Continued Management & Maintenance Advice

We work continuously to ensure our products are fit for purpose and offer a life span above and beyond expected. Here are the best ways you can prolong the life of your playground whilst keeping it safe and pristine

RESIN BOUND GRAVEL

A Resin Bound Gravel is a hard wearing, low maintenance surface solution that offers a host of great benefits, including design flexibility, strength and ease of upkeep. Low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Thankfully, looking after a resin bound gravel surface is easy and straightforward.

Protection should be provided wherever possible against abnormal damage. Heavy goods vehicles should not be permitted to park on, or regularly traverse resin bound gravel unless it has been allowed for in the overall construction.

You should be careful not to damage your resin bound gravel surface with any of the following abnormal usages.

  1. Skips: Heavy skips with edges should not be placed directly onto your resin bound gravel surface. For lighter skips, load bearing planks may be used, but we recommend placing a skip elsewhere if possible.
  2. Sharp points: Avoid anything that applies a sharp point of pressure onto the surface.
  3. Dragging: You should never drag heavy objects across your resin bound gravel surface.
  4. Spillage risks: Spillage of solvents should be avoided as these will soften and damage the resin binder.

Resin Bound Gravel surfacing is resistant to a wide range of chemicals. The full chemical resistance builds up over time and care should be taken within the first 7 days of installation to not expose the surface to chemicals.

 

Routine cleaning 

A number of potential issues with a resin bound gravel may be prevented by regularly sweeping it clean with a stiff broom. This will remove leaves and detritus materials and will prevent moss growth. Hosing down with a standard jet-wash will also help remove any foreign bodies, stains and other potentially damaging elements.

 

Regular jet washing 

The surface must be cleaned periodically using a pressure washer or a sweeper fitted with water jetting and vacuuming equipment.

 

How to jet wash a Resin Bound Gravel Surface 

To jet wash your surface, follow these simple steps:

  1. We recommend spraying with a flat nozzle, if available, to improve precision of spraying the flat surface.
  2. Use a jet wash/pressure washer with a pressure up to 150bar. Excessive pressure could damage your surface.
  3. The water should be cool, but not too cold. A moderate temperature will prevent damage to the resin.
  4. When spraying, your nozzle should be a minimum of 20cm from the surface. If a high-pressure jet wash is sprayed too closely, it could damage the surface.
  5. Spray using a back and forth “sweeping” motion.

We also recommend jet washing your resin surface after sweeping to remove any smaller debris that a broom may miss.

 

Removing chewing gum from a Resin Bound Surface 

Chewing gum can be a real pain. It is unsightly and, once hardened, can be difficult to remove. If you cannot remove through sweeping or jet washing, try using a freezing spray on the gum before carefully removing with a wall scraper or similar tool. Do not try and dig beneath the gum using a hard edge, as you may damage the surface.

 

Removing moss and algae from a Resin Bound Surface 

Periodical application of a proprietary moss and algae killer, such as “algon”, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, will remove and prevent any regrowth. Ingrained algae growth can be removed, and the colour of the original surface restored by the application of a strong bleach solution. This should be used in accordance with manufacturers guidelines and local environmental constraints. After application, the surface should be well rinsed with clean water

 

Removing weeds from a Resin Bound Surface 

Due to its construction, a resin bound surface is designed to be resistant to weeds and where necessary a geotextile membrane is laid prior to surfacing to prevent week growth. However, no matter how much care is taken, weeds may occasionally appear (as on any surface). This is usually a result of windblown seeds.

Fortunately, small numbers of weeds can be removed by hand without damaging the surface. If the weeds are removed by hand, it is important to ensure that the full root of the weed is extracted, not broken off.

Some weeds are more prolific if they are simply cut off at surface level. If the weeds are deep rooted, it is advisable to kill them off with an appropriate herbicide or weed killer. Localised areas of weed seeding infestation can be treated with domestic weed killers without causing damage to the surface.

Please note that staining may occur from tanning if surfaces are not kept clean from leaf debris, twigs, seeds etc.

 

Clearing snow from a Resin Bound Surface 

Throughout Winter months, snow and ice can become a problem with any surface. Unless the surface is sheltered, there is no way of preventing frost and snow completely. Fortunately, it is easy to clear.

Because a resin bound gravel surface is smooth and flat, you can clear snow with a standard snow shovel without spreading loose aggregates everywhere.

We do not recommend using a metal shovel as this may damage the surface if not used carefully.

Another benefit of a permeable resin bound surface is the moisture of snow can be absorbed into the ground below, which helps prevent icy patches.

RUBBER MULCH / WETPOUR SURFACE

Rubber Mulch/Wetpour is designed to withstand foot traffic only. Protection should be provided wherever possible against abnormal damage. Any type of vehicle should not be permitted to park on, or regularly drive over the surface.

You should be careful not to damage your grass with any of the following abnormal usages.

  1. Skips: Heavy skips with edges should not be placed directly onto your surface
  2. Sharp points: Avoid anything that applies a sharp point of pressure onto the surface.
  3. Dragging: You should never drag heavy objects across the surface.
  4. Spillage risks: Spillage of solvents should be avoided as these will soften and damage the surface

 

Routine cleaning

A number of potential issues with a rubber mulch/wetpour surface may be prevented by regularly sweeping it clean with a stiff broom. This will remove leaves and detritus materials and will prevent moss growth. Hosing down with a standard jet-wash will also help remove any foreign bodies, stains and other potentially damaging elements.

 

How to wash your Rubber Mulch/Wetpour Surface

To wash your surface, follow these simple steps:

  1. We recommend spraying with a hose pipe using a flat nozzle.
  2. Use a hose pipe with a low pressure. Excessive pressure could damage your surface.
  3. The water should be cool, but not too cold. A moderate temperature will prevent damage to the mulch.
  4. When spraying, your nozzle should be a minimum of 20cm from the surface. If a high-pressure hose pipe is sprayed too closely, it could damage the surface.
  5. Spray using a back and forth “sweeping” motion.

 

Removing moss and algae from a Rubber Mulch/Wetpour Surface

Periodical application of a proprietary moss and algae killer, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, will remove and prevent any regrowth. After application, the surface should be well rinsed with clean water

 

Removing weeds from a Rubber Mulch/Wetpour Surface

Bonded Rubber Mulch is designed to be resistant to weeds and where necessary a geotextile membrane is laid prior to surfacing to prevent week growth, However, no matter how much care is taken, weeds may occasionally appear (as on any surface). This is usually a result of windblown seeds.

Fortunately, small numbers of weeds can be removed by hand without damaging the surface. If the weeds are removed by hand, it is important to ensure that the full root of the weed is extracted, not broken off.

Some weeds are more prolific if they are simply cut off at surface level. If the weeds are deep rooted, it is advisable to kill them off with an appropriate herbicide or weed killer. Localised areas of weed seeding infestation can be treated with domestic weed killers without causing damage to the surface.

 

Clearing snow from a Rubber Mulch/Wetpour Surface

Throughout Winter months, snow and ice can become a problem with any driveway surface. Unless the surface is sheltered, there is no way of preventing frost and snow completely. Fortunately, it is easy to clear.

Because a resin bound gravel surface is smooth and flat, you can clear snow with a standard snow shovel without spreading loose aggregates everywhere.

We do not recommend using a metal shovel as this may damage the surface if not used carefully.

Another benefit of a permeable surface is the moisture of melted snow can be absorbed into the ground below, which helps prevent icy patches.

Should ice form on the surface and the area become slippy, rock salt / grit should not be used. This can damage the surface and reduce the porosity of the surface. We recommend a chemical de–icer, such as Magic Ice

Melt, which is non-toxic to humans, animals, and vegetation.

 

PLAYGROUND MARKINGS

Playground markings are designed to withstand foot traffic only. Protection should be provided wherever possible against abnormal damage. Any type of vehicle should not be permitted to park on, or regularly drive over the playground markings.

You should be careful not to damage your playground markings with any of the following abnormal usages.

  1. Skips: Heavy skips with edges should not be placed directly onto your playground markings.
  2. Sharp points: Avoid anything that applies a sharp point of pressure onto the markings.
  3. Dragging: You should never drag heavy objects across your playground markings
  4. Spillage risks: Spillage of solvents should be avoided as these will soften and damage the markings.

ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Artificial grass is designed to withstand foot traffic only. Protection should be provided wherever possible against abnormal damage. Any type of vehicle should not be permitted to park on, or regularly drive over the surface.

You should be careful not to damage your grass with any of the following abnormal usages.

 

  1. Skips: Heavy skips with edges should not be placed directly onto your artificial grass surface.
  2. Sharp points: Avoid anything that applies a sharp point of pressure onto the surface.
  3. Dragging: You should never drag heavy objects across your artificial grass surface.
  4. Spillage risks: Spillage of solvents should be avoided as these will soften and damage the grass

 

Routine cleaning

Several potential issues with a rubber mulch/wetpour surface may be prevented by regularly sweeping it clean with a stiff broom. This will remove leaves and detritus materials and will prevent moss growth. Hosing down with a standard jet-wash will also help remove any foreign bodies, stains and other potentially damaging elements.

 

Removing moss and algae from Artificial Grass

Periodical application of a proprietary moss and algae killer, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, will remove and prevent any regrowth. After application, the surface should be well rinsed with clean water

 

Removing weeds from Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is designed to be resistant to weeds and where necessary a geotextile membrane is laid prior to surfacing to prevent week growth. However, no matter how much care is taken, weeds may occasionally appear (as on any surface). This is usually a result of windblown seeds.

Fortunately, small numbers of weeds can be removed by hand without damaging the surface. If the weeds are removed by hand, it is important to ensure that the full root of the weed is extracted, not broken off.

Some weeds are more prolific if they are simply cut off at surface level. If the weeds are deep rooted, it is advisable to kill them off with an appropriate herbicide or weed killer. Localised areas of weed seeding infestation can be treated with domestic weed killers without causing damage to the surface.

Please note that staining may occur from tanning if surfaces are not kept clean from leaf debris, twigs, seeds etc.

 

Clearing snow from an Artificial Grass Surface

Throughout winter months, snow and ice can become a problem with any surface. Unless the surface is sheltered, there is no way of preventing frost and snow completely. Fortunately, it is easy to clear.

Because the grass surface is smooth and flat, you can clear snow with a standard snow shovel.

We do not recommend using a metal shovel as this may damage the surface if not used carefully.

Another benefit of a permeable surface is the moisture of snow can be absorbed into the ground below, which helps prevent icy patches.