One of the most appealing aspects of having artificial grass installed in your garden, is its distinct ease of maintenance. Having said this, what exactly should you do to maintain your artificial grass, and ensure that it gives you maximum years of service?
To keep your artificial grass in tip-top condition, your maintenance routine will involve cleaning. How much cleaning you need to do, depends entirely on what your artificial grass endures on a day-to-day basis. If you were told that you simply need to hose down your lawn occasionally, well, that is not the whole story. A well maintained artificial lawn will require a little more attention than that, albeit quick and simple to care for.
Debris and Dust
Keeping your artificial lawn free of leaves, branches, sand and dust is vital, as a build-up of these will cause blockages in the draining system of the lawn and could result in the pile of the lawn lying flat.
Using a garden blower and a garden vacuum, you will be able to easily keep your artificial lawn looking beautiful. The more regularly you attend to your lawn, the easier it will be to keep clean.
If you don’t have a garden blower and vacuum, you can also use a broom and pan, however we would highly recommend the garden blower and vacuum combination.
Spills and Stains
It’s fairly obvious that strong chemicals, paint and anything hot or flammable should be kept away from your artificial lawn, but what about more common substances that could stain? Coffee, tea, wine, blood, sweet drinks and alcohol are bound to find their way on to your artificial lawn at some point, so how do you clean up spills and stains?
- Absorb: Using a towel, paper towel or even cat litter, blot up fresh spills as quickly as possible.
- Treat: Using water and some mild detergent such as dishwashing liquid or even better, a biodegradable detergent, gently clean the spillage from your artificial lawn.
- Rinse: Thoroughly rinse the detergent and spillage away using cool, clean water.
Pets and Piles
An artificial lawn can be a real boon for pet owners as now, they don’t need to worry about pet messes killing the grass they’ve so meticulously maintained! Hygiene however, remains a concern.
Daily removal of waste is essential and this, in addition to your Four-step Maintenance Mantra below, will keep your lawn looking great. Solid waste is simple. Allow it to dry, after which it can be easily removed. Urine however, can result in smell over time. Male dogs, as well as cats will tend to leave the worst urine smells behind.
For regular urine management, we recommend using a liquid spray product specifically designed to biodegrade organic pet matter. There are a variety of such products on the market, and they are generally environmentally friendly and safe to use around both pets and children.
Traffic from people and pets will over time, result in flattened grass fibres. A simple brush against the pile and cross brushing of the grass fibres from side-to-side using a medium – stiff broom, will bring the pile of your artificial lawn back up again.
We have specialised products for use on artificial grass and we would definitely recommend such products. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter and you will enjoy both a hygienic and beautiful artificial lawn.
Your Four-step Maintenance Mantra
Clean: Remove debris and dust using a garden blower and vacuum, or broom and pan. Attend to any spills and pet waste using biodegradable detergents.
Rinse: Use a hose and cool, clean water, or a pressurised garden spray can if you are living in a water-restricted zone, to rinse dust and pollens from your lawn.
Brush: Using a medium – stiff broom, brush against the pile and across the pile to lift the fibres of your artificial lawn.
Repeat: For an artificial lawn that lasts and lasts, be sure to give it attention every day, or every week at the very least.
A solid quality artificial grass is non-negotiable if you are looking to get a few decades of service from it. At Perfect Grass we have not only sourced a range of premium quality artificial grass options that we ourselves would be happy to invest in for our own premises, but we ensure that you will get the best service from your investment, through our industry leading installation methods.
Get in touch with us today, and one of our consultants will be happy to visit your premises and advise on the best artificial grass options for your particular needs.
Call us on 021 212 9898 (Cape Town) or 010 442 0400 (Johannesburg)