I own a field, in Italy, where we have had airball for two years.
we bought a new field at the time, and it is now almost completely wrecked.
most bunkers have holes, and only last 15 minutes before deflating completely...
we have always washed our bunkers, after every use, with hose and this tool I'm not sure what to call
I'm sure some bunkers have been damaged by refs being too energetic about the cleaning, but still it seems weird that they are now all completely broken down.
the fact is we have seen fields close to us use their airball bunkers with less problems for almost a decade. They are almost completely white on the sides, because they never cleaned them BUT THEY ARE STILL UP!
now we have a new set of bunkers, in another field, and we are wondering whether it is worth cleaning them or not.
The main reason to stop doing it is that it is a cost for us (we have to pay the refs to clean)
and some of our refs are now telling me they think we should stop cleaning the bunkers because "the white layer may protect the bunkers from the sun"
what do you think?