How to Treat Your Synthetic Putting Green for Mold Build Up

Posted by Demetro Carbone on May 29, 2013

What you’ll need:

  • Synthetic grass brush
  • Synthetic grass rotating tines
  • Synthetic grass rake
  • Synthetic grass sweeper
  • Synthetic grass scrub
  • Synthetic grass conditioner
  • Synthetic grass gum remover

A synthetic putting green, also known as synthetic turf, is ideal for sports fields and playgrounds. This artificial field turf is said to offer low maintenance costs than the real putting green or natural grass. While it may be expensive to install, it will be compensated with low maintenance fees in the long run. While a synthetic putting green is already an artificial surface, you will still need to maintain it to perform at its best. For example, you will need to follow the correct maintenance and treatments in order to avoid mold build up. If you’d like to learn how to treat your synthetic putting green, here’s how.

To keep your field in optimal condition, you will need to follow these four basic maintenance operations called BARS. It’s the acronym for Brushing, Aerating, Raking and Sweeping.

Step 1 – Brushing the Synthetic Turf

This first step is important in rejuvenating the fibers that have been matted. At the same time, it allows the the fibers to level. The top portion of the infill becomes leveled when you brush it. Using the recommended synthetic grass brush for your synthetic turf’s brand or model, brush along the surface to keep the synthetic fibers looking fresh and alive again.

Step 2 – Aerating the Synthetic Turf

By aerating or adding air to the fibers, slight compaction of the fibers are removed. Penetrate and loosen the infill with the use of rotating tines.

Step 3 – Raking the Synthetic Turf

This step is what helps in preventing the fibers form matting down. At the same time, it ensures that the infill is loosened. With the use of a rake, preferably a rake that is especially built for synthetic turf, rake through the synthetic grass section by section, vertically.

Step 4 – Sweeping the Synthetic Turf

To clean the synthetic grass and ensure that debris and dirt doesn’t get into the infill, make sure to sweep the synthetic grass regularly. Remove any debris so it wouldn’t get stuck in the infill. This debris can also later on be a cause of mold build up especially if there are moist or wet debris lying on the synthetic turf. Once these maintenance steps are done on a regular basis, you will also need to follow a few other maintenance procedures to ensure molds don’t build up.

Scrub and Condition

Regular scrubbing and conditioning of the synthetic grass is recommended to ensure that your field is kept clean at all times. Mold build up can be caused by a dirty field especially when it gets wet due to rain or other means. By using a powerful industrial cleaner or scrub and a conditioner designed especially for synthetic grass, you’ll be able to scrub away grease, oil, molds and mildew. And in case there is chewing gum stuck to the synthetic turf, synthetic grass gum remover will take care of the problem.