How to clean artificial grass

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Artificial grass is a popular alternative to natural lawns and while it does not need to be watered, trimmed or fertilized, there are still some things you should know before installing it.

Artificial grass comes in blades sewn together so the seams are concealed within the turf. Over time dirt can build up and if not cleaned ways it can damage your artificial grass.

One thing many people don’t realise is that artificial grass needs periodic maintenance just like any other type of lawn.

Artificial turf manufacturers recommend cleaning your turf with an all-purpose cleaner every 3 months for residential use and once per year for commercial purposes.

Thankfully cleaning your artificial grass is easy. Here are the 4 simple steps you should take to extend the lifespan of your artificial grass.

1. Sweep or vacuum the artificial grass

The downside of artificial turf is that it needs regular sweeping or vacuuming to look its best – otherwise dirt will accumulate, which will make your lawn look dirty and reduce the overall lifespan.

To keep it looking great we recommend sweeping it with a stiff brush this will do two things. 1) It will remove leaves, dirt and other matter which could damage your grass over time. 2) It will stand the bristles up again.

For larger areas a lawn vacuum or power broom could be a good idea, this will take so much of the work out of maintaining your artificial grass. Here are our top picks for lawn vacuums.

2. Use a hose to remove any dirt and debris from the surface of your artificial grass

This also works with a bucket if you don’t have a hose. Rinse and brush the surface to get rid of anything which is easier to remove when wet.

3. Apply an appropriate water-based detergent (such as dish soap).

Apply an appropriate amount of water-based detergent (such as dish soap) to a sponge, cloth, or mop and scrub away stains and soil from the surface of your artificial grass.

When the surface is covered leave it to sit for 10 minutes or so.

It can be a good idea to use plenty of soapy water for a deeper clean. Especially if you have pets.

4. Rinse off all detergent with clean water

Use a hose or bucket to rinse off all the soap, make sure to be liberal with the amount of clean water you use here so that as much of the dirt and soak residue is washed out for the artificial grass and through the base.

If your grass still looks dirty or still smells you can repeat the last steps again

When you are done remove all excess water from the lawn by using a leaf blower or stiff brush and there you have it, your artificial grass can is as good as new.

What if it won’t clean?

Artificial grass does have a life span and generally speaking older artificial grass was made from poorer materials so there is a chance that the deterioration is permanent.

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