Artificial Grass Care and Maintenance

Artificial Grass Care and Maintenance 2018-01-19T22:59:03+00:00

Keep Turf Clean

Installing artificial grass is an investment for some home and business owners. The following are some care and maintenance tips to get the most out of your synthetic turf to keep it looking beautiful and healthy year around.

Pollutants

The best and cheapest turf cleanser is rain. However, you might live in an area where rain doesn’t occur often. Hosing down your artificial grass will dispose of any dust or pollen that is present.
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Another way to clean is by using 5% of a household detergent with warm water and mop the areas that are soiled. Rinse with warm water. It will also work wonders.

For areas that are heavily soiled, mix 3% of ammonia with hot water. Sponge the mop on the affected areas. Once the step complete, rinse the turf with water.

Stains and Blemishes

The easiest way to clean a stain is to clean it’s fresh. Once it’s dried, it sets in and becomes stubborn. If the stain is solid or paste-like, remove it with a table knife or spatula. Clean excess liquid with a paper towel, cloth, or cat litter. If cat litter is applied, vacuum the areas afterward.

Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is created to be stain resistant, but it’s important to recognize that some cleaning products are safe for the top fibers, and might harm the other areas of the turf. The following cleaners are in two groups; the first can be applied unlimited amounts on the top surface. The second is used lightly with a cloth soaked with the cleanser. It minimizes any saturation that may cause harm to the bottom of the artificial grass.

Apply the following without any precautions:

  • Any “Simple Green” cleaner. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Mix 3% of ammonia in hot water stubborn stains.
  • Do not use any caustic cleaner or chlorine bleaches (above 9 pHs) or any high acidic cleansers (below 5ph)
  • Hose the area with water to eliminate the ammonia, soap, or detergent.
  • For excess liquids blot the liquids with a cloth.

For more delicate fabrics, use a mild household detergent. Mix one teaspoon into a pint of warm water. The group will clean the following stains:

  • Alcohol
  • Ketchup
  • Blood
  • Butter
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cocoa
  • Milk
  • Fruit juices
  • Glue
  • Urine
  • Ice Cream
  • Dye
  • Latex paint
  • Watercolors
  • Mustard
  • Cola
  • Vegetable juices

The second group of cleaners is recommended to be applied sparingly with caution to avoid penetration under the turf. Mineral spirits and grease sports such as perchloroethylene are available in many supermarkets and stores. The following will clean oil-based stains such as:

  • Floor wax
  • Crayons
  • Motor oil and grease
  • Shoe polish
  • Chewing gum
  • Floor wax
  • Suntan oil
  • Ballpoint Ink
  • Paraffin wax
  • Asphalt and tar
  • Cooking oil
  • Lipstick

Pet Waste

All of our Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is pet-friendly, you can also take, these additional steps to keep any waste odors to a minimum.
Allow for solid waste to dry and then pick up to dispose of waste. If there is not much rain in the area, you can hose down the turf to drain the urine and keep the surface clean. Use enzyme neutralizer is you have more than two pets; it can safely and efficiently limit and control pet odors. To create a homemade mixture use white distilled vinegar with the same amount of water. Apply the mix after hosing down the turf with water.

Chewing Gum and Tree Sap

Dry ice or an aerosol pack of refrigerant offered by many carpet cleaning suppliers can remove chewing gum and tree sap. After freezing it, scrape the substance carefully with a kitchen knife.

Mold and Fungus

Using hydrogen peroxide in warm water with a sponge will remove mold and fungus. When done, wash with clean water.

Brushing

Your turf should regularly be brushed. Matting may occur when the foot traffic is high, and pollutants have been soild with dirt.
Regular “cross brushing” can recover the look of the artificial grass. “Cross brushing” is when the turf is brushing against the grain.  Sweep the fibers to make the lawn fluffed. The brush should have synthetic bristles, never use harsh brush such as metal or wire bristles, it will cause damage the turf. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your artificial grass.

Examples of High Traffic Area

  • Heavy activity such as play
  • Multiple dogs
  • Often traveled paths
  • Commercial applications

Artificial Grass Don’ts

Tough Turtle Turf synthetic grass is durable. However, certain precautions should be taken into consideration to prevent damage to the turf.

  • Any cigarettes or open flames should be away from the turf
  • Furniture or other sharp edges shouldn’t be placed on the lawn because it may tear or puncture the grass.
  • Leave a vehicle idling on turf.
  • Make sure to remove any sprinkler heads. The sprinklers may leave mineral deposits and will cause the turf discoloration.
  • Don’t expose the turf to reflected sunlight; it may ignite flames on the lawn.

When you properly care for your artificial grass, you can enhance the aesthetics, and aging of your synthetic grass.

Tough Turtle Turf makes no grantees, representation, or warranties implied, regarding the information above. Artificial grass Care and maintenance are subject to change.

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If you need any further information on how to care or your artificial grass, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. We will gladly help you with any questions or concerns you may have.