Artificial Turf: Frequently Asked Questions
Artificial turf is a great grass alternative, with many homeowners choosing to install it over natural grass. Benefits of artificial turf include: it’s durable, pet friendly, helps with water conservation & is low maintenance. However, although synthetic grass requires very little care compared to that of real grass some maintenance & upkeep is needed. So, how do you care for artificial turf? We have the answers to all of your questions!
How Often Should I Clean My Artificial Turf?
Artificial turf should be sprayed off with hose water at least once a week. If you have pets that tend to leave messes it is suggested to spray those areas as needed. Spraying it down with a light/normal stream of water helps to keep smells & bacteria at bay. NEVER use a power washer or vacuum on artificial turf, as it can severely damage the fibers.
What Can I Use To Clean My Artificial Turf?
There are many specialized artificial turf products available on the market, but here at Blue Star Irrigation & Landscape,we recommend using DIY cleaning solutions of natural soap & water. A small amount of natural soap & water in a spray bottle can then be sprayed on any problem or dirty area. Equal parts of white vinegar & water can be used too! In fact, the white vinegar solution is great for tough stains like cooking/engine oil, paint, or sunscreen.
What Do I Do If My Artificial Turf Is Really Really Dirty?
If you have extremely dirty artificial turf a solution of about 3% dish soap mixed with hot water can be applied to the area. You can also use a dish brush or sponge to help remove any tough hard to get stains. Rinse away dish soap & water mixture after applied. You want to avoid using any harsh chemicals or leaving a cleaning solution or soap on your synthetic grass for long periods of time as this can lead to the damaging & weakening of its synthetic fibers.
How Do I Get Rid Of Pet Smells From My Artificial Turf?
While artificial turf was designed with pets in mind they can still reek a bit of havoc on the synthetic fibers of the grass if their messes aren’t properly cleaned. Not to mention some nasty smells & unwanted bacteria! Gently cleansing any area with your DIY soap/water or white vinegar solution & rinsing thoroughly with water usually helps. If smells persist, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area, let it soak in the smell & rinse away thoroughly with water.
What Do I Do If My Artificial Turf Starts To Lay Flat?
Over time artificial turf can lose its “fluff” and begin to lay flat. Should this happen or if you begin to notice it happening start brushing it regularly with a plastic bristle or synthetic bristle brush. Brush it in the opposite direction the grass is laying or against the grain. In some cases, silica sand needs to be applied to help rejuvenate & add fluff back to extremely matted or flatted turf. You can also use a leaf blower to blow any debris, dirt, leaves, etc. that can contribute to the flattening of your turf. It is also important to keep in mind that it is best to remove any debris in the grass when needed. This means leaves, twigs, sticks, rocks, pet dander, etc. This will help add to the overall lifespan of your artificial turf & keep it looking its best!
Have additional artificial turf maintenance & care questions? We would love to help! We also offer expert artificial turf installation & artificial turf repair and extend our contractor pricing to those looking to install artificial turf themselves. Give us a call today!