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Tennis Court Maintenance - Acrylic

Posted by Tennis Court Supply on 12/18/2014 to Tennis Court Preparation and Maintenance

All tennis courts need maintenance including acrylic courts.  Here at Tennis Court Supply, we wish to go over some general tips for maintaining the court’s appearance, integrity function and play-ability.  By following these simple routines, a tennis court will endure for generations.

CLEAN YOUR COURT REGULARLY

Once a month is suggested. Watch for evidence of mold or mildew in shaded areas and corners where organic debris tends to accumulate. Indoor courts require both frequent vacuuming and at least one annual wet cleaning with mild detergent solution and soft bristled equipment. Acrylic coatings do not support fungus growth, so growth of fungus or mold is a result from food and drink spills, decaying matter, or other foreign materials on the surface feeding these organisms.

To remove mold, fungus & other organisms on the acrylic surface use:

2 parts household bleach, mixed with 1 part water. Use this solution to treat affected areas. Scrub gently with soft bristled brush and rinse thoroughly after a few minutes.

Rinsing court with water is usually sufficient for general cleaning. If there are visible stains on the court surface, a mild detergent can be applied prior to gentle scrubbing with a soft bristled brush.

Here is a mild detergent formula:
Combine 4 parts water with 2 parts TSP (trisodium phosphate) and 1 part household beach, when mildew present.

REMOVE STANDING WATER

Rain showers help clean your court. However, dirt accumulates in standing water, leaving stains and piles of debris. This acts like sandpaper under the players’ feet and creates abrasion on the surface. Remove water from birdbaths as often as possible. Court Irrigation systems around the court should not spray on the court.

REMOVE FOREIGN MATTER

Leaves and pine needles not only can stain your court, but also are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. It is especially important to remove leaves in the fall and keep your court free of debris all winter.

USE PROPER EQUIPMENT

Use soft nylon or hair-type brooms for scrubbing your surface. Scrubbing too hard with hard bristles can damage the surface. Water brooms are a great tool for cleaning tennis court surfaces.

DAMAGE PREVENTION

Post signs or banners near the entrance and throughout the court area with court “rules”. Here are some suggestions:

Use only non-marking tennis shoes on the court surface

No bikes, roller blades, or skateboards

No chewing gum, food, or drinks (other than water) on the playing surface

Do not drag chairs, benches or other items over the surface

Use pads underneath chair legs or equipment that is on the court. Anchor benches or any other permanent fixtures to the surface to prevent damage from sliding or dragging. Protect the surface before driving maintenance vehicles onto the court.

DRAINAGE (OUTDOOR COURTS)

Drain systems are a very important part of tennis court construction. Excess water that flows back onto the court surface or beneath the court can cause problems. Properly installed drainage systems divert water away from the court and should be inspected from time to time.

Look for any evident damage to structures and drain pipes

Clear away any vegetation or debris that may be blocking drains or swales

Tennis Court Supply is your resource for tennis court equipment and accessories. We have more than 30 years of experience in managing and constructing tennis courts, so we know exactly what you need to maintain and create your own.  For maintaining your tennis court you will need water removers, water brooms, and replacement parts. Browse our selection and order the parts or tools you need, and your tennis court will be in good shape in no time! Don`t hesitate to contact us with questions or to place an order; we strive to offer the best possible customer service.