How to Clean Artificial Grass and Keep it Looking New

Artificial grass is a great alternative to natural turf if you want to keep your yard looking green and pristine all year round even with very little maintenance. After all, it doesn’t require weekly mowing, frequent watering, fertilizer application, or any time-consuming tasks to improve the soil condition. Here are some pointers to clean your artificial grass.

If you plan to install your own synthetic turf, visit Forest Green Artificial Turf or call us at (916) 474-5036. Our online store carries realist-looking grass, supplies and tools to help you with your DIY installation. 

While artificial grass requires less maintenance compared to living grass, you still need to clean the synthetic blades at least once a week to keep them in pristine condition. Additionally, the turf requires monthly maintenance to keep the fibers looking natural and upright.


Weekly artificial grass maintenance

Start by removing leaves and other debris from the surface using a leaf blower or plastic rake. Make sure you’re not using anything with wire or metal bristles that may damage the grass fibers. 

Once you remove the leaves and other debris, you can spot-clean the surface using a solution specifically formulated for synthetic turf. You can also make your homemade cleaning solution by combining equal parts water and vinegar or using a highly diluted water-bleach solution. 

Before you use the diluted bleach solution, test it on a small, hidden part of your synthetic turf. 

Next, rinse off the solution and remove dust and small debris using a water hose with low pressure. 


Pro tip: If you have pets, consider buying a pet odor neutralizer spray to spot-clean your artificial grass turf. Also, consider using infills specifically designed to prevent microbes and trap and neutralize urine and other ammonia-based odors.

Infills are placed between the artificial grass blades during installation to keep them upright and prevent them from looking like a carpet as the turf contracts and expands during drastic temperature changes. 


Monthly artificial grass maintenance

Remove dry leaves, small branches and other debris from the surface using a leaf blower or plastic rake. Next, sweep against the natural direction of the grass blades to loosen up any stuck-on dirt and keep the grass blades in their upright position. 

If applicable, spray the spots affected by pet urine or waste using any of the cleaning solutions mentioned above.

Finally, lightly hose off the surface to remove dust and debris, allowing your artificial grass to keep its pristine color. 


Avoid these common cleaning mistakes 

Here, we list the most common mistakes you must avoid when cleaning your artificial grass turf. 

  • Using metal or wire bristles which can damage the grass fibers
  • Cleaning the turf with harsh chemicals
  • Vacuuming the turf with sand infills 
  • Ignoring the infill (There is a certain amount of infill that’s carried away over time, that’s why you need to replenish it from time to time.)
  • Leaving stains untreated for an extended period of time (The longer they are left untreated, the harder they are to be removed.)


Final word 

Now that you know how to clean artificial grass, why not visit Forest Green Artificial Grass and choose from our wide selection of realistic-looking turf? You can also get your free samples of our synthetic grass products today. 

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