Recommendations from DYWILAN S.A. Poland for caring for artificial grass

Recommendations from DYWILAN S.A. Poland for caring for artificial grass

Recommendations from DYWILAN S.A. Poland for caring for artificial grass

25.05.2017

1. Daily surface care

The loss of artificial grass stem vertical packing reduces the resistance of synthetic grass to mechanical stress. Maintenance and cleaning can extend the life of artificial grass, obtain optimal surface quality, and at the same time increase the safety and comfort of the surface.

Keep the surface from getting covered with debris.

The fill level immediately following surface installation may exceed the recommended fill level slightly. Optimal surface properties associated with filling can be obtained after several or from 10 to 15 weeks from the date of surface installation. At this time, the filling settles into the appropriate level.

The difference between the top of the sheet and the upper surface of the filling should be:

  • approximately 15 - 20 mm - for fibers with a height of 50 - 60 mm,
  • approximately 10 - 12 mm - for fibers with a height of 40 - 50 mm,
  • approximately 7 - 10 mm - for fibers with a height of 20 - 40 mm,
  • approximately 2 - 5 mm - for fibers with a height of 12 - 20 mm,
  • approximately 2 mm - for fibers with a height of 10 mm.

A reduction in filling material or dislocated material should be replenished regularly. This is especially true for places most susceptible to intensive exploitation, such as: the goal area, the area surrounding the penalty spot, corners, the area surrounding the baskets on basketball courts, the end sections on tennis courts, and the 6 and 9 metre areas on handball courts.

Filling and artificial grass should be brushed regularly. Brushing should go against the grain. Brushing leads to even distribution of filling, and the surface maintains its optimal operating properties.

It is recommended that grass, weeds, and other vegetation be removed from the surface and edges of playing fields lined with artificial grass. Grass removal should be done by tearing or cutting. Herbicides can be used to protect against weeds.

Entrances to sporting venues should be maintained in such a way as to keep dirt, debris, and other contaminants to a minimum.

Cold water irrigation of artificial grass fields is carried out to lower the surface temperature. Only clean water should be used. Water should be distributed evenly, wetting the grass without soaking it.

2. Surface cleaning

Immediately remove all debris, garbage, and solid objects from the surface, especially sharp, ribbed objects such as stones, glass, steel parts, etc., to avoid damaging the sporting surface. Debris can be removed manually or with the help of a lawn cleaner.

Leaves falling on the artificial grass in the fall should be removed with a leaf blower or lawn cleaner. Leaves should not be left to lie on the grass for a long period of time.

Immediately remove all liquid stains (e.g. blood, juices, ice cream, coffee, etc.) or oil (fuel, paint, glue, etc.). In case of large stains, the filling should be completely replaced.

All contaminants such as animal waste, chewing gum, fungus, or mold must be eliminated immediately.

Snow and ice do not harm the surface. They can be allowed to melt and seep into the surface.

If snow needs to be removed, the removal should be carried out with a snow blower or rubber-tipped snow plow. When cleaning snow with a plow, special care should be taken to see that the plow blade does not dig into the grass. The plow blade should remain a few centimeters above the grass. Do not use wooden or metal blades or blades from other hard materials.

3. Surface preservation programme

Removal of biological (leaves, branches, moss, algae, etc.) and mechanical (stones, glass, cigarette butts, etc.) debris should be carried out on a regular basis.

A failure to remove debris can lead to mechanical damage to the surface and as a result to the loss of the surface warranty.

Repair of mechanical damage such as holes, cracks, etc., should be carried out on a regular basis.

The surface should be brushed to raise the grass fibers and loosen and level the filling following every 30 - 35 hours of surface use.

Uniform distribution of filling should be carried out regularly.

Filling should be topped up no less than twice a year.

Maintenance aimed at temporarily shutting down and cleaning the surface should take place twice a year and include thorough shutdown measures employing specialized machines. These measures must be carried out by a specialized company and entered in the Service Register.

4. Information and comments

Vehicles with an axle load of more than 2 tonnes are forbidden from accessing the synthetic grass surface that contains a shock-pad layer.

Each machine located on the surface and weighing more than 150 kg, must have pneumatic tires with a maximum pressure of 2.5 kg / cm2.

Spiked shoes may be worn on artificial grass.

All shutdown procedures can be carried out more often should the need arise.

Forbidden:

  • Applying flammable sources at the sporting venue or adjacent territory.
  • Placing platforms, stages, tents, etc. on the artificial grass.
  • Using a bicycle, motorcycle, or other vehicle on the surface besides those employed for maintenance and cleaning.
  • Using a motorized sweeper during the day if the air temperature exceeds 30 °C.
  • Parking a vehicle on the lawn and leaving the car on the surface for an extended period of time.
  • Placing loads weighing more than 2.5 kg / cm2 on the surface.
  • Engaging in sports such as golf, javelin, discus, and other kinds not intended for an artificial grass surface.
  • Covering the surface with a film, tarpaulin, or canopy at temperatures below 0 °C.

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