Dust, Pollen & Pollutants
Rainfall is the best faux turf cleanser, as well as the cheapest! However, if you live in an area where rain is a rarity, a quick spray with a water hose can eliminate dust or pollen that may be present.
For lightly soiled areas, a basic mixture of warm water with a 5% solution of a mild household detergent can work wonders! Simply sponge mop the affected spot and then rinse.
For areas that are more heavily soiled, use the above procedure before then sponge mopping the area with a 3% solution of household ammonia in hot water. When this has been completed, rinse the area thoroughly with warm water.
Stains & Blemishes
The most important element to remember is promptness, since it is infinitely easier to clean up a fresh spill than to remove a stubborn blemish once it has dried, hardened, and “set in.” Solid or paste-like deposits can be removed with a plastic table knife or spatula, while excess liquids can be blotted up with paper towels, a clean cloth, or a dry absorbent, such as kitty litter or fuller’s earth. Dry absorbents can then be swept or vacuumed up afterwards.
The first group of cleaners, that can generally be applied without any special precautions, include the following:
- “Simple Green”, a bio-friendly cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- A three (3) percent solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn stains.
- Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches or caustic cleaners (ph above 9) or highly acidic cleanses (ph below 5).
- Rinse area thoroughly with clean cold water to remove any traces of soap or ammonia.
- Blot up excessive liquid.
CAUTION: Mineral spirits and other petroleum-based solvents are flammable. Therefore, it is important that you never smoke or allow open flames near where solvent products are being employed. Only use solvents if the area is well-ventilated.
Always allow solid waste to dry and then dispose. If regular rainfall is not common wherever you live, hose down the area on a habitual basis to promote the drainage of urine as well as to keep the surface hygienic and unsoiled. Depending on the number of pets you own, enzyme neutralizers can effectively limit and control odors. Neutralize with a homemade mixture of white distilled vinegar with an equal amount of water. After applying, wash thoroughly using a water hose.
Tree Sap & Chewing Gum
Tree sap and chewing gum can be removed via freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant are available from the majority of carpet cleaning suppliers, or dry ice can be used instead. After freezing, carefully scrape the offending substance away with a knife.
Fungus & Mold Spots
A 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be used on the affected area with a soft sponge. Afterward, methodically wash away with clean water.
The regularity for brushing is directly related to the amount of foot traffic the area encounters. The matting of fibers may occur in high-foot traffic areas, especially if they have become soiled with dirt or other airborne pollutants.
Periodic “cross brushing” of the turf can help restore its aesthetic appearance. “Cross brushing” means that all brushing activity takes place against the grain, nap, or sweep of the turf fibers. By brushing against the turf, the fibers are “fluffed up.” Always use a brush with synthetic bristles – never use a brush with metal or wire bristles, because they can inadvertently damage the fibers.
It is worth noting that the matting of turf fibers within heavier trafficked areas might appear different than in spaces that do not see large amounts of traffic. Brushing these areas is highly recommended as it will guarantee your turf a much fuller life while also cutting down on future maintenance. Brush your artificial grass as often as needed, keeping in mind that, the more traffic, the more frequent the brushing should be.
High traffic areas might include but are not limited to:
- Commercial Applications
- Multiple dogs
- Heavy play activity by children
- Paths in the yard that are traveled often
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