By Eric Michaels

How to Clean a Basketball Court during a Tournament

Basketball tournaments put extra strain on cleaning teams. The usual concerns of keeping the courts in good condition are multiplied, and time constraints between games complicate the situation. If your school or organization is preparing for a tournament this winter, consider how you will handle maintenance so participants walk away with the best possible impression.


Here are some tips on how to clean a basketball court at tournament time.


Prepare for All Variables


Most basketball tournaments take place in winter or early spring, and that means mud, snow, debris, and other hazards will likely get tracked onto the floor by fans and players. Even when you have good weather on your side, sweat from the players and spills from refreshments can complicate the cleaning process. You should have cleaning materials on hand to counteract grease, sweat, and anything else making the floor slick so you can quickly fix issues at halftime or between games.


Have a System for Spot Cleaning


When you have specific issues on the court like a spilled sports drink or blood from an injury, it's helpful to have a system in place to do quick soil removal. Mops are ineffective because they take too long to dry and have the potential for cross-contamination. Instead, use a AutoVac for effective cleaning and faster drying.


Perform Full Cleanings between Games


Even when you have a break between games, your cleaning strategy should be as quick as possible so you have time to treat the problem areas your team encounters. Autoscrubbers are bulky and difficult to operate, so they tend to waste too much time handling the job. The AutoVac will allow you to maximize the number of games you can pack into a tournament without compromising your facilities. Battery-powered systems are an ideal choice, as they allow your team the chance to clean the entire floor without having to stop to move the electrical cord.


Protect the Floor


While your team must keep the court clean and safe for play, you also have an obligation to protect your organization's investment in the gym facilities. Consider the effect that an autoscrubber will have on the floor's finish if used multiple times in one day. If you use an autoscrubber before and after every tournament game, you may find that you need to invest in expensive refinishing by the end of the tournament. However, with an autovac, there's no chance of wear and tear to the floor when you clean. Look into systems like this that will have little to no impact on a floor's finish.


It's important to figure out how to clean a basketball court during a tournament to manage soil and liquid removal with a fast-drying system. Click here to learn about cleaning with floor safety in mind.


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