required.
Major maintenance work
Carried out by specialists, when damage has occurred, or upgrades are required to meet safety/ usability requirements.
Many sports clubs and play facilities undertake a mixed approach when it comes to surface care.
When we install surfaces, we always suggest and explain to the client about the importance of having a maintenance schedule & how it will help keep your surface in excellent condition and extend its life expectancy.
Maintenance Groups Explained
There are several things which can be done quickly and easily in-house, to keep your new/ renovated surface looking and performing at its best!
As a rough guide, we recommend every 40-50 hours of use would warrant a check.
A few of these best practices are listed below;
- Regular litter picking, including moss, leaves and any other debris. If your cricket lanes are surrounded by trees, you may notice moss, leaves and other debris gather in areas. This can create a breeding ground for mould / mildew, so ensuring you remove any debris will help maintain your court.
- Checking the surface on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear.
- Prevent food or drink from being taken onto the surface.
- Keep the grass surrounding the surface cut short.
- Ensuring appropriate footwear is always worn.
Interim Maintenance is more periodic (commonly on an annual basis) and often carried out by specialists. However, with the right equipment it can be carried out in house too.
The key elements of this type of maintenance include, but are not limited to;
- Deep cleaning of the surface to remove any dirt and debris which may have built up over time, be it from lack of regular maintenance or just general build up.
- While rain showers can help to clean outdoor wickets, standing water can also allow dirt and debris to accumulate, leaving stains on your surface. Left to build up, the dirt and debris can act as an abrasion on the surface.
This type of maintenance / resurfacing work will be required if a regular maintenance schedule hasn’t been carried out, not performed efficiently, or once the surfaces life span is coming to an end.
The scale of Major works can vary from small patchwork repairs, through to an entire replacement of the surface.
Large scale deep-cleaning can also be classed as major maintenance when the surface has become heavily contaminated by debris/ moss & algae etc.
Major issues are more likely to arise if regular maintenance isn’t followed.
The more your surface is used, it becomes more likely major issues may arise, especially if regular up-keep isn’t followed.
Require further information?
Here at Cricket Surface (Bingham Ground Services), we can help design a specific cleaning plan for your artificial cricket surfaces, to keep them safe and to maintain the playing qualities.
To further prevent damage and disruption to your surface it’s important to follow guidelines given by the manufacturers.
When we install surfaces, we always suggest and explain the importance of having a maintenance schedule and how it can keep your surface in excellent performance condition and extend its life expectancy.
Make sure to contact us if you need any advice about maintaining your synthetic cricket surfaces. We offer helpful information on the costs and the work you require.
The benefits of keeping up-to date with surfaces requirements means you will reduce the overall cost by preventing costly damage.