How To Maintain Playground Surfaces


Playground Surfacing

Resurfacing your school’s playground is a significant investment. Though the new surface should last many years if it’s laid by a reputable company, you can extend its lifespan further with periodic cleaning and maintenance, protecting your investment and keeping your pupils safe.

The maintenance you should carry out (and the methods for doing so) will vary depending on the surface you’ve chosen for your playground. Many modern playgrounds utilise wet pour rubber surfaces – at least in certain areas – due to their impact-absorbing properties, reducing the likelihood of injury. So, in this guide, we’re focusing entirely on the wet pour rubber surface.


Children will be children, and they’re likely to end up falling over or sitting down on the rubber surface on a regular basis. Keeping it clean is vital, as this lessens the risk of them getting hurt; stones and debris can soon build up on the surface, negating the safety benefits it ordinarily brings.

We’d recommend jet washing the area periodically to remove dirt, though a low pressure setting must be used to avoid damaging the surface. In between cleans, it’s also a good idea to sweep loose debris from the surface with a broom.

Preparing for winter

When the ground begins to ice up, it may be tempting to put some salt or grit onto the playground surface to keep it safe. This is best avoided though, as the material could be damaged as a result. Instead, seek out a non-toxic chemical de-icer which is safe for use on wet pour.

Get a school playground surfacing quote today

If you’re interested in getting your school’s playground resurfaced, speak to the team at A&MT Contractors. Though our depots are located in Peterborough and Romford, we’re able to take on projects across the UK. Contact us today for friendly advice and a free, no-obligation quote.