Six Tips for Cleaning Your No Fault Safety Surface San Diego
Playgrounds, daycare centers, splash pads, pool decks, and theme parks all throughout America benefit from Poured In Place’s rubber safety surfaces.
Poured-in-place rubber safety surfaces (also known as “PIP”) are popular because they provide school and park administrators and others with a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution for keeping children safe.
PIP rubber safety surfaces come in a number of colors that may be combined on-site to match playground equipment or to match your school’s colors and themes. Installers can even adjust the thickness to match different critical fall heights, reducing the hazards of falls. Contact us at Playground Safety Surfacing for playground surfacing and more.
A newly built playground surface should endure for years, but it will require some simple care. Maintenance and cleaning assist in maintaining the surface appearing lively and appealing to users while also preserving the integrity of the surface for safety.
Continue reading to see how you (as the proud new owner of a play area with a No-Fault Safety Surface) can safeguard your new investment.
Basics Of Safety Surface Maintenance
The amount of maintenance and repair work you’ll require in the coming years will be determined by how much your surface is used. In most cases, only minor repairs are required in high-traffic/high-use regions (underneath playground swings, at the base of slides, and at main entry points, for example). Wear mats can be used in these heavy traffic locations if you wish to be proactive and avoid typical wear and tear.
Remember, it’s critical to take care of maintenance issues as soon as they arise. It is possible that the longer you wait, the more expensive it will get. You don’t want to have to replace your entire playground surface, so some routine maintenance will ensure your Poured In Place products work as they should.
Here are six suggestions to get you started:
Perform Monthly Maintenance
Using a broom, leaf blower, vacuum, or water hose, remove loose material such as sand, dirt, or leaves that have accumulated on your safety surface on a monthly basis. If your playground is near considerable vegetation and is prone to additional leaves gathering or growing around the edges, we recommend removing debris on a more frequent basis. If you follow the Poured In Place Safety Surface Maintenance Guidelines, you can also use a pressure washer.
Remove Isolated Stains
Outside-installed safety surfaces can get badly discolored in isolated areas. Wet the problem areas with a garden hose, then use a full-strength all-purpose cleanser like Formula 409 to clean them. Scrub the stain with a 10′′ medium-bristle basin scrub brush, such as this one:
On particularly severe stains, you may need to repeat the procedure. Because stains grow more difficult to remove the longer they sit, it’s best to deal with the issue as soon as possible.
Clean The Entire Surface
You should clean the entire surface from time to time in addition to eliminating isolated spots. You’ll start by dampening the surface, then use a garden pump sprayer to apply a mixture of full-strength all-purpose cleanser and water:
Clean a little amount at a time to avoid missing an area and causing streaks or a splotchy appearance. Also, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaner you’ve chosen. After cleaning the surface, rinse it well with a garden hose fitted with a spray nozzle.
Clean In Early Morning Or Late Evening
Here’s one that a lot of folks overlook! Cleaning should be done early in the morning or late in the evening to give cleaning chemicals ample time to respond without evaporating.
Use Recommended Equipment And Supplies
The following is a list of cleaning tools and materials that we recommend you use:
- Broom, Wet/Dry Shop Vac, or Blower
- Garden hose with spray nozzle
- Garden pump sprayer
- All-purpose cleaner in a hand-held spray bottle
- Disposable rags and gloves
- Cleaning and rinsing buckets
- 10″ medium Bassine bristle scrub brush
- JOMAX House Cleaner and Mildew Killer (manufactured by Zinsser)
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
The following compounds are potentially harmful to No Fault Safety Surface and might result in the warranty being revoked. We highly discourage you from using them.
- Chlorine bleach
- Hydraulic and lubricating oils
- Paint thinners
- Mineral spirits
- Heavily concentrated degreasers (e.g., Greased Lightning or Simple Green)
Safety Without Fault For years to come, the surface should provide you with attractive and safe surfaces, but regular care will keep it in good form. Follow these six pointers to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Do you have an older surface that needs to be repaired, cleaned, or resealed? We’re here to help, even if your original surface wasn’t placed by Poured In Place. Contact our office for additional information on cleaning, maintenance, or repair options, and we’ll be happy to assist you!