Grooming, Cleaning, Maintaining
Check out our tips for keeping your court in top condition:
A few simple daily routines will keep your court looking and playing great for years to come. These routines can take as little as 10 minutes a day and involve three things: brushing, watering, and rolling.
Brushing: Since HydroCourts and HyQ Courts stay at optimal moisture they require very little brushing. The brushing that does take place is most effective when using aggressive grooming tools such as the Gator Rake or the Steel Bristle Drag Brush. These tools will help keep an optimal amount of loose sliding material on the surface.
Watering: HydroCourt and HyQ Courts water automatically as needed. Water levels can be adjusted in the control boxes as necessary.
Rolling: Rolling is important for tennis courts coming out of the winter in a freeze/thaw environment and should happen daily in this setting until the court reaches an optimal compaction. Subsequent rolling can be done as needed to achieve desired playing conditions but is not typically required for HydroCourt or HyQ Courts.
Periodic maintenance on HydroCourt and HyQ Courts addresses court changes that occur over time. These should include scarification to prevent and eliminate growth and to prevent and reduce hardening of the court surface, adding Coarse Blend to maintain optimum traction, and the clearing of drainage channels.
The reconditioning process includes four segments: cleaning, leveling, top dressing, and laying lines.
Cleaning — Remove the tapes and all leaves and debris and lightly scrape court to remove oversized particles.
Leveling — Scrape down high areas (such as where the lines were) and patch low areas.
Top Dressing — Add new HydroBlend at a rate of one ton per court.
Laying Lines — Install new line tapes. Re-using tapes is acceptable if the texture has not been worn off.
ClayTech maintenance is incredibly simple: Brush and water as desired.
Brushing: Brushing helps redistribute the top dressing material across the court surface. When wet, brushing will help lift more of the loose top dressing out of the fibers and dry the court out. Brushing can be done as needed before or after play.
Watering: Water will keep the court a rich dark color and will help keep the court cooler but won’t affect play very much. Watering can be done just prior to or even during play as desired.
Rolling: ClayTech courts do not need to be rolled.
Periodic maintenance on a ClayTech court addresses court changes that occur over time. These should include the addition of material where needed (we recommend keeping the court filled to the top of the membrane to prevent accelerated wear), the elimination of growth around the perimeter of the court, and the clearing of drainage channels.
ClayTech does not require much in terms of reconditioning. The lines should be inspected and painted or refreshed as necessary. New HydroBlend and/or Coarse Blend should be added as needed. We recommend keeping the court filled to the top of the membrane to prevent accelerated wear.
Daily hard court maintenance is fairly simple whether tennis, basketball, pickleball, or other play surface.
Keep the court clean:
Keep the courts dry: