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The ultimate artificial grass cleaning guide [updated April 2023)

In 2023, it is essential to understand that artificial grass is low maintenance but not completely maintenance-free. The level of maintenance required may depend on the frequency of use of the area. For instance, if the turf is in constant use, like in a gym area, regular and thorough rejuvenation is necessary to maintain its lift.

One of the main benefits of artificial grass is that it allows you to use your garden all year round. However, exposure to the elements and high footfall, particularly during winter, can reduce the turf's lifespan if not adequately maintained. Thus, we have provided the ultimate maintenance guide for your artificial turf, addressing some of the most common questions we receive.

The following are the essential steps to maintain your lawn throughout the year:

  1. Removal of debris

  2. Regular disinfecting

  3. Brushing the fibres

  4. Preventing weed growth

  5. Sand infills

Let's explore each of these steps in more detail below.

Removal of debris:

Start using a plastic rake to brush the grass, ensuring you maintain it. You may need to brush against the grain if you have flat areas. You can try brushing in strips, similar to mowing a grass lawn.

Secondly, remove leaves and debris using a blower or brush to collect them in one corner. Regular debris removal is necessary to avoid seed germination from windblown seeds. Finally, remove moss and weeds to provide a clear canvas for the next steps.

Consider using a killer agent with a maximum pH of 8 to eliminate moss and weeds. After they die off, remove them along with any remaining debris and leaves.

Power brushing your turf:

Regular brushing is crucial to prevent matting and maintain upright fibres, mimicking the look of natural grass. We recommend using a stiff brush or power brush if available. We also recommend cross-brushing, which means brushing the turf in the opposite direction of the fibres. This technique restores your fibres to an upright position, managing drainage and heat retention.

Preventing weed growth:

A well-laid artificial lawn should not get weeds growing through it. However, airborne seeds can nestle in the fibres, leading to weed growth on the surface. Another area of potential weed growth is at the edges of the lawn. This is because the layers of weed membrane installed under your grass only go up to the perimeter of your lawn, allowing weeds to grow around the edges of the membrane.

Moss growth is another issue that can affect your turf. If you experience excessive moss growth, we recommend using specialist equipment to remove it without damaging the fibres.

Spot cleaning stains:

Artificial turf in high-footfall areas is always susceptible to stains. Although artificial grass is resistant to staining, you need to be careful about the products you use to remove them. The objective of stains is to deal with them as soon as they occur. If the stain is fresh liquid, soak it up as much as possible using clean clothes or a kitchen towel. If the stain has solidified, you may need to remove it with a plastic knife or spatula. Then, apply a simple household detergent mixed with warm water to the area.

In summary, artificial grass requires some maintenance, and we have provided a guide to help you keep it in top condition throughout the year. However, if you find this too challenging, our specialist team is here to help. We are skilled in rejuvenating artificial grass and can provide a free, no-obligation quote by completing our online quote form.

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