One of the most appealing features of synthetic turf is that it does not require the amount of care and maintenance a natural grass lawn must have. Never again will you need to fertilize, mow, aerate or waste huge amounts of water to have green grass surrounding your home.
However, this does not mean that artificial turf is completely maintenance free; to keep your synthetic grass looking its best and to get the most enjoyment out of your investment, you will need to perform a bit of regular cleaning and maintenance.
Clean and Maintain Artificial Grass
How often you need to perform artificial grass maintenance tasks will depend on your particular situation. For example, if you have outdoor pets, children, or lots of trees and shrubs, you will likely need to clean your synthetic lawn more often than homeowners who do not have these factors at play. If you live in a particularly dusty area, this may also prompt you to rinse down your fake lawn more often.
Conversely, during rainy months, you can allow the rain to wash your lawn and may not need to spray it down as often. Because of the various factors that make your situation unique, consider the following maintenance schedule suggestion and amend it to best suit your needs.
Weekly Artificial Lawn Maintenance
Most homeowners will need to lightly rinse down their synthetic lawns once per week. Spraying down the grass fibers with a hose will remove dust and other small debris that has accumulated between washings.
Monthly Artificial Lawn Maintenance
A more thorough synthetic grass cleaning, performed on a monthly basis, will help keep your lawn green, clean and inviting.
How To Perform Monthly Artificial Grass Maintenance
- Remove dust, dirt and leaves with a stiff brush.
- Use a broom or handled brush and sweep against the natural grain of the grass to groom it into an upright position.
To remove dust, dirt, leaves and other debris, use a flexible lawn rake, a broom with stiff bristles or a stiff brush. If you choose to use a stiff brush, make sure you do not choose one with steel bristles, which could damage the grass.
Cleaning your grass in this manner is also an effective way to maintain the upright position of each blade. Keep in mind that you may need to perform this level of maintenance more often if you have pets or during seasons when trees and shrubs lose their leaves or bloom.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your grass, you may find that it is not standing as upright as you would like. You may also notice that your grass is not erect in certain areas after you, a family member or pet has lain on it. This is easy to fix by simply grooming your lawn by using a broom or handled brush to brush against the natural grain to encourage each blade of artificial grass to stand up properly. Regular grooming also prevents matting and keeps your lawn’s infill from compacting.
How to Remove Pet Waste from Artificial Grass
Synthetic turf is a pet-friendly option, and pet owners can rest assured that little additional maintenance is required to keep their lawns looking great.
How To Clean Pet Waste off of Artificial Grass
- Remove solid waste using a baggie or pooper scooper.
- Hose down the area.
- Spray where pet urinates at least once a week.
- Apply a turf neutralizer if needed.
To remove pet droppings from grass, simply use your preferred method for removing solid pet waste. This could be a plastic bag or a pooper scooper, for example. Once you have removed the solid waste, hose down the area in which the pet waste was located.
Most pets have favorite places to relieve themselves, which makes pet urine removal simple as well. To clean pet urine on artificial grass, use a hose to spray down the area at least one time each week.
To ensure that your lawn stays clean and odor-free, you may want to hose down your pet’s favorite urination area more often. It is also recommended that you keep a bottle of turf urine odor neutralizer handy, which will allow you to avoid lawn odors with quick, regular treatments of the area.
Some pet owners choose to create a separate bathroom area for their pets in order to make fake lawn maintenance even easier. This could be a dirt or gravel patch in a side yard or other area. Dogs can often be trained to use these separate areas, making this a viable option for homeowners that do not want to clean pet waste from their synthetic turf. Keep in mind that this is not really necessary, since artificial turf is an ideal option for pet owners, particularly when compared to natural grass. Make sure to let your installer know that you have pets when you are making your installation appointment.
When pets are involved, turf installation should be completed differently, including the addition of turf deodorizer to the base preparation, a recommended membrane between the base and the turf to allow enhanced air circulation and additional turf deodorizer on top with the installation of the infill.
How to Clean Artificial Grass: Spills, Chewing Gum, Blood and Other Unfortunate Occurrences
Lawns are meant to be lived on, which means drinks may be spilled, chewing gum or candy may be dropped, roughhousing may result in a bit of blood or mustard may drip from plates during a family barbecue.
Artificial turf is stain resistant, which makes cleaning up spills and other accidents easy. Most spills can simply be rinsed away with water. If residue remains after hosing off the area, you can use a mild, natural soap with warm water or a half-and-half mix of vinegar and water, which is also a great option for removing bacteria.
The key to effectively removing spills is to respond quickly. Spills are easiest to remove when they are still in liquid form and can be simply washed away.
Chewing gum, candy and other sticky substances can usually be removed just by picking them up with your hand; however, if a piece of chewing gum is being particularly difficult to remove, you can chill the gum with an ice cube to make it easier to remove completely. You can also use a plastic putty knife or similar tool for tougher removals. If this is required, make sure you use a dull object that will not cut or tear the synthetic turf. Do not use harsh chemicals or solvents to remove spills or sticky substances from your lawn.