Tennis Court Maintenance: A How-To Guide

By December 25, 2020 December 31st, 2020 No Comments

Tennis court maintenance seems deceptively simple, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Courts are designed to not only function best for the game, but there’s careful attention to the aesthetic from the colors down to the symmetry of the lines around it. A court that looks good will also feel good to play on. The ITF has strict guidelines that courts have to meet to be allowed to host games.
A woman sweeping clay court.
There’s a lot that can happen to ruin the beauty of your tennis court though, and here’s what you can do to make sure it stays pristine throughout the years:
Cleaning Up the Court
Look around the shaded parts of the court, as mold and mildew tend to grow in those areas. Courts also require vacuuming now and then, as dust and debris land around. Once a year, consider wet cleaning the whole court with soft bristle brushes and detergents. Just make sure the detergents are compliant to work with the surface you’re using it on.
Setting up lime for court lines.
The fungal growth on these surfaces doesn’t happen naturally, and mostly comes from food and drink spills. Use bleach mixed with water to get rid of most mold and grime. It will also help get rid of any stains on the court surface, so make sure to scrub those down with a soft-bristled brush.
Remove Standing Water
Rain showers aren’t particularly bad, as they can help clean up your court a bit. But the water left behind should be taken care of quickly. If water stands out for too long, expect stains and debris in that part. And if a player’s feet create friction with that part, expect damage to the court surface.
Set up some standard rules so that you don’t run into trouble:
• Players and other personnel working on the court should wear shoes that don’t leave marks on the surface.
• Chairs and other equipment on the court should have padding beneath them as to not scratch the surface of the court.
• Apart from water, no food or drink is allowed on the court to prevent fungal growth.
Removing Foreign Objects
For outdoor courts, make sure leaves and pines don’t stay up on the court for too long. Make sure to get them out of the court as they give birth to mold and mildew on the surface. If it snows in the region and on your court, don’t use hard or sharp tools right away. It can damage the surface beneath the ice, and snow melting chemicals are not recommended either.
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