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8 Tips To Maintain Artificial Turf

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While you don’t need to mow the grass or overseed for winter, there are still a few things you need to do to keep artificial turf looking fresh and vibrant.

Artificial turf mimics the look and feel of natural grass and enhances the visual appeal of your outdoor areas. Many choose turf because of the maintenance-free benefits. However, while you don’t need to mow the grass each week or worry about overseeding for the Arizona winter, there are still a few things you need to do to maintain artificial turf and keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

1. Regular Cleaning

Remove debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt regularly. You can use a leaf blower, a plastic rake, or a stiff brush for this purpose. Avoid using metal rakes as they can damage the turf fibers.

2. Rinse Occasionally

Give your artificial turf a light rinse with a hose to remove dust, pollen and small debris at least once a month, although you could do this as often as once a week. This is particularly helpful in dry areas where rain is sparse.

3. Spot Cleaning

If there are any spills or stains, clean them up promptly to prevent them from setting in. Dry spilled liquid with a towel, then rinse the area. Most spills can be washed away with water, but for more stubborn stains, you may need a mild soap solution. If using cleaners, be sure to rinse the area with clean, cool water.

4. Cross Brushing

To avoid matting and to keep the fibers upright, brush the turf regularly with a turf brush. Do this in varying directions to ensure the blades don’t lean in one direction.

5. Weed Control

Although artificial turf significantly reduces weed growth, some hardy varieties can sprout. Use a water-based weed killer if necessary, but make sure it’s suitable for use on synthetic grass.

6. Pet Maintenance

If you have pets that use the turf, clean up after them promptly. Remove solid waste and use a hose to rinse off areas where pets urinate regularly to prevent odors and bacteria buildup.

If you find odors are persisting, there are several tactics to remove the odor. You may find one works better for you than the others:

  • Wet the turf completely, then lightly sprinkle laundry detergent in the area. Using a broom, brush the soapy wet area well, then rinse thoroughly with clean, cool water.

  • If soapy water doesn’t work, mix equal parts of vinegar and water and spray the solution on the affected areas. If you want to use something more powerful, use an enzyme-based cleaner made for artificial turf. Let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean, cool water.

  • If the odor persists, sprinkle baking soda on the turf giving it a good coat, then vacuum it up after 20 minutes.

7. Avoid Heat Sources

Artificial turf can melt or get damaged when exposed to high temperatures.

  • Avoid placing barbecues, outdoor heaters, or hot items directly on or near the turf.

  • In Arizona, window reflections can burn turf, especially in the summer months. Window screens and select films will avoid burns, and should be installed prior to turf installation.

8. Repair Seams When Required

Artificial turf can melt or get damaged when exposed to high temperatures.

  • Avoid placing barbecues, outdoor heaters, or hot items directly on or near the turf.

  • In Arizona, window reflections can burn turf, especially in the summer months. Window screens and select films will avoid burns, and should be installed prior to turf installation.

If you spot a broken seam, it’s important to repair them early to prevent further damage or potential injuries. Your turf company may offer a warranty covering seam repairs within a specific timeframe.

 

Following these tips will keep your artificial turf looking good and working well, making it a lasting and beautiful part of your outdoor space.

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