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Correct maintenance will extend the life of sand dressed carpets by more
than 30%, as well as maximising player enjoyment and safety.

We offer a range of maintenance packages that can be tailored to suit your budget requirements and help you maximise the life of your playing surface.

Drag brushing and rotary brushing alone does not alleviate the problem of infill compaction. As brushing alone only works with a 2mm-3mm pile depth.

All sand dressed carpets need to be cleaned to a greater depth than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to intensity of use).

SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British engineers to penetrate and aerate sand dressed carpets to a depth greater than 10mm in both damp and dry conditions.

Sand Dressed for...
Ideal for football
Ideal for tennis
Ideal for hockey
Ideal for muga

Maintenance Problems & Solutions

Chemical treatment and deep surface clean.
Decompaction/aeration of infill. All sand dressed carpets need to have infill cleaned to a depth of more than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis.
Seam repair service by our skilled operatives. Our annual or bi-annual visit would highlight any seam or line movement
Top dressing of new infill material with a 2mm pile height clearance.
Full or partial rejuvenation of surface, removal of infill and reaplcement material brought in

Service Levels and Rejuvenation



Signs of poor drainage which may require rejuvenation:

  • Appearance of numerous and persistent puddles after light rainfall
  • Slimy residue on the playing surface after surface waters have subsided
  • Infill waste spreading to the outside of the playing surface
  • Surface becoming dangerously slippery, especially in wet conditions

Our rejuvenation process uses specialist machinery to release compacted infill, remove contaminated infill and to then dress and level new infill to appropriate pile height levels.

Service Levels

Service Levels

Sports Maintenance Services offer a complete de-compaction service, which ensures the synthetic carpet is being deep cleaned and aerated, so preserving drainage and safe play characteristics.Effective maintenance based on decompaction ensures rejuvenation and revitalisation expenditures are avoided.

We offer two levels of service linked to regular professional maintenance of synthetic surfaces. Frequency of required service depends upon intensity of use and age of surface. Client budgets can be flexed across both levels of service.

Specialist Maintenance of All  Sand Dressed 2G Sports Surfaces

Professional maintenance incorporating independent testing as standard – vital to ensure safe play characteristics and consistent play qualities.


Tennis Benefits

  • Uniform but softer bounce
  • Generally softer underfoot contributing to a slower game
  • Can allow some skid underfoot where required

Hockey Benefits

  • Faster speed of ball roll, allowing for a higher quality game
  • Approved FIH systems
  • More grip underfoot



We recommend a programme of maintenance for the following reasons:

  • Maintains a healthy and safe playing environment
  • Enhances playability
  • Contributes to the efficiency of drainage
  • Increases longevity of the pitch
  • Often complies with manufacturer’s warranty condition

If you wish to undertake some aspects of maintenance yourself, we can offer the following items.

  • Chemical cleaning agents
  • Maintenance DIY Kit
  • 24″ walkover chemical applicator
  • Wind blowing back-pack machine
  • Quad Bikes
  • Heavy Duty Drag Brushes & Brush
  • Heads
  • Grooming Drag Mat
  • Sports Silica

Correct Maintenance Procedure

Sand Dressed – Correct Maintenance Procedures
ProcedureTime ScaleIn HouseOutsource
Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litterFortnightly 
Brushing of surface with drag/rotary brush to agitate pile and surface infillWeekly/Fortnightly 
Inspect of seams and inlaid linesWeekly/Fortnightly 
Chemical treatment of permiter areas for moss and algaeBi-annual (Spring and Autumn) 
Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaidAnnual or Bi-annual 
Revilisation through decompaction, aeration and pile infill cleaning to depths greater than 5mm.Annual or Bi-annual 
BSEN Test reports and certification to governing body standards (FiH)Annual 

Recently Completed

We have worked with hundreds of companies across the UK, to provide a professional maintenance service – incorporating independent testing as standard.

Before / After Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

The existing full size and sand based MUGA surface was installed in 2007 and was in good condition, however, the Academy’s primary focus had shifted towards football. it was decided to change the surface to a 3G turf, more suited towards football and touch rugby, The standard approach would have been to rip up the […]

Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

Why choose Sports Maintenance?

Over 20 years experience maintaining sports surfaces across the UK

  • Ensures Manufacturer’s product guarantees for up to 7 years (conditional on maintenance).
  • Installation guarantees for up 7 years (conditional on maintenance).
  • Product knowledge and an understanding of problems occurring due to incorrect maintenance procedures.
  • Specialist de-compaction equipment with a 15 year track record of success in maintaining pitches across Europe
  • Specialist chemicals and chemical equipment for the treatment of weeds, moss and algae.
  • Specialist paints and line marking equipment for marking out or remarking lines on synthetic surfaces.







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