Today’s homeowners may prefer artificial grass to natural grass because it remains lush and green all year round, let alone it can last up to 15 years. Plus, you save a significant amount of time on lawn care since you don’t have to get rid of moss in the lawn, think about if you can cut it when wet, or spend money on buying lawn mowers and scarifiers. You can spend more time enjoying your garden because it doesn’t require trimming, mowing, watering, or fertilisers.
You might think that laying artificial grass is the difficult part. However, cleaning artificial grass is something that many people overlook after it has been placed. In this guide, we will show you why you actually need to clean it, and we’ve put up a checklist of things for you to keep in mind when doing it. We’ll go through how to clean grass, how to maintain it, and what tools to use to make the process go smoothly.
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Why you should clean your artificial grass regularly
Your artificial grass is a germ haven, and kids enjoy running barefoot on it because it feels pleasant, and that is why they risk contracting ringworm, pinworm, or black mould. Then, they may well bring it into the house, which is exactly what you don’t need.
Also, pets transmit fleas, ticks, and worms, and they’re usually the source of many terrible things that can sneak into and onto your property. Regular maintenance may keep such troubles at bay, allowing you and your family to relax and enjoy your artificial lawn without stress.
The material in the infill and turf blades can break down over time and turn into dust, which youngsters can inhale too. This is not something you want your child, pet, or yourself breathing constantly. That is why maintenance is vital!
Removing light stains on artificial grass
You may notice food or beverage stains on your lawn if you have an outdoor kitchen or enjoy hosting a BBQ party. Although artificial grass is stain resistant, food spills can leave a terrible residue that requires special attention.
A little elbow grease and a light cleaner will quickly remove any stain. First, use a plastic spatula or spoon to scrape away any solid waste or debris from the surface.
If it’s a drink spillage, you’ll want to use a paper towel first to soak up the excess liquid. Then, use your hose to rinse the area. If it doesn’t work, scrub the stain using a mixture of warm water and a mild household cleaner such as a delicate fabric detergent, a washing up liquid, or an eco-friendly cleaner.
Then, rinse the cleansed area using water. Once the site has dried, brush it with a hard brush to keep the fibres in good shape. When eliminating stains, keep in mind that corrosive harsh chemicals should never be used. Cleaners containing chlorine bleach, caustic cleaners with a PH greater than 9, or acidic cleaners with a PH less than 5 can damage grass blades and fade the colour.
Removing difficult stains on artificial grass
Stubborn stains are difficult to remove from artificial turf and require special treatment. To begin with, blot any extra stain residue with a towel, being cautious not to wipe the liquid as this may distribute it over a broader area of the grass. After that, wipe the stain with a foamy carpet cleaning detergent.
Apply it as indicated and allow it to settle for a reasonable amount of time. Then, blot the stain to see if the detergent has begun to remove it. You can then clean the area and groom the fibres if it has. It’s possible that you’ll have to reapply a few times to completely erase the stain.
When you have difficult grease and oily stains, you will need to use mineral spirits. First, blot up the excess stain and be extra cautious not to press it deeper into your synthetic lawn or spread it over a greater area. Then, apply the mineral spirits with a cloth or sponge once the excess oil or grease has been removed.
Clean the area thoroughly and wipe away any liquid that may have remained. Then, use a hose to rinse the area and groom the grass with a firm brush once it has dried.
Grooming is especially crucial in regions where oil and grease have harmed the grass, as it can weigh it down and prevent it from standing upright. Other oil-based stains, such as candle wax, cooking oil, and crayons can also be removed with this solution.
It’s far easier to lay down a tarp to catch any spills than it is to clean up the stains afterwards if you’re working on your vehicle or lawn equipment.
If you noticed particularly difficult staining that appears to be mould, don’t worry. It’s easy to get rid of, much like bacteria. Using a sponge, apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected area, then thoroughly rinse with water. If you leave hydrogen peroxide on the surface for too long, it can discolour your fake grass, but it is the quickest approach to permanently treat and kill mould. After the area has dried, groom the fibres to keep them in good shape.
How to clean dog urine from artificial grass
Leaving dog urine untreated can become a big problem. When your dog does its business, flushing off the leftovers with water is the simplest technique to remove pet waste. Urine cannot destroy artificial grass, but because synthetic turf acts much like an indoor carpet, it absorbs odours, and no one would enjoy a stinking garden.
Although a hard downpour will wash away the dirt and pet urine that can degrade the appearance and smell of your artificial grass, you definitely won’t want to wait for a rainstorm before tackling the unclean, stinky patches.
As the odour can build up over time, pet owners will need to keep an eye on their pets and make sure to “mark the spot.” A very efficient approach to keeping your grass odour-free is to sprinkle the area with baking soda and then follow up with a diluted combination of water and vinegar.
Clean the grass with an artificial turf spray on a regular basis. Artificial turf sprays are gentle detergents that clean the grass without hurting it while also killing bacteria and neutralising odours from pets. Most sprays are designed to be attached to garden hoses, making the whole thing quite easy to do. Spray your grass every other month or as needed to keep it in good shape and prevent odours from accumulating.
How to clean gum or sap from artificial grass
Tree sap and chewing gum are incredibly sticky and difficult to remove with plain water. Place ice cubes on the affected area until they freeze. The residue can be delicately chipped off with a putty knife or spatula after that. It’s almost the same process as removing chewing gum from your carpet.
After you’ve removed most of it, scrub the area with a gentle cleanser to remove any remaining parts. Then, use a hard bristle brush to groom the fibres after rinsing the area with a hose. Keep in mind that moving your tool side to side can cut the grass, so always move it upwards.
How to look after your artificial grass
Although it is relatively low maintenance, there are a few tips you’ll need to follow so that your grass looks great and is always in good shape:
You may notice surface weeds developing in your grass on occasion. By gently tugging them up, you can easily remove them. It’s critical to remove leaves and other natural waste from your artificial grass lawn as often as possible to keep weeds at bay. A hard brush or a leaf blower can be used for this. You can also apply a pet-friendly weed killer to your backyard. This will make your lawn seem and look better and keep it healthy and weed-free for as long as possible.
Brush it on a regular basis
Even the highest-quality artificial turf will eventually become flat with time, especially if it is subjected to heavy foot traffic. Brush your lawn once a month with a brush made of synthetic bristles to keep it looking healthy.
Brushing your lawn, like washing it, can help to eliminate any debris that has accumulated between the blades. It will help revitalise the lawn by re-aligning the grass blades and preventing matting, which may occur if a lawn is neglected over a long period of time.
If artificial grass is installed in your back garden, you should brush against the pile of the lawn, i.e. brush away from your home. If you put it in your front garden, you should brush it against the house so that it stands upright.
Remove leaves and debris
Debris such as leaves and twigs will eventually find their way into your synthetic grass, especially in the autumn. This will not harm it, but it is possible that the rubbish will encourage the growth of weeds.
As such, it’s a good idea to clean up any leaves and twigs on a regular basis. We recommend using metal rakes, a stiff broom, a plastic rake, or a leaf blower/vacuum to accomplish this. Obviously, using a blower/vacuum is the most convenient solution here, but it is not a must. A specialist artificial lawn rake or a good stiff broom would just do it all.
This guide should have answered by now all of your questions, and you will find it easier to maintain your new grass. Following these tips will ensure that it receives the best care possible!