How to Clean Artificial Grass
While an artificial lawn needs nowhere near as much maintenance as a natural lawn, there are things that you need to do to make sure that your lawn looks its best for as long as possible. Here we’ll tell you everything you need to know about cleaning your artificial grass.
What you need:
- A leaf blower, a non-metal flexible lawn rake or a stiff broom
- A hose
- Mild detergent and warm water
Keep it Beautiful
Whether it’s a quick brush to get rid of dry debris or a quick splash with the hose, just spot clean the bits that need it, as they need it. A regular check makes sure that any build-up of leaves, twigs and dust or dirt doesn’t start to decompose or encourage moss growth – neither of which are good for your lawn! A brush with a stiff broom (or even a garden vacuum!) keeps the pile looking perky, as well as clearing any debris. If there’s anything stubborn or you feel like your lawn needs to be washed down, a blast with the hose works well.
If you have pets, and they like to use your artificial grass as a toilet, then you’ll have to do some extra cleaning. Namgrass is great for pets because it doesn’t discolour, but you don’t want pet waste to build up. Hose down the area after use, and if there is a lingering smell, use washing up liquid and warm water or an artificial grass cleaner.
As you enjoy your garden, you’re bound to spill things. Whether it’s sticky foods as you enjoy the warm weather or an accident while your kids play, artificial grass is easy to clean. A damp sponge and a bit of water is usually enough to get rid of any spills. If it’s dried on or just a bit stubborn, a half-and-half mix of vinegar and water will usually do the job.
What Not To Do
- Don’t use sharp objects that might cut or tear the artificial grass. If you’re trying to lever something off your grass that’s stuck or dried on, then use a putty knife or something blunt.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals on your grass to remove sticky stuff – this could damage the plastic. Instead, use washing up liquid, half-and-half of vinegar and water or specialist artificial grass cleaner. This goes for pesticides too! Just use a hose to wash away any critters.
- If you are tempted to use something a bit stronger on a stubborn patch, then try a patch test on the corner of the grass or somewhere that’s not visible to see if the chemicals react with the grass.
- Don’t apply heat to your lawn. It will dry naturally after a hose down.
- Don’t use a domestic vacuum on your artificial grass. This may not work well for the grass or the vacuum, and in fact may damage them both. Use a garden vacuum instead.
All this will keep your lawn looking beautiful all year round, with much less maintenance than a natural lawn.