In recent years, the use of artificial grass has been increasingly popular. Artificial grass is extremely durable and long-lasting but it still requires a certain level of care to preserve its beauty and longevity.
The goal of this article is to help artificial lawn owners in Brisbane & surrounds understand the factors that affect the longevity of artificial grass. Understanding how an artificial lawn works will better equip you with the best steps to take to preserve & add more years to your artificial turf.
Regardless of your location and the size of your lawn – these tips are worth considering.
- Removing leaves, debris from your artificial lawn regularly.
This may not sound like a big deal but failing to remove debris and leaves from your lawn can cause them to pile up and eventually damage the blades of your artificial grass. Artificial grass is either made of nylon or polyethylene. Depending on the materials used, it is still critical to look after your artificial lawn twice a month or every other week, depending on your availability, location, yard’s condition, and the traffic around your garden.
If your artificial garden is near the coast or surrounded by tall trees, and if you have pets around – we recommend checking and cleaning your garden once a week. Remove the debris and falling leaves from your lawn and spray it with hose water to freshen up the layers of your artificial grass.
If you like to host a party quite often, we recommend having your lawn checked and cleaned up once a week to keep them looking fresh and plushy.
- Remove pet waste.
Unlike natural grass, artificial grass won’t die or turn yellow with pets’ urine, however, you want to make sure your lawn is odour and stain-free.
Most dogs these days are trained not to poop on lawns however, occasionally, they do. If you find dried poop on your lawn, don’t panic, just spray it with water from your garden hose and you’re all good.
Another method you can use to remove poop residual from your artificial turf is to brush or rake the turf blades in an opposite direction, fluffing up the fibres while eradicating poop particles.
- Remove food and beverage spills.
Nothing can beat having a BBQ outside your home if the weather is good. Enjoying a BBQ with family and friends is very common in Australia. However, if your synthetic grass is installed next to your BBQ area, food and beverage spills are something you need to clean up after a BBQ session. Although artificial grass is stain resistant, it’s very important to immediately remove spills from it. Artificial grass can be cleaned up easily but the downside with spills is that it leaves foul odour and nasty residue.
To easily eradicate spills, you can use a spatula, mild household cleaner, and enough water pressure from your hose. Gently scrub the affected area and rinse it off with clean water. Focus only on the affected area to avoid spreading it further to the rest of your garden.
- Remove motor oil or grease stains from your lawn.
If you have installed an artificial lawn near a garage or car shed, you’d most likely deal with oil spills and grease stains. Artificial grass is spilled resistant but removing motor oil and grease stains from your garden is critical. Mineral spirits are good for removing oil spills and grease from fake turf.
If you want to avoid spills and grease stains to ruin your artificial garden, make it a habit to cover your artificial grass when you work on your vehicle. If you have extra space in your garage that’s away from your garden use it to avoid motor oil spills and grease from staining your fake grass.
- Deal with paint oil.
Home improvements like house painting, deck staining, shed or patio repainting, fence painting etc are some of the projects that leave oil paint spills and stains on artificial grass. While technicians are extra careful not to stain your garden, accidents can happen.
If you see spills of oil paint and stains on your lawn – immediately get a soft towel or cloth and remove any excess oil paint from the turf blades. Get foaming detergent and clean up the spills as gently as you can. Avoid spraying your turf with hose water as it may spread further and oil spills may affect other areas of your artificial lawn.
If the spills and stains are too hard for you to handle, we recommend calling professionals to help you. At Astro Klean we use eco-friendly, high-quality and super effective synthetic grass sanitiser to clean your artificial grass, and sanitise it, ensuring your family, pets and surroundings are 100% protected.
We’re all about safety, sanitation, and protection! If you entrust your artificial grass cleaning project or artificial lawn maintenance with us – we can guarantee you’ll work with us for the rest of your life! If your lawn is not 100% clean and sanitised, we will not leave your premises.
To summarise, it’s important to remove pet waste, debris, leaves, spills from your artificial grass in the right manner using friendly materials to prolong its lifespan.