Artificial grass is fast becoming one of the garden landscape’s ‘must haves’ due to its low maintenance and all year round good looks. However, there are a few small maintenance issues which you may be wanting to address as your artificial grass starts to cope with the rigours of day to day living.
The chances are, that if you own a pet they are going to want to pop outside and use your lovely outside area as a place to do their business. Your artificial lawn will drain as well as a conventional lawn, so there is no problem with liquids passing through into the ground below. However this can leave behind bacteria and in the heat of the summer and with little rain, this could soon become a problem.
My Artificial Grass Smells, What can I do?
Have no fear, fortunately artificial grass is incredibly robust and there is a range of products you can use to get your artificial lawn looking and smelling like a freshly mown lawn!
So whats the difference between Enzyme Cleaners and Artificial Grass Cleaners/Deodorisers?
Enzyme cleaners break down uric acid crystals which cannot be broken down by water. Uric acid crystals form below your synthetic lawn on the base and attach to the backing of the artificial grass. Enzyme cleaners are an important part of eliminating odours, manufacturers produce them to break down urine and specifically, in this case, dog pee on your grass. It is important to treat the whole area thoroughly as the crystals continue to multiply and spread over a large area especially in warm humid temperatures.
An all in one product for cleaning, disinfecting and deodourising. It will also kill the inevitable moss growth which could take hold if not controlled. These cleaners come in a range of fragrances from, the smell of a freshly cut lawn to lavender meadow.
How to Clean Artificial Grass
Artificial grass cleaners come as a concentrate so can be applied neat, for heavily soiled areas or mixed with water and then applied with a watering can or sprayer. Use a rubber broom to agitate the grass, working the cleaner between the blades. There is no need to wash down the area after application unless using the product at full strength.
Artificial Grass General Cleaning
To keep your artificial lawn in tip top condition, keep the surface free from loose debris with a cordless leaf blower and try not to leave spills or animal waste sitting on the grass for too long. Use an Artificial Grass Cleaner and Deodoriser to keep the turf looking clean and smelling fresh. If you have a small area to cover, buy a rubber broom to agitate the blades, you can even simulated lawn stripes by wetting the grass first, then walking the broom in a straight line from end of the garden to the other as you would with a lawn mower. For larger lawns consider investing in an Electric Artificial Grass Groomer/Power Brush to keep the grass in great condition.
Most artificial grasses are stain resistant, if food or drink spills on your lawn, rinse thoroughly with clean water. Remove stubborn stains using a warm, soapy water solution and a sponge or soft brush. You can also use an oxygen stain remover such as vanish to lift the stain. Chewing gum can be removed easily by applying an ice cube to the gum and then gently peeling away from the blades.