Are you looking to cut down your high water costs, trade in the hours spent mowing your grass, dripping in sweat during sweltering hot summer months? Or even just add some beauty to your garden without the hassle and not sure where to start?
Well, you're at the right place!
Artificial grass is a great investment; it is the spitting image of convenience and beauty added to your backyard. But with anything, they will still need some TLC from time to time, and I'm going to show you how.
You can say goodbye to spending a fortune on fertilizing, mowing, watering, or aerate your natural grass lawn. Artificial grass does not require near as much cair as natural grass one!
Despite being super easy to look after and certainly much more convenient than regular grass, that doesn't mean it's completely maintenance-free.
But no need to worry; to make things easier for you, I have devised a guide on how to easily regularly clean your artificial turf with convenience maintenance tips so you can make the most out of your artificial turf.
Let's jump into my top maintenance tips for artificial grass!
How often you should do artificial grass maintenance will depend on some factors such as whether you have children, lots of trees and plants, whether you have outdoor pets like a rabbit or dog. If you have any of these, then I'm sorry to say your synthetic lawn will need cleaning more often.
Furthermore, if you live in a warm state next to desserts or just very prone to dust and sandstorms, then you may need to clean your artificial grass more often.
If you live in a state that is prone to a lot of rain, then I have good news, you can let the rain wash away your artificial turf, and it may not require as much maintenance as others.
Before even starting your maintenance, you should consider all the various factors of your situation first and then decide on a maintenance schedule.
Most homeowners rinse their artificial lawns with the hose on a weekly basis, especially if you live in a particularly dusty state, then you may want to lightly rinse down your synthetic grass once a week.
Rinsing the synthetic fibers will help remove any dust, grit, small bits of debris that have wedged between the fibers between washes.
A leaf blower is also a brilliant or lawn vacuum for eliminating fallen leaves before they even come in contact with your turf lawn.
As good as rinsing down your artificial grass on a weekly basis is, it is also important to take good care to wash your turf properly on a monthly basis too. This will help keep your artificial turf looking fresh and welcoming.
Step One: Rinse the grass:
First thing's first, you should rinse your grass with water as you would on a weekly basis to remove the majority of debris and dirt within the bristles.
Step Two: Remove dust, dirt, and leaves:
You should first start by removing dust, dirt, leaves, and any other muck and debris from your artificial turf using a stiff brush, broom, or rake. Whatever you don't, use one with metal bristles as this may damage the artificial grass.
Using a stiff brush, broom, or rake is a brilliant way to maintain each individual blade of grass's upright position. You may need to do this more than just once a month if you have pets, during fall or even during springtime.
Step Three: Use the broom or brush to sweep the grass to restore it to an upright position:
Once you have completed the first step and thoroughly cleaned the grass, it may not be in the upright position that you may like. It may be sticking up in some areas, whereas, in other areas, it may be as flat as a pancake where either a family member or pet has laid on it.
But no need to panic; this is easily fixable.
All you need to do is groom your artificial turf with a broom or handheld brush against the natural growth to encourage each blade of grass to point upwards again. Doing this regularly if you have pets will also prevent your lawn infill from compacting.
If you regularly work or cannot keep up with your artificial turf installation's regular grooming, then I would recommend going to a professional and getting it professionally groomed (like your dog would) to restore it to its once former glory.
You can then schedule to regularly clean and maintain your artificial turf when it suits you!
This is probably the main reason my pet owners have come to this page, to find ways to clean your dogs, cats, bunnies, or any pets droppings from your fresh new lawn.
Lucky for you, synthetic grass is a much more pet-friendly option, and you can rest assured that only a small amount of care and maintenance is needed to keep your lawn looking fresh.
Step One: Remove all solid waste with a dog poop bag or pooper scooper:
It's actually fairly simple to remove pet waste; all you need to do is remove them with your preferred method. It is completely up to you, whether that is with a dog poop bag or a pooper scooper.
Step Two: Hose down the area:
Once you've picked up all of the solid animal waste from the lawn, then you can go in with the garden hose for the remaining bits that have wedged themselves between the grass blades.
Step Three: Spray the patches where your pet urinates at least once a week:
Most pets have a familiar spot to do their waste, which is especially helpful for removing and cleaning the area, as you know roughly where they may have done it.
This makes it easier for you to locate where to use a hose to spray down at least once a week. If you find that your pet uses the same urination area often, I recommend hosing it down more often to prevent odor and stains.
Step Four: Apply a turf neutralizer if needed:
To remove any odor smells, especially if you have more than one pet, I recommend getting a turf urine odor neutralizer to prevent your artificial turf from getting an unpleasant smell.
This will prevent the smell from holding on between the grass fibers and building up over time. Some pet owners even create a separate bathroom for their pets to keep their lawn looking fresh.
You can do this by training them to do their business in certain spots; this is an excellent option for homeowners who don't want to constantly clean their artificial turf from pet waste. It also makes care and maintenance hell of a lot easier.
This is not essential as just getting an artificial lawn is a much better option than natural grass. Just make sure you let your installer know before getting artificial turf because they can add turf deodorizer to the base preparation.
They may even add a membrane between the base and the turf for added air circulation and keep your lawn looking and smelling fresh.
Now we all know that your artificial grass will go through some abuse over the years, accidents happen, drinks are spilled, and candy is caught within the fibers.
Kids run around playing and may fall over and cut their knee; life happens. You may even just drop a bit of your favorite ketchup or mustard on your artificial turf during a summer barbecue.
Luckily an artificial lawn is very stain resistant, clean; care and maintenance are very easy for stains. Most accidents can be rinsed away with some water as nothing happened.
You can even use some natural soap with warm water or vinegar and water mix to remove excess bacteria and tougher stains. When you spot a spill, make sure you act as soon as possible as they're easier to remove while liquid.
As I just mentioned, life happens. Sooner or later, a plate will go flying; a beverage will get knocked over after a drunken night with friends; accidents are unpreventable.
For mild stails such as alcohol, urine, blood, coffee, or any everyday substances spilled, cleaning and care are fairly straightforward and simple.
Ensure you clean the spill quickly, rinse with the hose, and then gently bot up the spilled liquid with a paper towel.
Rinse the area with a mixture of water and mild household detergent that won't harm the grass's fibers, and then thoroughly rinse with water.
For substances like grease, pen ink, crayons, motor oil, cooking oil, suntan oil, or even any form of oil, anything tough on your critical turf that is quite stubborn to remove even with the care above.
For these stains, either use ammonia mixed with water or use mineral spirits to draw out the stain. Just gently rinse the stain and continue to blot the area until the stain lifts.
For the really sticky products such as chewing gum, candy, and other sticky substances in most cases, you can easily pick them up with your hand. However, if it is particularly stubborn, you can place an ice cube on top to reduce the stickiness, and it should be easier to remove.
Every parent must have a plastic putty knife; if you do, this is crucial for removing tougher stains from the grass lawns.
Don't use a sharp object as this will damage the lawn, don't use harsh chemicals or household detergent either as this can also damage the bristles. When cleaning up any spills, don't use harsh chemicals or solvents.
If you're a smoker and noticed that your artificial lawn has cigarette burns or has stubborn stains, there is always a way you can restore your artificial turf to its former glory.
However, prevention is always better than a solution when it comes to artificial turf. You should try to avoid spills and burns before they become a problem. I know some spills are unavoidable and occur by accident, but there are ways to prevent this from happening.
So here are my top maintenance tips:
Here's some advice regarding the maintenance needs of your artificial grass, and prevention is better than finding a solution. If you spot a stain, then act fast; usually, they're fairly easy to remove.
Artificial lawns are brilliant for people who look and love the experience of having an aesthetically pleasing lawn without the hassle. Ensure you regularly rinse your artificial turf with water weekly to keep the area looking fresh 24/7.
I hope these quality maintenance tips were of some use for you and your yard and artificial lawn; transforming your landscape with artificial turf is such a brilliant investment for convenience and beauty all year round.