The 18-year-old pitch at Cranleigh School in Surrey was suffering drainage problems and the school booked Replay Maintenance to carry out its deep-cleaning Replay Rejuvenation process. The deep-clean is offered on top of standard maintenance and, according to the company, can prolong the life of artificial turf.
An independent boarding school found it was able to postpone replacing its artificial pitch after calling in specialist company Replay Maintenance.
Cranleigh grounds manager Denis Bloomfield said: "We had a Replay Rejuvenation back in 2003 and were beginning to notice that over the past year, the surface drainage was becoming impaired. Although it had not become so bad to adversely affect play, we felt it was an indication of the carpet infill becoming contaminated and the problem was only going to get worse unless we acted."
The Replay Rejuvenation process uses compressed air to remove the contaminated top layer of sand and restore the carpet pile to a vertical state. New, clean sand is then added. According to Replay the process can, in most cases, double the life of a synthetic surface for less than a quarter of the cost of a new carpet installation. It is also as effective on long-pile surfaces, which are usually filled with a mixture of sand and rubber granules.
The school’s sports facilities are heavily used by both pupils between seven and 18 and members of the local community.
A replay spokesman said it was essential artificial pitches like this had regular maintenance.
At The Institute of Groundsmanship annual conference earlier this month delegates criticised the perception that artificial turf needs no maintenance, and said that most groundsmen were keen to broaden their skill set by learning how to maintain artificial pitches.
Cranleigh has been a Reply client for 10 years.