Pile fold problems
Pile fold problems on artificial sports surfaces refer to issues where the turf fibres become folded or flattened, negatively impacting the appearance and playability of the surface. These problems can arise from various factors, including heavy use, equipment, weather conditions, or inadequate maintenance.
Here’s how to address and prevent pile fold problems:
Preventive Measure: Implement a routine grooming schedule using specialised grooming equipment designed for artificial turf. Grooming helps lift and separate turf fibres, preventing them from folding or flattening.
Brushing and Power Brushing:
Preventive Measure: Regular surface brushing, especially in high-traffic areas, can help prevent pile fold problems. Power brushing equipment can be particularly effective in restoring upright turf fibres.
Preventive Measure: Drag brushing equipment can redistribute infill material and restore the turf fibres’ vertical orientation. Regular use of drag brushes can help maintain the surface’s appearance and playability.
Heavy Traffic Management:
Preventive Measure: Implement strategies to manage heavy traffic areas, such as restricting access to specific surface sections during maintenance or events.
Limiting Heavy Equipment Use:
Preventive Measure: Minimize heavy maintenance equipment on the turf, especially during wet conditions when the fibres are more susceptible to folding.
Preventive Measure: Encourage players, maintenance personnel, and visitors to use appropriate footwear on the artificial turf to minimise pile fold problems.
Preventive Measure: Regularly inspect the surface to identify areas with pile fold problems and promptly address them.
Professional Maintenance Services:
Preventive Measure: Collaborate with experienced professionals specialising in artificial sports surface maintenance. They can guide grooming, brushing, and preventative measures to minimise pile fold problems.
Preventive Measure: Proper aeration of the surface helps maintain the resilience of the turf fibres and prevents compaction, which can contribute to pile fold problems.
Preventive Measure: Develop a contingency plan that outlines the steps to be taken in the event of severe pile fold problems, including measures for addressing damage and restoring the surface.
Addressing pile fold problems on artificial sports surfaces requires a combination of preventive measures and routine maintenance practices. Regularly grooming, brushing, and maintaining the turf fibres ensure that the playing area remains safe, visually appealing, and optimal for performance.