Turf Maintenance For the Future
ARTIFICIAL/SYNTHETIC TURF MAINTENANCE FOR THE FUTURE
Many synthetic turf fields are not properly maintained by their owners. Reasons for this varies from being told little, if any, maintenance is required to where the owner does not consider maintenance to be a priority. Many owners do groom their fields occasionally with a broom that has fairly stiff bristles that are positioned straight across as well as in angles to allow for some loosening and leveling of the infill as well as to stand up the fibers of the turf.
A number of owners also use a sweeper much like a leaf pick up sweeper to remove debris such as leaves, paper, and other large materials. This is good to reduce the amount of trash on the surface.
Many owners have had their synthetic turf fields for several years now and are noticing that their surfaces aren’t holding up as well as hoped. The fields might make it to seven or eight years of life and some even more. All of us would like to see at least 12 or more years from a synthetic turf field since it was such a considerable investment.
Even for those owners who do a great job with the above-mentioned tools, it still isn’t enough. Dirt is an enemy of synthetic turf. Atmospheric dust and debris, bird and animal droppings, food and drink spillage, tape, fabric, body fluids, and other materials get on the surface. Broken and worn fibers as well as infill degradation (rubber infill breaking down) with all of the affiliated dust from the fibers and infill accumulates. All of these substances need to be removed on a regular basis.
If these substances aren’t removed regularly then the surface starts to get “tighter” due to the small particles filling in the air spaces of the infill. This causes the infill to get harder, raises the Gmax to a higher level, reduces drainage capabilities, creates an environment for bacteria, algae, fungi, mildew, and mold to grow, allows for weeds to develop, and all of this reduces the life of the surface.
New synthetic turf fields are not exempt from needing regular intense maintenance. Ironically this is the best opportunity to get started on the right program to help ensure that the surface stays safe, highly presentable, and lasts a long time. Not only do new fields need regular intense maintenance services but topdressing with additional infill is needed in some cases since new infill will settle in a short period of time and allows fibers to lay over more easily promoting premature wearing out of those fibers.
Professional Sport Field Services (PSFS) has the technology to support owners in promoting the safety, the presentation, and the life of their synthetic turf.
PSFS first runs a strong magnet and a sweeper/vacuum across the entire field surface. The magnet is in place to remove metal that may have dropped on the surface from helmets, uniforms, jewelry, or other sources. The sweeper/vac system is designed with a rotary brush that lightly “tickles” the surface to loosen the dust and dirt particles on the surface and then a vacuum removes the debris. This is superior over equipment that uses just a rotary broom because those brooms will not pick up and remove the smaller particles that lead to field compaction and poor drainage the quickest. Without a vacuum, you would need to get very aggressive with the broom, which could cause over fibrillation of the turf fibers and removal of too much infill.
The vacuum system PSFS uses moves high volumes of filtered air through it to pick up the very small particles and leaves the infill in place. The PSFS system will remove infill dust and broken and worn off fibers as well as the foreign materials from the surface. The filtered recycled air moves the materials to the waste storage compartment of the vac for complete removal from the surface.
The next PSFS process includes a de-compaction process that is gentle on the turf. Spikes are rolled into the surface and then vibrated to loosen the infill and open up the infill particles to allow good air and water movement. Thus you have a softer but yet firm surface. This process is better than dragging tines and wire fingers through the turf. Tines and wire fingers only impact the infill immediately surrounding the area where they are pulled through. You would have to drag those tools through the field many times before much of the infill has been disrupted. Fiber integrity and seams can be jeopardized when using a stationary steel tine pulled through the turf.
The PSFS de-compaction process has long spikes that are on vibrating drums that move back and forth as the drums roll along. The infill can be de-compacted in one pass. The depth of the spikes can be controlled depending on the thickness of the infill and according to the needs of the turf determined at the time of de-compacting. The turf fibers and seams are not impacted.
The next PSFS step is to broom the fibers with a stationary broom. This process is to level the infill from all the field usage as well as the previous two steps and to stand the fibers up. This improves the wear of the fibers for longer field life, improves the appearance of the turf, and prepares the surface for detergent and disinfectant applications.
The final step is to apply either PSF 100 detergent/disinfectant solution or PSF 110, a natural based enzyme cleanser. PSF 100 is a disinfectant solution designed to help remove any very fine dirt that was not able to be removed from the mechanical process of vacuuming and to kill and disinfect the entire field surface of bacteria, mold, mildew, algae, and fungi growth. This is accomplished with the high detergent content of the unique PSF 100 product, the very efficient disinfectant ingredients, and the spraying process developed by PSFS. The PSF 100 disinfectant is the first EPA approved product specifically for synthetic turf applications.
PSF 110 Natural Enzyme Sport Surface Cleanser is an advanced formulation of enzymes specifically for indoor and outdoor synthetic turf and other sports surfaces. PSF 110 is completely chemical free, non-toxic and introduces a revolutionary new process of turf and sports surface cleaning and the decontamination of infectious bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, and germs. This cutting edge technology product is the safest available for surface cleaning and removal of these organisms. Not all enzymes are created equally. PSF 110 has the broadest spectrum of cleansing capabilities, the heaviest concentration of enzymes available, and is capable of performing to 170 ˚ F. Other enzyme products breakdown at 105 ˚ F and are much weaker in concentration and range of cleansing. PSF 110 is the product that solves the concerns of many field owners about turf and surface contamination. And it's all natural, safe for the athletes, safe for the field, and safe for the environment!
The patent pending application process that is used exclusively by PSFS was developed by PSFS and disinfectant provider researchers to apply product to every square inch of the surface and to thoroughly cleanse and disinfect that surface. You can be certain that the application by PSFS will be accomplished effectively. The fresh clean fragrance makes the surface even more inviting for all to enjoy.
For those owners who are concerned about long-term control over mold, mildew, algae, fungi, and bacteria, particularly CA-MRSA, PSFS offers a complete disinfecting program that will provide for many weeks of protection on any synthetic turf surface.
ProShield 5000 turf protectant is EPA registered and USDA accepted and provides a durable micro biostatic invisible antimicrobial protective shield on your turf. The ProShield 5000 antimicrobial protectant base application will give you residual protection for more than 13 weeks. When combined with the PSFS ProShield 5000 booster application, you can have nearly 20 weeks of continuous protection on your turf. The application of this product, with the specialized PSFS equipment developed for such needs, will infuse ProShield 5000 on your turf. The product is water based and safe for re-entry within minutes of the turf being dry.
Most synthetic turf fields will have a certain amount of infill settling. Many times the owners have let the infill settle so much that it is very difficult for the turf fibers to stand and stay erect. This allows the fibers to wear faster and it creates a harder surface. Many times this can be corrected simply through an application of our most advanced de-compaction equipment. Other times the infill is just not adequate in volume because of an error at installation or excessive infill has been removed over time for some reason.
The lack of adequate infill can be remedied by PSFS. Topdressing should be addressed after the previous maintenance applications are completed. PSFS has unique infill products that work very well with existing rubber infill and will actually improve the performance of the rubber infill. One infill used, called S-Fill, is a rounded acrylic coated silicon dioxide particle that is colored either green, mint green, or tan. Each color has a specific application. Other colors are available. Another infill material PSFS uses is PSF 200 BG. This product is made from post consumer re-cycled materials and is rounded in nature as well. Both infills are cooler than rubber infills and can be used over and over on several turf replacements. Neither needs to end up in the landfill and are major cost savings when used in new turf applications.
For a complete refurbishment process, PSF 200 BG or S-Fill infills can be applied up to ¼ inch deep and then mixed with the top ¼ inch of the existing rubber infill. The results are a cooler, softer playing surface that is less compacting over time. Older, worn surfaces respond very well to this refurbishment process and give the owner a few more good years of service. New surfaces do well with the PSF 200 BG or S-Fill infills by improving the performance of the rubber infill. Having PSFS refurbish your field with a great infill like PSF 200 BG or S-Fill is an investment in prolonging the life of the playing surface.
Clay migration from the skinned areas on baseball or softball fields can be a problem in synthetic turf. That situation can create a very hard and unsafe surface. PSFS can solve that problem for you. Silt and soil removal and remediation services are also available from field flooding and soil migration and adjoining surface runoff like parking lots or driveways.
Professional Sports Field Services has developed a system of high pressure nozzles that use the PSF 110 Natural Enzyme Cleanser and water to blast into the surface and dislodge bound dirt and soil particles. The Hydra Scrubber process leaves all turf surfaces in excellent condition if applied on a regular basis. This process can be completed by PSFS or field owners can be certified in using the process and applying the PSF 110 for themselves.
Another option PSFS offers is an infill extraction process. We can physically remove nearly all the existing infill and other contamination from your turf and return high quality infill as replacement.
Testing is an important part of field maintenance that PSFS will perform as well. Gmax tests should be conducted on turf fields every other year at a minimum and every time a major renovation or refurbishment occurs. Not only is a regular Gmax test important for the safety of all the athletes on the field, but an accumulation of test results over time will give PSFS a quantifiable indication of what is going on with that surface beyond the visual and touching perceptions. Developing a trend line for Gmax results is important enough for PSFS that we will conduct a Gmax with a regular maintenance procedure for infilled turf.
Other tests are being considered to be implemented as standards and guidelines are developed.
Professional Sports Field Services (PSFS) is the synthetic turf maintenance provider of choice who offers the best services using unique, dedicated equipment, specialized materials, and skilled team members, with outstanding research of our own and support and assistance from our suppliers. In addition to the services listed above, PSFS will repair seams and tears, repair or replace damaged turf and logos, replace worn field lines, consult and assist the local field management and the in-house grounds crew, and consult with owners and future owners with either new field or replacement field specifications or RFP’s, and inspect and test materials being used and the installation process itself. Once your field is in place, PSFS will help you keep it looking good and at peak performance for a long.
The goal is simple; PSFS is here to partner with the field owners and those people who are responsible for the upkeep of that surface as well as the turf installer and turf manufacturer. The objectives, for all who are involved, are to care for that surface in such a way that the field is always safe to use, highly presentable, and provides for many years of use.
Professional Sports Field Services can make your synthetic turf surface last, you just need to tell us that you want us to start now.
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We promote health, safety, a long life span of your turf, preserve the original performance characterisitics, provide the user with high performance, and bring an aesthetically pleasing appearance to your turf. The PSFS maintenance process cost effectively protects your investment.
Why don't other artificial turf maintenance companies show pictures of what they have removed from a turf field?
It's because they can not remove nearly the amount of contaminants as Professional Sports Field Services can! The PSFS process is more thorough and complete than any other service offered!
We promote health, safety, long life span of your turf, preserve the original performance characterisitics, provide the user with high performance, and bring an aesthetically pleasing appearance to your turf. The PSFS maintenance process cost effectively protects your investment.
The pictures below show what we typically remove with a basic maintenance process by PSFS. Our advanced equipment designs get it done right for you. For more pictures of what could be lurking on your turf, go to our Grooming and Refurbishing Pictures page.
Would you rather have these meager results shown below from other companies?
Which application method would be better for your turf?
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