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Surface sanitation is probably the most overlooked aspect of field maintenance and perhaps the most dangerous. Unlike natural turf systems, in-filled systems can harbor a wide variety of harmful micro-organisms. Especially in warmer months, the microbial activity grows significantly. Colonial formations of these pathogens can have a duration of 7 to 14 days, making the spread of infection a major concern

FieldGroomers, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreensGroomer WorldWide, is the exclusive service firm offering field sanitation/sterilization services using the proven technology of Germicidal UVC.

Current Methods

Detergents do little to effect these pathogens and anti-microbial chemical treatments can cause a wide variety of skin irritations and are costly to employ on a regular basis. Additionally, many state and local governments are quickly restricting or eliminating the use of these chemical treatments.

It is important to note that the use of these various chemicals can have an adverse effect on local stormwater runoff and are known to intrude on natural habitats.

UVC Equipment

Although UVC technology is new to the sports turf industry, it is not new to many other industries that now rely on it for sanitation. Developed heavily in the 1920s, UVC technology is now the primary solution when combating micro-organisms. Food processors and air/water treatment facilities/specialists, for example, use this technology to secure the nation’s food, air, and water supply safely and economically.

Launched in 2011, the GreenZapr™ represents a new standard in synthetic turf safety. Built around germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) lights, the GreenZapr disinfects synthetic surfaces with powerful exposure, instantly destroying harmful micro-organisms. From viruses such as Hepatitis, HIV, and Influenza to bacteria such as MRSA, E-Coli, Salmonella, and Staph, GreenZapr creates the ultimate benchmark for field safety.

For more information on the GreenZapr, visit the Product Page on the GreensGroomer Website here.

Safe on Synthetic Surfaces

It is important to note that although UVC is hard on germs, it’s not hard on the field. We’ve put the UVC technology through exhaustive laboratory tests. We exposed synthetic turf to a range of sample applications that simulated 1, 6, and 24 hour exposure times. These times translate to 8, 50 and 200 years of twice daily GreenZapr use. The effected samples were put through a range of ASTM standard material tests. The results showed no difference between the three samples and the control sample.