In order to get a good playing field, It is very important that the grass is under the best possible condition. The dirt or natural grass football pitch can not have a daily use, due to the rain, maintenance or for its continued use. More and more, clubs are choosing the installation of artificial grass on their football pitch. The advantages are many, the main one is the increase in the number of hours of use of the pitch, saving in maintenance and irrigation. It is also resistant to UVA rays and it has a state-of-the-art system that reduces the risk of abrasion and injuries, and allows the use of the football facility throughout the whole year, regardless of the weather, etc.
To certify if the artificial grass is valid for football, FIFA grants the FIFA QUALITY PRO seal to those surfaces that comply with the regulations for the land use. Contact us, we will advise you on the best Choice!
In order to return the fields to their original properties, we carry out a series of periodic maintenance operations that are explained below:
Uncompacting the playing surface: This unpacking operation is carried out with a special metal springs combing unit that penetrate to the silica, removing and aerating the elastic layer. It is pulled by a tractor with wide wheels and a suitable weight to avoid damaging the lawn. The operation is carried out across the field or along the field depending on the initial gluing of the artificial grass rolls, it should never be unpacked in the opposite direction to gluing, as it could detach and weaken the joints that are glued with glue. polyurethane. This operation must be carried out at least 2 times a year.
Brushing artificial grass: The operation is carried out with a triangular implement with flexible brushes that distribute the elastic load, and return the hair to its original laying position. This operation is carried out in oval mode across the length and width of the field, with a special hydrostatic wide-wheel tractor, so as not to damage the synthetic grass. You should never brush with a car or similar, the wheels could cause burns in the artificial grass or wrinkles, the car also has an excessive weight and can compact the SBR rubber granules.
Verification of filling loads: After brushing and unpacking the artificial grass, all joints and detached lines are visually verified to clean and sanitize them and then repair them with two-component polyurethane glue and geotextile. This operation is vital for the field since a break causes premature wear of the synthetic grass and after the repair does not match one cloth with another, a patch must be made with new grass that would not be aesthetically good.
Soccer field cleaning (Rubber): This operation is carried out with a vertitop 1500 mechanical implement that is dragged by a tractor unit with a de-compacting unit and a rotating brush that collects from 0.5 cm to 1 cm of the elastic filling, passing it through a vibrating screen, allowing the clean rubber to pass onto the playing field and the impurities such as pipes, cigarette butts, stones and dead fiber are deposited in a removable hopper for removal.
Weed cleaning and herbicide treatment: The weeds are manually removed from the surface, then using a backpack the herbicide treatment is carried out in the affected areas and around the field with a non-abrasive product to artificial grass.
Perimeter blowing: This operation is carried out by means of a backpack blower, the perimeter of the field is blown to remove bulky waste such as leaves, cigarette butts, papers and plastic bottles.
Review of critical points: The amount of loading of SBR rubber granulate in the penalty spot and corners is reviewed after the distribution of the filling and they are receban, since it is an area subject to a lot of wear and tear. Full penalty points are changed if they are seriously impaired.
Gutter cleaning: Gutter cleaning is carried out by removing 1 out of every 4 grids and blowing strongly with a backpack blower, cleaning the drain channel in its entirety. If the gutter has not been disassembled for a long time and there are problems to remove them due to the breakage of the screws, they must be put in new ones since the grid of the gutter has to remain perfectly, attached without any sharp protrusion for the player's safety.
Re-filtering of SBR rubber granules: In some football pitches, after the maintenance of artificial grass, the filling loads are verified to see the amount of rubber that has been lost and to add it again, This operation is carried out with a hopper pulled by a tractor that deposits a layer of rubber over the entire surface with a variable thickness depending on the amount to be topped, then brushing is carried out to insert the SBR rubber granule into the filaments of the artificial grass.
Technical report of the football field: At the end of the maintenance operations, a technical report is made informing about: state of the field planimetry, state of fiber aging and degree of defibrillation if whether they were fibrillated or prefibrillated, levels of elastic fillers with the amount of filler to be provided for optimal use, state of the visual field.
A maintenance of synthetic grass for soccer fields must be carried out at least 2 times a year for an optimal state of the playing field and to prevent possible breaks in the artificial grass. At Mallorca Grass we have all the necessary machinery to perform these tasks. Contact us and we will adapt a customized maintenance budget depending on the state of the field. The results after artificial turf maintenance have a beneficial effect depending on the player-pavement and ball-pavement!