Although artificial grass requires very little maintenance, you still have to put some work to keep the grass neat. This is especially true if you have children or pets that enjoy playing outdoors. Upkeep could include picking up large debris, blowing smaller debris using a machine, or using gentle cleaner to remove pet urine. You might need to spend half an hour a week or more to maintain the fake grass depending on how often you clean it. Here are basic guidelines to help you clean – artificial grass.
Lightly rinsing the fake grass once per week will go a long way. Most home owners will only need to hose the grass fibre to remove dust that has gathered between cleanings. You can remove small debris like chewing gum by hand, or if it is stubborn, you can chill it with an ice cube then scrap it off. Doing so will also freshen the appearance of the fake grass. There are several products that you could use to battle algae and bacteria while keeping the lawn smelling fresh.
You can carry out a more thorough cleaning monthly to keep the grass clean and attractive. Before you begin cleaning, gather useful equipment such as a stiff brush and lawn rake. If the grass is matted, you could use an electric power brush to remove matt without damaging it. The power brush will get rid of deeply buried dirt leaving the lawn spotless. If grass is not upright in some places after cleaning, simply use a broom to brush against the natural grain. This will lead each blade to its normal position. If your lawn has not been properly groomed for a long time, hire professionals to restore its former lush. Then start doing weekly and monthly cleanings.
Removing Pet Waste
Remove pet droppings with a pooper scooper or plastic bag. Then use a hose to spray down the dirty area. This should be easy since most pets relieve themselves in particular areas. To clean pet urine, hose down the dirty area once per week. If there is offensive odour, you might need to do this more frequently. To make your work easier, you could create a dirt patch where your pet could use. Let your installer know ahead of time that you have pets so that they can make adjustments to suit your needs. However, you don’t have to do this as it’s easier for pet owners to maintain fake grass than natural grass.
Although most artificial lawns don’t have problems with bacteria build up, sometimes it is necessary to remove these artificial mites. If the area you want to treat is small, mix half water and half vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean the area. To treat the entire lawn area, use a hose to spray the mixture on the fake grass.
What You Shouldn’t Do
If you aren’t careful when cleaning your outdoor area, the grass could be damaged. To avoid this:
- Do not use a domestic vacuum to clean the lawn as this will not damage the grass and vacuum.
- Let your lawn air dry. Applying heat from a blow dry could destroy the fibres of the artificial grass.
- Don’t use pesticides to clean – artificial grass. Water is enough to remove insects and other unwanted visitors
If you properly take care of your artificial lawn, you will not only extend its life, but it will always look tidy and lush. Weekly and monthly cleaning will keep your lawn clean an odour free, an inviting place where you can socialise with friends. To keep it this way, occasionally use water-based weed killer to stop weeds from destroying your beautiful lawn.