Best ways to softwash tennis courts
Tennis courts abound in most towns and cities and are a profitable market for softwash contractors.
A tarmac tennis court needs regular maintenance to keep it both looking good and being safe to play on. Biological growths such as algae and moss can make the playing surface dangerously slippery. And it’s not much fun playing on a dirty court that's been colonised by various forms of biological growths.
When to use Benz Bio Cleanze
Algae often appear after a prolonged wet spell but the whole court may not need to be treated. You'll likely find the borders and shady areas require more frequent treatment than the rest of the court.
How to use Bio Cleanze
The most effective approach is to scrape the worst of the biological growth off first. Then spray using professional softwash equipment, or if that is not available a watering can with a fine rose will do a reasonable job.
Thick and heavy moss growth will need plenty of mix to ensure it gets fully soaked. Applying twice on a first clean, to ensure saturation, is often a good idea.
The dilution rate on a first clean may need to be 20-30:1, while for maintenance cleans 40-50:1 is usually sufficient. The actual dilution rate will vary according to the degree of colonisation and the local environment.
How to get fast results from soft washing
If the customer wants the court to look immaculate very quickly – perhaps because of an approaching tournament – use a light power / pressure wash before treating with Bio Cleanze.
Alternatively, use Benz Lightning Cleanze at 10:1, in conjunction with light power / pressure washing, for the fastest possible results. Bear in mind that LIghtning Cleanze can lighten the colour of tarmac, so treat a test patch first and get your customer's agreement that it is acceptable before treating the entire court. If Lightning Cleanze is used at 5:1 the lightening effect may be considerable, so consulting with your customer to ensure they are happy to go ahead is essential.
We hope this information was helpful.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
Legal statement about using DDAC biocide to kill and control moss: For many years the active ingredient in Benz Bio Cleanze (DDAC) has been used to kill and control moss.
But now, as from June 2015, the politicians and bureaucrats have decreed that moss is to be considered a “plant” and therefore comes under a different set of labeling regulations.
As such the law states that now, only manufacturers of expensive herbicides (aka “weedkillers”), which are often quite unhealthy for humans and for our environment, can claim to kill and control moss.
From June 2015 no biocide manufacturer can state that a biocide such as Benz Bio Cleanze kills and controls moss, even though it was used to kill and control moss for many years ...
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