As we enter spring, our thoughts turn to getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Winter sports are ending, and the summer sports season is about to start. Tennis, netball and basketball are popular summer sports, with millions of Aussies enjoying the social and physical benefits of getting outdoors and active.
If your hard surface court didn't see much action or get much attention over the colder months, you might want to check it's ready for the upcoming season.
How do you clean a hard surface tennis court?
First, ensure your court is clear of overhanging branches that drop leaves and other hazards. Gum nuts, berries and olives can be a safety hazard, so it's important the surface is cleared of these before a game starts.
We recommend you keep your tennis, netball or basketball court clear of debris year-round. You can use a leaf blower or broom to clear the surface at least once a week, especially during the months the court isn't being used. This stops leaf and debris build-up, which can trap moisture and lead to mould and moss growth.
After you've cleared the debris, it's time to get cleaning. Generally, we suggest a low-pressure clean with warm water.
When cleaning mould and moss, we recommend the following:
- spot brushing mould patches with a mix of two parts bleach to one part water to break down stubborn patches
- leave the solution for ten minutes
- hose off the solution - make sure to thoroughly rinse it, and don't leave any on the court.
Always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, overalls and a mask when cleaning the mould.
How do mould, moss and grime affect your tennis court?
Mould and moss on your tennis court can become a serious problem if left untreated. Patches of mould or moss can be slippery when wet, which is a safety hazard for players. Even if not wet, mould patches can change the surface texture and reduce the grip of players' shoes, increasing the risk of injury.
A build-up of dirt and grime can damage a playing surface. Heavy traffic and playing areas must be kept clean to prevent inground dirt and debris from acting like sandpaper, wearing away at the surface.
A home tennis court is a significant investment that can increase your property value, so it's worth maintaining it. It's best to check cleaning and maintenance instructions with the installer before starting a DIY job. Rebound Ace Sports provide some sports surface maintenance tips.
Need help cleaning your tennis court?
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If you don't have the time or resources to clean your tennis, netball or basketball court, give Roof to Floor Maintenance a call on 0412 204 645. With over eighteen years of experience, Richard and the team know a thing or two about sports surface cleaning. You can see an example of our work on Facebook.
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