Tennis court cleaning is the most important factor in any surface maintenance because build up of moss, algae and fungi can have a detrimental effect on the flooring causing it to break up and become damaged leading to high costs for resurfacing and refurbishment.
In the UK there are many tennis court contractors who promote that they carry out the tennis court cleaning and, when you gather prices, a lot of these companies do not include any specialist tennis court cleaning chemicals which is very surprising because water and grease cannot bond to each other so in order to remove many contaminants you need to use molecules called surfactants (also known as detergents) which enable the water to mix with the contaminants to remove them from the surface with a pressure washer.
The specialist tennis court cleaning chemical make-up of these surfactants allow there to be a bond between the water and contamination which can then remove it from the tennis court surfaces. Below shows an image of the molecules where the yellow non-polar tails bond to the dirt and the red polar heads bond to the water. This explains how the surfactants’ chemical structure enables them to create a bond between the water and the dirt:
The longevity of the tennis court flooring is a key reason why regular court maintenance is crucial but also because of the players’ safety and performance criteria. This is because a build-up of moss or algae on the surfacing can cause slips and injuries while playing especially in wet or damp conditions.
As the tennis courts in the UK age, the pore spaces in the open graded tarmacadam begin to clog causing potential porosity problems with the once porous surface specification being an impervious flooring holding water and puddling just because of the pores becoming clogged and filled with fines that do not allow the rainwater to flow through.
When to Carry Out Chemical Tennis Court Cleaning
Tennis hard court cleaning is carried out annually to make sure the surface is safe but also is done before recolouring or relining the surfacing and this is where it becomes critical. It’s important to get rid of any moss and algae from the surface to ensure it’s safe and well prepared.
This is because as a client is looking to pay a lot of money to have new markings applied, the last thing they are going to want is to have this done the following year simply because the cleaning of the flooring hadn’t removed all the dirt, debris and contamination laying on the floor. If this happens then the anti slip colour coating or line marking is simply being painted onto dirt and once cleaned thoroughly the paint will just wash away with the dirt.
Therefore the reason for this article is to pre-warn clients, schools, colleges, recreational and domestic owners of tennis courts when looking for a professional company to clean your surface is to not always base your tennis hard court contractor on the cheapest costs or cheaper quote because you really need to be looking at best value and comparing apples with apples.
Make sure you are checking the specialist chemicals they are using because really they should be using the Pro Tennis Cleaning Solution which is chemically proven to help remove all contamination as opposed to just using water, make sure the company have an unblemished credit history because many companies come and go every year and you want assurances if you had any problems you are working with a respectable company.
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