With regular cleaning and adequate maintenance, a tennis court should last approximately 20 years. As well has potentially extending the lifeline of a tennis court, cleaning the surface frequently will mean that the court is more enjoyable for players and spectators alike. Although unlike many other surfaces that can be cleaned with a mop, bucket and some soapy water, tennis courts require a little more TLC in order to improve the appearance of the court, to extend its playing life, as well as helping to improve the players’ game.
If you want to clean your tennis court without having to hire expensive specialist equipment, then take a look at the following tips on how to clean a court efficiently and cost-effectively.
Choose a sunny day
The sooner a tennis court dries the less chance it will have of becoming clogged with mildew and mould. It is therefore a good idea to pick a bright, sunny day to breathe a new lease of life into a court, as cleaning any kind of outdoor area in wet weather is not recommended.
Clear the court before you clean
You wouldn’t vacuum a carpet without clearing it of any items first and the same principle can be applied to cleaning a tennis court. Before you begin the process of making the court spick and span, you should clear it of any unwanted debris, such as rubbish, leaves, dead insects and dust. Use a hard-brushed broom and start from the middle of the court, gradually making your way to the outside.
Wash the court
Once the area is free of all loose items and debris, you can then remove any unsightly stains by using a high-pressure hosepipe, or even a power washer, to blast away all unwanted marks. For extra stubborn stains you may need to spray a detergent over the court before you blast it with the hose.
Inspect the court for mildew
As soon as the court is dry, it is a good idea to inspect it to ensure that there is no mould or spots of algae appearing on the surface. To be extra cautious, you could even spray the court with an anti-mildew spray, to help prevent mould from growing on the court. Unwanted algae, moss and mildew has a tendency to fester on tennis courts can create a slippery surface and can prove hazardous to players. Dry courts that are free of such potential hazards provide better traction, which ultimately helps improve a player’s game.
Tennis ace, Katrina Abbotson, wrote this article on behalf of www.neillnewport.co.uk.