Tennis Court Cleaning

DunRite

New member
I booked a job we completed the other day- Indoor Tennis Courts

I visited the job site-everything looked good- 4 courts each side of building with a new drainage system against 1 wall with 2 pump pits for each set of courts- a french drain along the backside of the wall running the full length

They didn't want to go for the surface cleaner pricing so we agreed to downstream a light application and wand/rinse everything towards the drains for a lower number- still was a good price for me


2 guys 2 days i was figuring at most which would allow for any touch ups afterwards on areas we needed to hit again


So we setup and start and everything is going as planned but i notice the water inst draining towards the back wall as it should


The courts turned out to be totally un level, the drains were put against the wrong wall and were pushing water towards them only to have it run back at us leaving lakes of water all over to have to be vacuumed up and squeegeed to the drains- in some areas 75 feet plus


i brought a 3rd guy in and we completed the job in 3 days instead of 2- Place looks great but tough getting there


Needless to say i assumed the courts were level- even the owner couldn't believe how un level they are.2014-08-26 10.27.16.jpg

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Benjamin

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Vacuum + surface cleaner + 8 GPM or you could have had this done in a day by the looks of the photo's.

I am glad you got this figured out and both you and the customer were happy, hopefully you didn't loose you shirt in the $$$ department.
 

DunRite

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Vacuum + surface cleaner + 8 GPM or you could have had this done in a day by the looks of the photo's.

I am glad you got this figured out and both you and the customer were happy, hopefully you didn't loose you shirt in the $$$ department.

I did good

They werent going for $$$ for surface cleaning- gave them a 2nd option which should've taken 2 guys 1.5 days

Well, it went a bit longer- live and learn- everyone still happy
 

Reider

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Mike - Out of all of the interior warehouse jobs we have done, approximately 75% of them were always sloped the wrong way, or the drains didn't function properly. We learned this on our first warehouse and have since always assumed this will happen again when pricing the next job. You are exactly correct when you said "live and learn."
 

Craig

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From my experience you normally can't vac surface clean a tennis court coating. Most of them are pretty weak and damage easily. Maybe it's because I live in the Desert but even with an adjustable height SC it would still strip (lift off the top particles of coating in the overlap).

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Luis Orts

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Those billy goat blowers work a charm when you have them... I've been burned before on an interior job, and I learned VERY quickly lol

Learning is what it's all about man.
 

Scott Stone

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From my experience you normally can't vac surface clean a tennis court coating. Most of them are pretty weak and damage easily. Maybe it's because I live in the Desert but even with an adjustable height SC it would still strip (lift off the top particles of coating in the overlap).

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Trust me, I hate tennis courts. I had to pay, out of pocket to resurface ten tennis courts once. I think it was $35 k, because they would not believe that because the paint was showing through before we started that it wasn't our fault. There were a few employee issues, too. Leading up to, don't hire morons that cannot follow simple directions.
 

Rapid HotClean

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Trust me, I hate tennis courts. I had to pay, out of pocket to resurface ten tennis courts once. I think it was $35 k, because they would not believe that because the paint was showing through before we started that it wasn't our fault. There were a few employee issues, too. Leading up to, don't hire morons that cannot follow simple directions.

Wow! Mike, you got off easy!
 

DunRite

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Trust me, I hate tennis courts. I had to pay, out of pocket to resurface ten tennis courts once. I think it was $35 k, because they would not believe that because the paint was showing through before we started that it wasn't our fault. There were a few employee issues, too. Leading up to, don't hire morons that cannot follow simple directions.

Craig- Your telling me low pressure tips on a surface cleaner would effect the finish??? These are indoor

We rinsed with a 25degree tip with no issues

Just want to make sure
 

Craig

Member
Craig- Your telling me low pressure tips on a surface cleaner would effect the finish??? These are indoor

We rinsed with a 25degree tip with no issues

Just want to make sure

Probably! I have had 40 degree tips in my Landa still make marks when the spray bar was adjusted all the way up and tips angled farther away from the concrete. Tip to impact length was probably 8".

Nowadays we apply a little EBC, scrub them with brooms and rinse off.


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DunRite

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Scott - thanks for posting

i felt overall everything went rather well with the exception of the water draining properly
 

Vince Wood

New member
I see alot of questions about cleaning tennis courts on here.

Just a thought, maybe at a future round table there could be a demonstration on how to properly clean a tennis court.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
I see alot of questions about cleaning tennis courts on here.

Just a thought, maybe at a future round table there could be a demonstration on how to properly clean a tennis court.

That's the problem Vince, I don't believe any pressure should be applied.

All the courts I've cleaned I contacted manufacture for recommended products.

I used very little pressure. Glorified hose rinse, allowed the chemicals to work on dirt.

If they had scuff marks like all courts do we addressed the bad ones with special care.

Concrete courts we just cleaned them with the same precautions.

Ike the play ground equipment we have recently been getting into for the last two years the court business is there in private an public domain.


Been cleaning a ton of multipurpose courts lately with my sons company.

He's getting ready to turn it up a notch.


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BrooksPW

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That's the problem Vince, I don't believe any pressure should be applied.

All the courts I've cleaned I contacted manufacture for recommended products.

I used very little pressure. Glorified hose rinse, allowed the chemicals to work on dirt.

If they had scuff marks like all courts do we addressed the bad ones with special care.

Concrete courts we just cleaned them with the same precautions.

Ike the play ground equipment we have recently been getting into for the last two years the court business is there in private an public domain.


Been cleaning a ton of multipurpose courts lately with my sons company.

He's getting ready to turn it up a notch.


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I have only done one tennis court we used our roof cleaning pump to apply the mix then did a good rinsing, I would think a surface cleaner would do some real damage. No?
 

DunRite

New member
I have only done one tennis court we used our roof cleaning pump to apply the mix then did a good rinsing, I would think a surface cleaner would do some real damage. No?

Thats what Craig, Ron and Scott seem to think

Id still like to try a test spot if its not an epoxy rubberized finish

I do think the safe way is what Ron suggested though, really cant go wrong

Biggest concern is NEVER assume anything is level- including an indoor tennis court!
 

BrooksPW

New member
Some are asphalt under with the green top coating whatever material it is. I have seen pictures of damage from surface cleaners on tennis courts before I think when we did one years ago I did a lot of searching and found all kinds of info, Just been a long time now and I can't recall.


The job you did looks great though nice work! I remember how much rinsing we had to do without water on site, It sucked!
 
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