How to Clean Artificial Grass
One of the main benefits of artificial grass is the fact that it requires so much less care than the natural equivalent. No more mowing, weeding, fertilising, watering or anything else.
However, that’s not to say you don’t need to look after it. In fact, artificial grass is an investment that can last for years, if not decades, if you do so correctly. And what’s even better is that it takes minimal effort!
There are two different ways to clean artificial grass, one is your basic maintenance, and the other is a periodical deep clean. Both are important for keeping your turf in tip-top condition and to extend its life.
The easiest way to keep your artificial grass in good condition is to brush it on a regular basis. Organic matter such as dust, leaves, twigs, petals, bugs and other debris can become lodged between the fibres and over time this will decompose and form soil. This can lead to drainage problems and damage to the fibres or the latex backing.
A lot of people ask us this and generally, a weekly brush should do the trick. During autumn in particular you may need to do it more frequently as the trees shed their leaves. When it comes to deeper clean, every 4 weeks or so should be fine under normal circumstances.
Sometimes, usually once every 4-6 weeks (or more frequent in the summer months, or if you have pets) your artificial grass will require a deeper clean.
Modern artificial grass is so good that your pets won’t know the difference! The downside to that is they’ll happily still do their business on it. Fortunately, the plastic used in artificial grass is easy to clean. However, if it’s left too long then urine and faeces can potentially cause stains.
In some cases, you might find it leaves a smell. If this is the case, the easiest way to remove a pet urine smell from artificial grass is with warm water and soap. If it’s really stubborn, white vinegar also works well.
In most cases, a rinse with water should be enough. Whether it’s food and drink stains from a summer BBQ, the aforementioned pet mess or even something like chewing gum, there are plenty of ways to deal with the problem.
Winter brings its own set of challenges to your artificial lawn. If it snows, the best thing to do is allow it to melt naturally. However, if you need access then this may not be an option.
We get asked this a lot and the answer is… it depends.
If your artificial grass has infill (which most do) then the answer is a no as this is what creates that soft, cushioning feeling to the turf. It’s easy for a pressure washer to move (or even remove!) this and you don’t want to do anything to jeopardise the integrity of the turf.
If your artificial lawn doesn’t have infill, then you can use a pressure washer. However, we recommend using the widest angle tip you have, spraying at a shallow angle to help prop the fibres up, and most importantly, keeping the tip of the wand at least 12 inches from the turf.
For more information about how to clean and look after your artificial grass, don’t hesitate to contact us. And if artificial grass sounds like something you’d like for your garden, book a home visit today.
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