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How to Clean The Fake Grass: Proven Tips for a Pristine Synthetic Lawn

Updated: May 30

Learning how to clean fake grass is crucial to maintaining your synthetic turf’s evergreen charm. At AMAX Synthetic Grass, we’re passionate about helping our customers get the most out of their new investment.


This article outlines clear, easy-to-follow steps for day-to-day upkeep, removing stubborn stains, and ensuring a hygienic space for pets and families alike.


So, without further ado, here are some actionable instructions tailored to keep your artificial lawn in top condition.


Key Takeaways


  • Regular maintenance, including weekly rinsing and debris removal with tools like leaf blowers and plastic rakes, as well as monthly deep cleaning with power washing or brooming, is essential for keeping artificial grass clean and prolonging its lifespan.

  • Pet waste should be promptly removed from synthetic grass, with solid waste disposed of and liquid waste rinsed immediately; additional treatments with vinegar mix, enzyme cleaners, or turf deodorizer may be necessary to eliminate odours.

  • Preventative measures and immediate responses to spills, stains, and potential mould growth are crucial for maintaining the aesthetics and hygiene of artificial grass, and using the right tools can assist with the cleaning process without damaging the turf.


Routine Cleaning for a Fresh Artificial Lawn





Just like your home, your artificial lawn needs regular cleaning to maintain its welcoming appearance and prolong its lifespan. While a synthetic lawn doesn’t grow weeds or require mowing like natural turf, it does accumulate dust and other debris that need to be removed to keep it looking tidy. A leaf blower, a plastic rake, or a stiff-bristle push broom would serve as worthy allies in your quest to maintain a pristine artificial lawn.


Moreover, a light hose-down with a garden hose can help keep your synthetic turf fresh and inviting, which is an essential part of weekly artificial turf maintenance.


Weekly Cleaning


Think of the weekly rinse as a refreshing shower for your artificial lawn, aiding in the maintenance of its appearance and prevention of dust and debris buildup. A garden hose rinse of the grass fibres not only retains your lawn’s freshness but also assists in removing accumulated debris.


As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Thus, gathering loose debris like leaves from your lawn surface weekly is vital. For this, a plastic rake or leaf blower can prove to be quite handy. Don’t forget to brush the grass fibres during your weekly cleaning routine. This not only helps them remain upright but also maintains the aesthetic appeal of your lawn.


Monthly Maintenance


While weekly cleanings handle superficial maintenance, your synthetic lawn necessitates a more comprehensive monthly cleanup to preserve its longevity and aesthetics. It’s time to power up your cleaning game with some power washing or power brooming. These deep-cleaning techniques are effective in fluffing up the fibres and removing stubborn debris, including pet hair and contaminants that might interfere with drainage.


In addition, attention should also be paid to the grass blades. Brushing them against the grain with a turf rake can help them maintain their upright position and remove dirt. This simple grooming process can contribute significantly to enhancing the overall look of your artificial lawn.


Tackling Pet Waste on Synthetic Grass




As a pet owner, dealing with pet waste is a given. With that said, diligent management of pet waste is vital for the hygiene and appearance of an artificial grass lawn.


Solid Waste Removal


Solid pet waste on artificial grass can be efficiently removed using a plastic bag or a pooper scooper. But don’t stop there! Once you’ve removed the solid waste, hose down the affected area to flush away any remaining residues and support proper drainage.

Even after you’ve cleaned up, pet waste can leave behind an unpleasant odour. To manage this, apply a pet-friendly turf deodorizer post-cleaning. This will not only help keep your lawn smelling fresh but also maintain a safe environment for pets and children.


Liquid Waste Management


Handling liquid pet waste, especially pet urine, necessitates a bit more diligence. To keep your lawn clean and odour-free, it’s best to dab the urinated area dry with a paper towel and immediately hose it down. This prevents the urine from drying and seeping into the ground.

For areas affected by urine, you can use the following methods to eliminate odours:

  1. Use a vinegar mixture made by combining equal parts vinegar and water as a non-toxic natural deodorizer that safely neutralizes odours.

  2. Apply a pet-friendly, non-toxic enzyme cleaner concentrate to thoroughly eliminate bacteria and odours on synthetic grass.

  3. In case of persistent urine odours, repeat the cleaning process 2-3 times, ensuring that affected areas are scrubbed and rinsed after letting the treatment sit for at least 10 minutes.


Dealing with Stains and Spills





Spills and stains on a lawn are akin to a coffee spill on a white shirt - quite a nuisance. But don’t worry, artificial grass is quite resilient! In many cases, spills can be easily washed away with water. This simple solution can help to keep surfaces clean and free from stains. Any residue left after hosing should be spot-cleaned with a mixture of mild soap and warm water, followed by a thorough rinse.


For those stubborn stains that refuse to budge, a solution of mild detergent and warm water can come to your rescue. After blotting the area with the solution, rinse it with water and allow it to air dry. This will help ensure the desired outcome. For sticky substances like chewing gum, freeze it with ice cubes to make it brittle and easy to remove, and then scrape off any remnants with a butter knife.


And for those accidental spills of wine or sauces, cold water and diluted vinegar cleanup or a baking soda and water treatment, followed by a clean water rinse, can be quite effective.


Preventing and Treating Mould Growth


Similar to a natural grass lawn, artificial grass can also fall prey to mould and mildew if not maintained appropriately. To keep your artificial grass in good condition, regular rinsing is paramount to avoid mould and mildew growth, along with preventing bacteria buildup due to inadequate drainage from liquid waste.


However, if mould does occur on your artificial grass, don’t panic. A simple mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water can be applied to the affected area to safely and effectively treat the mould.


Choosing the Right Tools and Equipment





Utilizing the correct tools and equipment is vital for the maintenance of artificial grass.


Here are some tools that can help you maintain artificial grass:

  • Electric leaf blower: indispensable for clearing debris like leaves and twigs from synthetic turf

  • Stiff-bristled push broom: used for spot cleaning and lifting artificial grass blades

  • Leaf rake with lightweight, curved bristles: for gathering debris without causing damage to the artificial grass


These tools, known as artificial grass cleaners, can make monthly artificial grass maintenance much easier on both artificial grass and artificial turf surfaces.


For a more professional cleaning approach, consider the following:

  • Use a power brush to deep clean artificial grass, set infill, and lift grass blades.

  • Make sure to use cleaning products that are safe for synthetic grass.

  • Use brushes with synthetic bristles to avoid damaging the turf.


Safeguarding Your Synthetic Lawn from Damage


Despite being designed for robustness and durability, artificial grass isn’t invincible. Heat sources such as barbecues, lanterns, and outdoor candles can cause melting and permanent damage to the grass. Even cigarettes, smouldering charcoal, fireworks, or sparks from fire pits can pose a threat.


Another aspect to consider is the potential damage from strong reflections from windows and sliding glass doors. Planting trees or bushes or installing awnings, shutters, screens, or shades can help minimize reflections and prevent the potential burning of artificial grass.

Even the placement of heavy objects on artificial grass should be done evenly to distribute the load and reduce indentations.


Understanding Infill Requirements


Historically, sand infill has been used to:

  • Reinforce the structure of weak grass blades

  • Ensure stability

  • Guard against UV degradation

  • Enhance the lawn’s lifespan


It helps weigh down artificial grass, preventing grass fibres from shifting or wrinkling, especially on uneven surfaces and contributes to keeping grass fibres upright for a natural look.


However, whether sand infill is necessary for your artificial grass depends on several factors, including the manufacturer’s recommendations, years of usage, and the slope on which it is installed. Keep in mind that while sand infill has several benefits, it can also lead to downsides, such as impaired drainage and a greater chance of weed growth.


Professional Installation and Maintenance Services


In the long run, investing in professional artificial grass installation and maintenance services, like those from our team at AMAX, can alleviate much hassle. Our professionals not only ensure a proper drainage grid to prevent mould but also comply with safety and quality standards, catering to your specific needs with appropriate product selection.


Moreover, our professional installations come with full warranties and lead to savings over time due to the durability and reduced maintenance of the artificial grass. Having an artificial lawn installed by professionals ensures we can provide you with advice on safe power brooming, scheduled cleaning plans to prevent mould, and deep cleaning that surpasses regular home maintenance efforts, resulting in a pristine lawn within a few hours.


Summary


In conclusion, artificial grass maintenance is not a herculean task. It’s all about understanding the needs of your synthetic lawn and addressing them systematically. From routine cleaning and pet waste management to dealing with stains and spills, preventing mould growth, and even safeguarding your lawn from damage - it’s all a part of the journey.


Whether you’re a hands-on homeowner or prefer professional services, one thing’s for sure - with the right care and attention, your artificial grass will continue to add beauty and value to your home for many years to come.


While you’re here, why not browse our range of artificial grass products, including our easy-to-clean Buffalo, Carnival and Cherry synthetic turfs.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the best cleaner for artificial turf?


The best cleaner for artificial turf will be a product that is highly effective, non-toxic, biodegradable, and safe for kids and pets. It should also neutralize odours, leaving the grass smelling fresh and clean.


Can you vacuum fake grass?


Fake grass should not be vacuumed because the excessive suction can permanently damage the turf, causing an uneven rippling effect on the surface. Instead, use plastic rakes, power brooms, or a hose to clean debris from artificial lawns.


How do I handle pet waste on my synthetic grass?


To handle pet waste on your synthetic grass, use a plastic bag or pooper scooper to remove solid waste, then rinse the area with a garden hose. For liquid waste like dog urine, dab the area dry with a paper towel, rinse it down, and use a vinegar mixture or pet-friendly cleaning solution to neutralize odours.


What should I do if stains or spills occur on my artificial grass?


To clean stains or spills on artificial grass, rinse away most spills with water. For stubborn stains, use a solution of mild detergent and warm water, and for sticky substances like chewing gum, freeze with ice cubes and then scrape off.


How can I protect my artificial grass from damage?


To protect your artificial grass from damage, keep heat sources and heavy objects away, manage potential window glare, and use safe cleaning products. This will help maintain the quality and longevity of your turf.

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