Indeed, rubber soft-fall is low maintenance in the sense that once it is properly installed, there is no need for much revamp or upkeep. This is because its sturdy nature will shelter it from possible harm deriving from continuous usage, friction, or external pressure. However, low maintenance does not equate to no maintenance. Most of the time, we neglect that regardless of how much less work we are likely to be bothered with, there is still a need for proper overseeing work to be done so that the soft-fall can be used for a even longer period.
Generally, there are two main types of rubber soft-fall maintenance – the proactive and reactive. Proactive refers to the sweeping and brushing job which one has to engaged in, to prevent dirt and dust from accumulating within the surface and causing damage or contamination in the long run. Besides, during winter, owners also need to be mentally prepared for the clearing of ice and snow to prevent any damage to the rubber surface. On the other hand, reactive maintenance refers to basic repair and fixing of the rubber soft-fall.
Proactive is usually completed in a regular interval of once a month and reactive is only done when necessary. Even though they are not required so often, owners will still need to engage them as small acts will ensure the saving of big money in the long run. For example, if the rubber soft-fall is used in a school compound or playground, there is a need for a quick fix-up when damage is being done, so as to prevent it from worsening via negligence. Similarly, for running tracks, possible damages may result in danger or making the surface totally unplayable.
Some owners overlook the necessity of consistent maintenance as they see it as a waste of time. In fact, the removal of contamination accumulated over time and the resurfacing and refurbishment services for the existing facilities, take even long time. Some of the major revamp work may distort the original look, playability, or aesthetic pleasure of the original rubber soft-fall, as the new restored colours may add a sense of artificiality into the existing natural and season-looking of the soft-fall.
Some users may question what if the compound already comes with rubber soft-fall left from the previous owners? In that case, there is a need to engage in experts to examine the condition of the soft-fall and the new owner will have the option of either removing it totally, partial repair it, or a total renewal. Either of this option will depend on the materials and manpower that the engaged company have and also the new owner’s budget.
The best way to main rubber soft-fall is to pitch for reliable and regular maintenance service and if you are unable to do so personally, always request for an expert’s help.