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Mastering 4G Surface Maintenance: Best Practices for Longevity

When you have an artificial turf 3G, 4G or 5G surface it is important to keep up with the maintenance to ensure it looks and performs as good as possible. Whether it is for recreational or competitive use, an upkeep routine that is carried out regularly will help the surface last longer and look better than if not looked after properly.

Artificial grass pitches are becoming increasingly popular in schools, leisure centres and sports clubs across the UK. These types of surfaces offer more playing time than natural grass and are a lot easier to maintain. As a result, they are able to generate revenue by being hired out in the evenings and weekends.

Unlike traditional grass, artificial turf does not need to be watered and requires less 4G surface maintenance. This is great for organisations who want to maximise the amount of use they can get from their facility and can provide a cost-effective solution when compared to maintaining a natural grass pitch. However, like all surfacing options – whether it be natural grass, tarmacadam, polymeric, 3G, 4G, 5G or non-turf, water-based, sand-dressed or sand-filled – sports pitches do need regular maintenance. Failure to carry out the appropriate aftercare can impact the performance of a sports surface and may even invalidate or limit the manufacturer’s warranty.

The different types of maintenance a sports surfacing can require include; Drag matting – spreading and redistributing the infill across the surface to keep it at its best. Moss and Algae treatment – applying chemical treatments to the surfacing to prevent the growth of weeds and algae. Cleaning – using high pressure equipment to clean the surfacing to remove mud, debris and liquid. Decompaction/Deep clean – decompacting the sand or rubber infill on the surface to make sure it is a permeable system.

If your organisation is looking for a way to maintain their 4G surface and maximise its life, consider our range of maintenance products. These are designed to keep your surface cleaner, help with aeration and allow it to hold infill levels better.

Our 4G Surface Guard consists of a high-performance blend of halogenated methacrylic micro co-polymers which effectively repel moisture and liquid-based pigments and grime, inhibiting it from absorbing into the porous substrate. Its unique structure provides a breathable protective barrier and can be reapplied easily without stripping the first coat. It can also be used on walls, windows, guttering and roofs.

Our World’s Best Graffiti Coating is a highly durable, long-term protective coating which can be reapplied as many times as needed, without stripping the first coat. This product consists of a unique blend of halogenated methacrylic polymers that penetrate deeply into the substrate, forming a microscopic high density molecular protective layer. It is water-based, environmentally friendly and incredibly easy to apply. It can be applied with airless sprayer, HVLP or low pressure pump up type sprayers and is ideal for a wide variety of surfaces such as natural or synthetic astroturf surfaces, asphalt, concrete and rubber. It is also compatible with other surface coatings and can be used in conjunction with our abrasion-resistant topcoats and waterproofing systems for ultimate protection.

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