Artificial turf is a great substitute for natural grass to fill out front yards, playgrounds, and golf courses. Natural grass gets brown patches and requires trimming, but artificial turf remains consistently trim, lush, and visually appealing to your family and your guests. Like any quality product that is made to last, there are many tips and tricks to keep your turf in the best shape possible. Here are 8 easy care & maintenance tips to keep your turf looking fresh and brand new.
Keep it Clean
When your turf is covered in pollen, dust, or dirt, it can lessen the impact of its rich color and thick leaves. Over time, this could cause your turf to flatten. If you are not in an area where it rains regularly, then be sure to sponge mop your turf every once and a while to remove excess dirt or dust. For lightly soiled areas, combine warm water with a 5% solution of mild household detergent. For areas that are more heavily soiled, hit it with a 3% solution of household ammonia in hot water. Mop and then rinse with warm water. Your turf will thank you!
Remove Stains Quickly
Synthetic grass fibers in turf have high resistance against staining, but that does not mean it is impossible. The fresher the mess, the easier it is to remove. As soon as you notice something, be sure to remove it using a spatula, clean cloths, or paper towels.
Watch out for Animal Business
As is the case with natural grass, animals may end up doing their business on your artificial turf. When this happens, allow the solid waste to dry before placing it in the trash. If it does not rain often, hose down the turf regularly to allow the drainage of urine. If odors become too unbearable, eliminate the smell by applying distilled white vinegar with an equal volume of water. Then finish the job by hosing down the turf.
Be Mindful of Tree Sap and Chewing Gum
Tree sap is a part of yard life, but it can be tricky to remove from artificial turf. To remove tree sap or other sticky substances like chewing gum, you must first freeze them. This can be done via dry ice that can be picked up at a supply store. You could also go to a carpet cleaning supplier and obtain Aerosol packs of refrigerant to remove your sticky mess. After freezing the substance, use a knife to scrape it off. Make sure not scrape too quickly, as it can result in an injury.
Check Regularly for Fungi and Mold
For areas that tend to stay wet, it can be possible for fungi or mold to develop on the surface or corners of turf. For fungus and mold spots, mix water with a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Apply to the affected area and use a soft sponge. When you are done, wash it off with clean water and your turf will be good as new!
Keep Oil Paints Away from Your Turf
With the many DIY projects you have on your to-do list, or even outside storage of paint products, it is possible for oil paint to spill onto your turf. These are tough stains to remove, and typically require the assistance of a commercial carpet cleaner. If you spill oil paints onto your turf, it is recommended that you consult with your dealer right away. They would know which product is best for your situation depending on the type of stain.
The more footsteps that your artificial lawn receives, such as from kids, dogs, or frequent walking paths, the more often that you will need to brush it to keep the lawn fresh and fluffed. Cross brushing is a technique used to clean and fluff turf that brushes against the grain, nap, or sweep of the fibers. This must be done with a brush that has synthetic bristles, as metal or wire could damage the fibers. This quick cleaning routine will keep your turf looking brand new regardless of how much traffic it gets!
Keep Away From Heat or Sharp Objects
While a lit cigarette would not light the whole turf on fire, it could fuse fiber tips together. The same problem could result from reflected sunlight windows or even a car with the engine idling. Be sure to be mindful of these heat sources that could possibly melt your turf. Also, be careful when it comes to equipment and furniture with sharp edges, as they could potentially puncture or rip the turf. And lastly, be sure to keep sprinkler heads away or disabled near your turf, as mineral deposits from the sprinkler system could discoloration.
SYNLawn is the only USDA-certified, plant-based synthetic turf. It is a great substitute for natural grass that can give you 20 years of maintenance-free living. For inquiries, be sure to contact a local SYNLawn dealer today.