With the proper maintenance and care, artificial grass will stay beautiful for years to come. Please review maintenance tips to help care and protect your new artificial grass landscape.
Maintenance and Care Tips
Pollen, Dust, and Airborne Pollutants:
Rain is the best turf cleanser. If rain is a rarity, hosing the lawn with water can easily remove pollen or dust that may be on the turf.
Areas that are lightly soiled mix warm water with 5% of mild household detergent. Sponge Mop the soiled area and then rinse.
For more heavily solid areas, use the same procedure above, and then mix the affected area with a 3% solution of household ammonia in hot water. Then rinse the area with warm water.
Stains and Blemishes:
NUMBER ONE RULE is Promptness as is much easier to clean fresh spills than dried up, stubborn stains. Remove any paste-like solid with a spatula. Blot up excess liquids with a clean cloth or a dry absorbent, such as kitty litter or fuller’s earth. Swept or vacuumed up dry absorbents afterward.
Artificial grass fibers have excellent resistance to staining. It is essential to understand they are only one component of the artificial grass system Cleaning agents are safe for the face fibers but can be harmful to other elements of the turf system. Therefore, there are two groups of cleaning agents.
Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches. Use a warm, mild solution of household detergent or low suds detergent for delicate fabrics. Use approximately one teaspoon to one pint of water as this solution will handle most waterborne stains including:
It’s important to apply sparingly the following group of cleaners, and avoid any penetration under the turf. Grease spot removal or mineral spirits such as perchloroethylene are typically sold in a variety of supermarkets and stores. This cleanser can handle oil-based stains such as:
Asphalt and Tar
Artificial grass is safe for pets and cleaning up their solid waste is just as easy as on real grass. So plastic bags and pooper scoopers work just fine!
- Allow solid waste to dry and then dispose of.
- Hose down the affected area often to help the drainage of urine and keep the surface unsoiled and clean.
- Enzyme neutralizers can productively control and limit odors.
- A homemade neutralizer of white distilled vinegar with equal amount of warm water can be applied after hosing the area.
Chewing Gum and Tree Sap:
Chewing gum and tree sap can be easily be removed by freezing. An aerosol pack of refrigerant is available in many stores, or dry ice can be applied. After freezing, scrape the substance with a knife.
Mold and Fungus:
Mix 1% of hydrogen peroxide in warm water. Use a soft sponge on the affected areas. Rinse with clean water.
Brushing the lawn depends on the foot traffic that the area encounters. Matting may occur, especially if there are other pollutants or dirt.
“Cross brushing” the turf will restore the turf’s aesthetic appearance. “Cross brushing” means brushing against the grain of the turf fibers. Doing so will fluff the grass. Use a brush with synthetic bristles. Never use wire or metal bristles, they will damage the fibers.
It is highly recommended to brush high traffic areas often as it will give the turf a much fuller long lasting life. Keep in mind the more traffic there is, the more frequently your artificial grass should be brushed.
High Traffic Areas Can Include:
- Multiple Dogs
- Pathways that are often traveled
- Commercial Turf
Do Not Use:
Even though artificial grass is durable and tough there should be precautions taken to prevent any damage to the turf.
Do Not Use:
- Use furniture or equipment with jagged or sharp edges as it might puncture and tear the artificial grass.
- Never light cigarettes on or near the turf, it can damage the artificial grass and even cause a fire. Keep away Fireworks, cigarettes, and any other open flames.
- Remove or cap off any sprinklers head. Water from sprinklers can leave mineral deposits that may cause turf discoloration.
- Never leave a parked car idling on or near the turf.
- Make sure the artificial grass isn’t exposed to reflections caused by windows; this may burn the turf fibers together.
The proper maintenance and care can enhance the lifespan, aesthetics, and aging of the artificial Turf landscape. Please make sure to report any minor or major problems so they can be fixed promptly.
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