Five Things to Consider When Dealing With Tennis Court Stains

Posted on: 30 December 2016

If you have a synthetic grass tennis court, someone may eventually spill a sticky soft drink on it, or an injury may leave blood on the court. Regardless of what's staining your tennis court, you need a cleaning strategy, and that starts before you even install the court. Here's what you need to consider:

1. Under-Court Drainage

To make it easier to clean your tennis court, you want to ensure that it has adequate drainage underneath it. Your tennis court installer can help you decide what is appropriate based on the landscape in your area. In some cases, you can set the synthetic grass directly on top of the existing landscaping, but in other cases, you need to add a layer of sand or gravel to help with drainage.

2. Hosepipes

Unless you want to drag scrub buckets out to your tennis court, you should install a hose pipe nearby. This allows you to easily rinse off any stains, blood, food, or debris that has collected on your courts. In most cases, water is all you need to clean the synthetic grass on your tennis court, but in some cases, you may want to talk with the manufacturer about specific cleaning products that you can safely use on your court.

3. Sweeping Tools

To help you remove dirt or debris, you may want to invest in a sweeping tool designed for use on synthetic grass tennis courts. Tools such as the Aussie Clean Sweep can be pulled behind you or moved across the court with a small lawn mower or tractor. This sweeping tool features forks that comb through the grass and lift up debris. Then, the debris falls into a grid so that it can be moved off the tennis court.

4. Professional Cleaning

In addition to investing in your own cleaning tools, you occasionally may want to turn to the pros for help. Professional cleaners can use power washers to remove stains or debris. They can also help with power brushing in many cases.

5. Routine Maintenance

As the owner of a tennis court, you also have to focus on maintenance. Improper maintenance can make it harder to clean your tennis court, and a rundown court can look stained or dirty even if it isn't. Ideally, you should work with a synthetic court expert to keep your court maintained. These professionals can remove contaminated or stained infill; they can aerate and decompact the top surface of your tennis court; and they can address weak seams or rips in fake grass.