Sports Field Management Magazine, October 24, 2016
*This is a great article for learning the basics of synthetic turf maintenance practices.
Sports Turf Online, July 30, 2015
"Trash and debris are a constant nuisance. Timely removal is important to keep them from becoming ground into the infill material, causing removal problems later on.
"When we deep-clean our clients’ synthetic fields, our equipment most frequently removes items such as sunflower seeds, pistachio/peanut shells, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, wire ties from nets, buttons, fabric scraps, cleats, bobby pins, jewelry, screws, nails, staples, paper clips and rocks (from broken stone bags that are used to weigh down goals and equipment). These items—plus dust, dirt, pollen, body skin cells, human hair, leaves and pine needles—can end up embedded in synthetic fields, where they remain for much of the life of the field.
Sports Turf Online, October 9, 2012
"Let’s begin by acknowledging that synthetic infill fields are NOT maintenance free. No matter what anyone says, these fields need maintenance routinely."
"Dust, dirt, pollen, body skin cells, screws, nails, track spikes, bobby pins and human hair to name a few do not break down in these fields, they remain for much of the life of the field and it is truly amazing how much exists. Special equipment with hepa-filter vacuums will be able to clear this out and remove it from within the turf. Rain, snow sleet and hosing do not help."
Sports Turf Online, August 17, 2011
“'I did what you told me to do!' That’s the best defense for any field manager faced with a warranty issue on a synthetic turf field. And the way for the manager to document that defense is to maintain a simple log book that lists dates of sweeping, brushing, infill replacement and other maintenance practices."