Remove lines or marks in your artificial grass
The manufacturing process of artificial grass is a complicated and lengthy process – couple this with the fact that it is then shipped around (in our case from Belgium to our UK distribution centre) where it is once again passed through a process ready for its final distribution journey. The majority of our grass will pass through all these processes, arrive at its final destination, get rolled out and be in perfect condition. However, with some products there can be the occasional mark, line or crease in the grass. For creases, please refer to our ‘How-to remove from Namgrass’ guide.
In this article we provide some examples and explanations of what can occur and why they may occur. The aim of these explanations is to assure you that there is no need to panic if you unroll your grass and there are some lines or markings. With just a little time and/or manipulation they will disappear. The image below shows a piece of our Green Vision, which has just been rolled out – you can clearly see that there are some dark and light patches running across the roll, equally spaced. The cause of this is purely from the way in which the grass is rolled in the factory e.g. its wound onto the core/tube tightly, then put into stock or shipped out for delivery – a small amount of additional pressure to one or more sides of the grass can then cause the appearance of dark and light lines when the grass is first rolled out.
These lines will disappear once the grass has had a chance to fully relax, ideally in some warm sunshine. Some manipulation with a brush will also help. With regards to how long this may take, it can be anything from a matter of minutes to a few days depending on weather, product type and installation method e.g. has a mechanical brush been used as this will stimulate the pile and return it to how it should be at a faster rate.
Other lines or markings which can appear on grass is a very distinctive straight line through the grass. The cause of this is very simple, it can either be: 1. At the last stage of manufacturing in Belgium a mechanical wheel/track is passed over the top of the grass to ensure alignment of the rolls.
2. As the grass is processed in our distribution centre in the UK, the grass passes over a table with a measuring wheel running across it. In both these cases, the wheel can sometimes ruffle the fibres of the grass just before it is rolled up, therefore the ruffled fibres appear as a line when the grass is first rolled back out. Once again – please do not panic, allowing the grass to relax in warmth and/or giving the grass some manipulation will see these lines fade away pretty quickly. The timing of this can vary depending on product type and temperature.