When you first lay down your artificial lawn, it will be bright and vibrant. Over time, however, the color will dull, fade, or stain with things like dirt, water spots from rain or dew, sap that drips from trees or prickly pine needles; food; oil; tannin (plant pigments found in many grasses such as berries and leaves); rust (from metals like iron); and mold and moss growth. Here are some processes by which you can clean your artificial grass.
Pick up dirt
A clean broom is all you need to remove any surface level dirt.
Pick up mulch
If you recently laid new mulch around your plants and flowers and notice some staining on the blades of your fake grass after a few weeks’ time has passed, you can pick up the mulch with rubber gloves or a bag and replaced it with fresh.
Pick up oil
If something oily dripped onto your fake grass blades, simply sprinkle some talcum powder to soak up the oil before vacuuming away the excess powder.
To pick up rust
Artificial grass blades are not usually damaged by rust stains because they do not have an iron content in their fibers like natural grass does. However, if rust has formed on metal such as your garden furniture or wheelbarrow that is left sitting on your synthetic lawn for more than a few hours at a time, then use either WD-40 spray or hydrogen peroxide (about 50% strength) on a cloth to wipe away the rust.
To pick up mold and moss growth
If you notice some unsightly black or green spots beginning to form on your artificial grass blades, simply spray with either a solution of one cup bleach mixed with ten cups water or 1 tbsp grapefruit seed extract in 8 oz water.
To remove water stains
To get rid of any unsightly gray rings on your fake lawn that appear after rain splashes them up onto the plastic blades, try sprinkling salt over the affected area before sweeping it away; or pour hydrogen peroxide (about 50% strength) onto the stain until it bubbles away; or make a thick paste out of baking soda and lemon juice (3 tsp baking soda to 2 tsp lemon juice) and spread it over the spot, let it sit for a little while, and sweep away.
If your kids or pets recently created some artificial maple syrup by playing with their food on your synthetic lawn, try putting some shaving cream onto the affected area and then rinsing to soak up as much of the syrup as possible; or use a bit of mineral oil; or apply rubbing alcohol (70% strength) onto a cloth and wipe the affected area.
Get rid of residue
There is no need to scrub your lawn every time you use a cleaning product because doing so will just damage the blades of your artificial grass over time. However, if a stubborn piece of dirt or some other kinds of residue remains on a portion of your lawn after you have cleaned it, simply hose the area down with water from a garden hose fitted with a spray nozzle. This should dislodge any remaining grime without causing any abrasion to the blades of fake grass.
Applying an all purpose protective spray onto your synthetic lawn once or twice a year can help prevent mold and moss growth while keeping unsightly stains from forming.
To clean pet urine
When accidents happen and your cat or dog have left a puddle on your faux grass, simply sprinkle with baking soda before sprinkling about a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar over the top. Let it sit for a moment until you see a bubbling reaction, then pour warm water onto the area to rinse away any residue.
If there is still an odor after this step is completed, sprinkle some borax powder over the affected area and let it sit overnight, then rake up in the morning before vacuuming away what remains.
Pick up animal waste
If you have been having trouble with your garden hose due to a buildup of dried animal droppings, simply add a handful of ordinary salt into the hose and leave for an hour or two before rinsing it away.
To kill any germs or bacteria on your lawn, pour hydrogen peroxide mixed with dish soap onto a rag and wipe down blades thoroughly; or if this doesn’t work, try using a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to four parts water; or dilute some LYSOL with six parts water and spray onto your grass.
Lay new turf
Never walk onto freshly laid synthetic grass until you are certain that it is fully rooted down – until the blades of grass have rooted they are incredibly vulnerable to being pushed out of place by someone walking on them too heavily.
It can take anywhere between several weeks and several months for roots to form depending on how dry the area is in which you installed your fake lawn, how much foot traffic it sees, etc. Walk on newly laid turf only once it has finished rooting and you will never have to worry about accidentally stepping on an area that hasn’t taken.
Prevent moss growth
Spray any areas where the grass appears thin with vinegar in order to kill off existing moss. This is also effective at preventing future occurrences of unwanted weed growth in small bare patches.
Keep dogs out of certain lawns
If you are tired of dogs urinating on your artificial grass, pour cayenne pepper flakes or orange peels around the area they’re using as a bathroom in order to discourage them from using this location again.
In the case of an artificial lawn, it is often more popularly known as synthetic turf. Most homeowners seem to jump at the opportunity to install artificial grass lawns because they do not require even half the amount of care and maintenance as do natural grass lawns. You don’t have to fertilize, mow, aerate, or water synthetic grass.
However, just because it doesn’t have as many maintenance requirements doesn’t mean it doesn’t require any maintenance. Factors including kids, pets, wildlife, or even a lot of trees and shrubs can all dictate how often you need to clean your artificial grass. Living in a particularly dusty or rainy area can also determine your synthetic lawn’s cleaning and maintaining schedule. Here are some basic guidelines on how often to clean artificial grass.
Clean your fake lawn at least once a month, but more frequently if you notice that your grass is getting dirty or stained. This will require some elbow grease and some all-purpose cleaner, which can be bought at any local mega-mart. If you’re squeamish about using chemicals on your lawn, then just scrub the stains with some liquid dish soap and water.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How often long do we clean the grass?
It depends on the condition of grass. But it is necessary that you will clean the grass once in a month.
- Does bleach has any affect on grass?
General care is necessary. Always use diluted bleach and vinegar solution is also a best choice.