Whether you had a new clay tennis court installed at your home or business, it is important you know how to properly clean and maintain it. Below is a list of tips to help you do just that.
Tip: Brush and Water the Court After It is Used
After your new clay tennis court is used, then it is important you take the time to brush it down and water it. Brushing the court's surface with a drag broom redistributes the loose layer of clay and flattens the surface to prepare it for the next match. If you don't brush and water the court, then it will have an uneven playing surface next time you want to use it.
Tip: Roll the Court to Pack Down the Top Layer of Clay
Once your court is watered, then you need to roll it. Rolling your tennis court packs down the top layer of clay and makes the surface nice and smooth. The best tool to use to pack down the clay is a court roller that has some weight to it. The drum weight will do the job for you and will make quick work of the job.
Tip: Remove the Clay from the Tape Lines
After your tennis court has been brushed and watered, you need to remove any clay that has stuck to the tape lines. If you don't remove the clay when it is wet, then your court's lines will look dirty and will be harder to clean next time. If you do not have one, you need to purchase a line broom to clean the tape lines. These small brooms are designed to remove the clay from the tape lines without disturbing the clay around them.
Tip: Periodically Rake the Areas of Your Tennis Court that are Rarely Used
Finally, as your new tennis court is used and groomed, you will notice there are some areas that become hard from lack of use and the need for grooming. For example, the areas close to the net, around the net poles, and on the sides of the court will not see a lot of play and disturbance, and as they repeatedly get skipped during grooming sessions, they tend to harden. You can avoid this problem by making a point to periodically rake the entire court and loosen any areas that have become hard. The more often you do this, then the less work it will be later on.
For more information, contact your local tennis court maintenance service.