One of the main benefits of artificial grass is the fact that it requires so much less care than real grass. No more mowing, weeding, fertilising, watering or whispering sweet nothings to the grass to make it grow – hurrah! However, it still needs a little TLC to keep it looking its best. In fact, artificial grass is an investment that can last for years, even decades, if looked after correctly. And what’s even better is that it takes minimal effort! Here, we share with you all the tips and tricks you need to know when caring for artificial grass.
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.
How often should you clean artificial grass?
A lot of people ask us this and generally, a weekly brush should do the trick. During autumn you might need to do it more frequently as the trees shed their leaves. When it comes to deep cleaning your artificial grass, every 4 weeks or so should be fine under normal circumstances.
How to clean artificial grass
How to deep clean artificial grass
Sometimes, usually once every 4-6 weeks, your artificial grass will require a deeper clean. You may need to do this more frequently in the summer months, or if you have pets.
How to remove dog and cat stains from artificial grass
Modern artificial grass is so good that your pets won’t be able to tell the difference! The downside is they’ll happily still do their business on it. Oh dear. Fortunately, the plastic used in artificial grass is easy to clean, but if left too long then pet urine and faeces can potentially cause stains, so it’s better to act fast. No-one likes a yellow lawn!
How to remove stains from artificial grass
In most cases, rinsing with water should be enough to get rid of any spillages on your artificial lawn. Whether it’s food and drink stains from a summer BBQ, pet mess, or even something sticky like chewing gum, there are plenty of ways to deal with the problem.
Looking after your artificial grass in winter
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, it’s very easy to clear snow from artificial grass if you need to. Remember to only use plastic tools on your artificial lawn; metal tools risk damaging the pile and/or the latex backing.
Can I pressure wash my artificial lawn?
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 firm 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.
As you can see, cleaning and caring for artificial grass is easy! If an artificial lawn sounds like something you’d like for your garden, explore our range of artificial grass or book a home visit today.