If you're responsible for the care of a hardwood badminton court, you'll need to know how to go about maintaining it properly. Correct care not only helps the court to last longer, but it also makes it much more enjoyable to play on. Read on for some helpful tips on maintaining a hardwood badminton court.
What you'll need
- vacuum cleaner
- soft yard brush
- fabric or sponge mop and bucket with wringer
- washing-up liquid
- warm water
How to do it
The main enemy of hardwood badminton courts is dust and grit, which may be tracked in on peoples' outdoor shoes or just carried in the air. This dirt acts just like sandpaper, scratching the surface of the court and forming a layer of tiny granules that make the court extremely slippery and dangerous for players. Over time, this damage will mean that you will need to have the court resurfaced.
You can help to keep dirt from being tracked onto the court from outside by fitting walk-off mats at the entrance and exits to the court building and insisting that people remove their outdoor footwear before walking on the court itself.
Hardwood courts should be cleaned at least once a week, regardless of how frequently they are used.
- Begin your hardwood floor maintenance routine by vacuuming the walk-off mats to get rid of any dust and dirt.
- Take a soft-bristled yard brush and sweep the whole court and surrounding area. It's important to include the whole area around the court to prevent dust from around the edge being tracked onto the court during play. Be methodical in your approach and work from one end of the area, moving from one side of the room to the other, until you've covered the whole floor.
- Now vacuum the whole floor using the vacuum cleaner hose and flat, hard floor attachment or with the roller brushes raised on upright machines.
- Make up a solution of warm water and washing-up liquid. Give your mop a thorough soaking in the solution and be sure to squeeze out all excess water in the mop wringer. It's important that you don't saturate the floor as water could soak between the planks, causing the wood to swell and become misshapen.
- Mop the whole floor area to lift away any residual fine dust. Pause to rinse out the mop every few passes.
In order to keep your hardwood badminton court in good condition, you should clean it at least weekly by following the guidelines above. If the court is in heavy use, you may need to consider having it sanded and resurfaced every few years to keep it in good condition. For more information, contact local professionals like Premier Sports & Leisure.