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How To Clean Artificial Grass

How To Clean Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is made of synthetic fibers that are designed to resemble natural lawns. It offers numerous advantages, making it an excellent choice for both the home and sports fields.

It is true that artificial grass is easier to clean than real grass. However, anything exposed to the elements is automatically exposed to dust and debris. Since it is in a place where a lot of people walk by, It is most likely to get stains and spills on it. Neglecting these areas may need an additional trip to the shop, which can be rather costly.

Synthetic grass can last up to 10 to 20 years if properly maintained. Nonetheless, weekly or monthly grooming is required to ensure its longevity. This will also save you from having to deal with a heavy workload in the future.

Precautions To Be Taken While Cleaning an Artificial Grass

  • It is best to test a cleaning product on a small corner of the turn before applying.
  • Do not use harsh chemical products like bleach and hydrogen peroxide that will discolor the green grass and damage it.
  • Be careful while applying mineral spirit as it is highly inflammable.
  • Also, use a safety mask and glass while using a flammable cleaning agent.
  • Avoid using a normal vacuum to suck up the dirt on the grass. It will damage the grass blades. 

Preparing Necessary Equipment

  • Soft sponge
  • Non-abrasive brush
  • Blunt scraper
  • A clean cloth
  • Spray bottle or bowl
  • Garden Hose
  • Leaf Blower

Method Specific Cleaning Agents

  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • baking soda
  • Ice pack
  • Mineral spirit
  • Tea tree oil

How To Clean Artificial Grass Properly

Even though synthetic grass does not necessarily require extra effort. Cleaning should be done on a regular, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the area.

Regular/Weekly Cleaning

Regular weekly maintenance

If you want your artificial lawn to be durable, make sure to clean it regularly. Gather all the necessary equipment like a rake, garden hose, or leaf blower to remove the debris. Do not use a metal rake to collect debris as it can be harsh. Always use a soft-bristled brush that can make the grass stand straight up. 

  • Leaf blower to collect all the debris: For this, you need to get rid of debris like leaves with the help of a leaf blower. Collect all the leaves onto one corner and collect it. Not only leaf there can be twigs and critters that can get blown away by it. In case a leaf blower is not available, apply a rake to collect all the dirt from the grass.
  • Use a garden hose: Use a garden hose to get rid of dirt absorbed deep into the fibers. Maintain the hose at a medium level and thoroughly rinse off covering the entire area. Hold the hose one foot away from the grass surface. Make sure not to maximize the pressure of the hose as it can damage the fiber of the turf.
  • Remove all the weeds: You may notice weeds and moss buildup underneath the grass. Fallen leaves and pollen can be the reason behind it. For this issue, you can use a weed cleaner agent of 8 PH value.

Cleaning Stains On Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is typically installed in your backyard or in areas where your children play. Whether it’s a garden party, BBQ, or a playing setting for your kids or pets, there can be frequent spills. A spill could be barbecue sauce, alcohol, gum, or pet waste, but cleaning it up can be a real pain.

Using Mild Dishwashing soap

Using Mild Dishwashing soap

You can remove mild stains like alcohol, ketchup, coffee, and ice cream stains with this technique. Mild dishwashing soap and water mixture is very safe to use on artificial grass.

  1. Address the stain as soon as possible.
  2. Blot the spill with the help of a dry cloth to avoid further damage. 
  3. Wet the stained area with a garden hose.
  4. Make a mixture of mild dishwashing soap and water in a bowl.
  5. Dip a sponge in mild dishwashing soap and water mixture.
  6. Scrub it gently with the sponge.
  7. Then, with clean water rinse the spot.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Sprinkle Baking Soda

It is hard to eliminate greasy stains like barbecue sauce or oil with only a rinse. Deal with the grease immediately by sprinkling baking soda in such a stain. Not only eliminate the stain, but baking soda also leaves a good fragrance all over the space.

Steps:

  1. Blot the stained area using a clean cloth.
  2. Utilize a blunt scraper to remove as much grease as you can before it soaks onto the surface.
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the stain and let it sit for a half-hour.
  4. Use a sponge to lift the spot from the area.
  5. Vacuum the baking soda residue to complete the process.
  6. Rinse it again with clean water.
  7. Let it air dry lastly.

Apply Ice to the Sticky Stain

Apply ice on sticky stain

Whether it is gum, slime, or crayon, sticky materials are relatively tough to remove. Freeze the gum by putting ice above it. It hardens the sticky substance making it chip away.

Steps:

  1. Put ice or an ice pack over the sticky substance.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Gently scrape the stain using a blunt scraper after it is solid.
  4. Soak a clean cloth with a small amount of mineral spirit.
  5. Clean the surface until there is no residue.

Don’t let it seep too deep into the turf. It is okay to use this same method to remove slime from the carpet too.

Mix Tea Tree Oil and Water for Mildew Stain

Mix Tea tree Oil and water For Mildew stain

There are low chances of perceiving mildew on the fake grass. Areas that are prone to getting more rain and no shade have mold problems in their basement, garage, and artificial lawn. Somehow poor drainage systems can also make water trapped on the grass underneath. This will result in Mildew build-up in no time. 

Steps:

  1. Mix tea tree oil and water and spray onto the damaged area.
  2. With a clean cloth wipe the mildew.
  3. And for the oil residue, use warm water and mild dishwashing soap and wash it away. 

Tips for Monthly Maintenance

monthly maintenance

For not-so-heavy traffic area , cleaning the turf monthly is enough. If the weather around the area you are residing in is rainy then it can be self-cleansed with the help of rainwater. Still, you might opt for basic cleaning procedures to keep your grass clean.

  • Rake the whole area to remove leaves and other debris.
  • Use a garden hose or install a sprinkler system to get rid of the dirt. 
  • Use a synthetic bristle brush to keep the grass aligned and upright. Do not use a metal brush as it can damage the grass fibers. 
  • You can apply sand infill to give the grass some cushioning. Silica sands also provide UV protection to the backing material.
  • Treat the weed growth once in a while using a weed killer. Be sure not to damage the turf fibers while spraying them. You can also install a weed barrier if you do not have time to look out for weeds. Call a specialist to lodge it.

How Do Get Rid of Pet Waste and Odor From Artificial Grass?

Artificial grass installation in a pet-owned household is not the same as in other homes. Pets adore playing and sitting around the turf. Not only resting on it, but you might also encounter pets relieving themselves on the grass. 

In the case of solid waste, scoop it up with a collector bag and eliminate any residue mess with a hose thoroughly. Utilize detergent and water mixture to get rid of the urine odor. Or, apply enzymatic grass cleaner that you can purchase from the stores. It will successfully remove the build-up odor and secure the surface from bacteria. 

People also recommend using a 50:50 mixture of vinegar and water to remove the waste smell. But this will tether vinegar scent on the artificial grass, which is even tough to abolish. 

How To Avoid Damaging the Turf?

There are some preventive measures to avoid damaging the fake turf and make it last in the long run. Some of them are given below:

  • Never barbecue over the artificial grass surface. If hot coals drop onto its surface, it can melt the synthetic making the whole yard look unattractive.
  • Place bird feeders away from the turf. If you don’t want to clean bird droppings regularly.
  • Do not run cars and other heavy vehicles over the grass. It will flatten the fibers and permanently vandalize them.
  • Keep sharp objects away from the turf area. Tools with sharp edges can ruin the grass blades. 
  • While painting, cover the turf with a plastic sheet. Paint stain can be tough to remove once it sets on the fibers.

How To Remove Snow From Artificial Turf?

Letting the snowmelt by itself is the best way to remove it from the grass. However, if you want the snow gone as soon as possible, utilize a leaf blower to eliminate snow from the turf surface. Minimal accumulation of about an inch of the snow is easy to brush away with the help of a sweeper. Do not damage the surface by being harsh.

Only sweeping the snow is not enough in the event of high volume snow accumulation. You need to shovel to plow the snow from the grass. Start the shoveling slowly and steadily. After being done with the top layer of the snow, leave an inch or two of snow on the grass. Sweep the rest using a brush. You can utilize a leaf blower also.