Gyms in hot climates like San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Phoenix often utilize resilient artificial grass for their indoor and outdoor facilities. Artificial grass is ideal for indoor gyms and sports facilities because it gives the comfort and cushion of natural grass while remaining ultra-durable and easy to clean.
To keep your gym’s synthetic grass in its best condition and extend its lifespan, follow these tips for easy yet thorough artificial turf maintenance.
1. Remove debris
Removing debris should be an everyday part of your artificial grass maintenance routine. At closing time each day, pick up any obvious dirt or debris that’s ended up on the turf. This can include anything from exercise equipment that hasn’t been properly put away to twigs and leaves that have been tracked in from outside.
The timely removal of debris will help prevent matting and extend the lifespan of your synthetic turf’s fibers.
2. Spot clean stains or messes
In an area with such heavy foot traffic, spills and stains are virtually impossible to avoid. If your gym’s artificial grass has a stain or two on it, clean it as soon as possible using water and detergent.
Blot the area, apply the solution, allow it to soak for several minutes, and blot the area again to remove the stain. If you have gum embedded into your turf, spray it with freon aerosol and gently scrape it from the turf blades using a non-metal object.
3. Cross-brush the turf blades
A gym or sports facility receives large amounts of foot traffic, and your turf needs to be incredibly durable to withstand the running, jumping and exercising that occurs. No matter how durable your turf is, however, it will need to be occasionally brushed to maintain its lush and realistic appearance.
Many gyms neglect this crucial aspect of artificial grass maintenance, leaving their turf flat, fake-looking, and less comfortable to use. We strongly recommend brushing your turf blades against the grain (also known as cross-brushing) every week (or more often) to keep your turf blades upright.
This will not only extend the life of your artificial grass, but it will also make the turf more comfortable to use and more realistic in appearance. Just remember to use a rake that doesn’t have metal bristles!
4. Apply a turf disinfectant
Any gym manager knows that sanitizing every part of your athletic facility is crucial, and your artificial grass is no exception. To ensure that you’re eliminating any bacteria (and the odors associated with them), apply an artificial turf disinfectant on an as-needed basis.
TurFresh’s best-selling TurFresh BioS+ is an industry leader because its commercial-grade formula neutralizes odors at the source, rather than simply masking them with fragrance like other brands.
5. Check for uneven areas or loose seams
Over time, seams can come loose or infill can move around, causing potential hazards for any athletes using your facility. As part of your in-depth synthetic turf maintenance routine, check for any uneven areas or loose seams.
If you notice that your infill is distributed unevenly, you can work it through your turf with an artificial grass rake or top up with more infill to even things out.
Artificial grass maintenance is a non-negotiable if you run an indoor gym or sports facility with artificial turf. If you need the proper equipment to maintain your synthetic grass, visit the TurFresh online store for a wide range of turf cleaning products specially created for artificial grass, including our famous TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer. If you don’t want to have to worry about routine maintenance, or if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, consider professional artificial grass cleaning services. TurFresh’s 10-point cleaning process can be scheduled as often as you need us, whether that’s once a week or twice a year. If you’d like to learn more about TurFresh’s artificial turf maintenance services or book your first appointment, give us a call at (855) 444-8873 or fill out our online contact form today.