The easiest solution with heavy snow, is to accept that nothing can be done and close the pitch until it thaws and becomes safe to use. However, we do appreciate that this can result in cancelled fixtures and bookings and therefore loss of important revenue and possibly customers.
Preparation is key, and the more organised you can be, the better! If you know the forecast is predicting snow and ice, lay PDV salts on the artificial turf as an anti-freeze prevention measure. Pure Dried Vacuum (PDV) salt contains few impurities, so is less likely to cause damage or contamination to synthetic turf. Other products, such as rock salt or grit, should be avoided, once they have dissolved they could cause contamination and damage to the playing surface. Chemical-based solutions do work, although they can be costly and offer little in the way of residue life
3. Brush and treat
Cleaning your 3G sports pitch is very simple and it’s just a case of brushing it through to keep the rubber and sand infill distributed evenly. Treatments are also available to eradicate moss and algae. You might want to consider a deep clean if the pitch becomes dirty over time.
4. Educate your players
Let your teams and players know how important it is to look after a 3G sports pitch! McArdle Sport Tec can install team boot brushes if required; and every pitch we build as standard has an information board erected clearly listing the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’. Make sure the right footwear is always worn, no eating/drinking and no dogs on the pitch; read our 3G sports pitch maintenance for full details.
5. Get to know your pitch
Have a walk around your 3G sports pitch whenever you get a chance. Take a look to see if the fibres are bending over in places, or if excess infill is gathering around the edges. This could mean low infill/uneven levels on the pitch. This often happens in areas such as the goal mouth.
If you would like to know more about 3G sports pitch maintenance please contact our team who can chat to you about location, cleaning, and preventing any damage, in particular during the winter months.