One of the biggest advantages of artificial grass is how little maintenance is needed to keep it in good condition - especially when compared to natural grass, which will need everything from water to weed killer. That being said, there are a few things you can do to add extra longevity to your new lawn.
Although you can happily wave goodbye to monotonous mowing and wearisome watering, there are some small maintenance tasks which will need to be completed, such as cleaning artificial grass. Just a little bit of care will leave your lawn glowing!
What’s the Best Way to Clean Artificial Grass?
The best method of keeping your artificial grass surface clean is largely dependent on what needs cleaning up. For example, how you would clean up after your pet would differ from how you would clear away discarded chewing gum.
Using the wrong materials and products to clean your artificial grass can result in damaging the turf, aesthetically or in its functionality in terms of its drainage system – or both. Here, Artificial Lawn Company details exactly how you should care for and clean your fake lawn.
Branches, twigs, odds and ends of rubbish - while most people remember to pick up and remove big bits of rubbish from their lawn - whether natural or artificial - it's a good habit to get into as it's an easy way to improve the look of your garden in no time at all!
Since leaves, seeds from nearby trees, and other small-scale biological detritus won’t just break down and sink into the soil of fake grass, the solutions range from a leaf-blower to a broom. Keeping the grass free of smaller-scale debris will mean a greener artificial lawn and a more manageable garden.
While your garden might lack any fire hydrants, lamp posts, or the other go-to objects of fascination that our four-legged friends usually choose as a toilet on the go, this doesn’t mean that they will refrain from conducting business on your nice new artificial lawn. While some pet owners set aside specific gravel or a soiled area to act as an outdoor litter box for their pets to use, not all pets are as amenable. Worry not, pet lovers! There are ways in which you can quickly get your synthetic lawn looking its best again:
- Solids are easily managed by responsible pet owners with a well-placed bag and scoop, much like when you take your pooch for walks
- For liquid waste, it's advisable to rinse the area with water to help drainage and drain the urine from the surface of the lawn down into the subbase. This is particularly important if you have multiple dogs or if they like to use the same spot repeatedly. We would recommend giving any dog lawn a good rinse before any special events such as a family BBQ or party especially during the warmer months to remove any urine from the surface of the lawn area.
Snow and Ice
When it comes to clearing snow, the easiest thing to do is to wait and let it naturally drain away. However, if you should need to remove the snow from your artificial lawn, make sure to take care. Shovels (or anything metal) should be avoided as slamming a sharp-edged tool down into your artificial grass could cause damage. Only use a shovel to clear upper levels of thick snow and clear the rest using a stiff non-metal bristled broom. A plastic snow shovel is the ideal solution as this won’t damage the grass when used correctly. We would also recommend against using salt to prevent ice from forming, as the salt residue can build up and block drainage.
Food and Drink Spills
In most cases, the broom/rinse combo will deal with the more common problems linked to spillages of food or drink. Don’t try using harsh chemicals or cleaning agents, as they aren’t necessary and could bleach or otherwise damage your artificial lawn. Chewing gum has, on occasion, been noticed as a more stubborn customer. A plastic putty knife may be useful or use an ice cube to chill the gum and let it slip loose that way.
Can You Hoover Artificial Grass?
One question that we get asked every now and then by our customers is ‘can I hoover artificial grass?’ – the answer is no. You should refrain from using a vacuum cleaner on your synthetic turf as the suction will remove the infill sand from the grass area. Equally, any rainfall and/or condensation can damage your vacuum if it is not designed to clean damp surfaces.
For regular maintenance, brushing with a stiff-bristled broom is always best as it can get your artificial grass looking its best in no time at all. It is most effective when brushed against the pile direction of the grass to try and stand it upright as best as possible. If you have a particularly large grass area, a power brush (either electric or petrol) could be handy and much quicker than a normal broom. Other than that, keep your lawn free of debris and enjoy all your time saved!
If you have an artificial lawn query not answered above, head over to our helpful FAQ page that covers the most common customer queries, such as how to clean artificial grass and more. Otherwise, you can reach out to our team directly by calling 01474 364320 or emailing us via the contact page.