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Artificial Turf Maintenance Tips for Muddy Paws & More!

Artificial Turf Maintenance Tips for Muddy Paws & More!

A lush backyard lawn is one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids and pets. Maintaining that lushness for beauty and safety, though, can take a lot of time, effort, and expense. Synthetic turf is a wonderful low-maintenance solution that’s safer than natural grass for both two and four-legged family members. And with regular artificial turf maintenance, you ensure fewer indoor chores, too. No more muddy paws or shoes making their way into the house! Call us for a consultation today!

Artificial Turf Maintenance Eliminates Muddy Paws and More

A key benefit of artificial turf is how well it stands up to the wear and tear of paws, claws, and roughhousing. Proper drainage eliminates the puddles and mud that are a way of life with natural grass, and your lawn stays clean, dry, and odor-free.

As we like to say, low maintenance isn’t no maintenance, but it’s pretty darn close. Regular artificial turf maintenance extends the life of your new lawn while saving you hours of work every week. We recommend:

  • One good cleaning in the spring to prepare for backyard summer fun.
  • Removing leaves in the fall to eliminate any moss growth.
  • Occasional cleanups after heavy use.

While SYNLawn Vancouver Island offers maintenance plans that include sanitizing, deodorizing, checking for pet damage, and power brooming, you can easily perform most artificial turf maintenance yourself. Here’s how.

Dust, Pollen, and Other Airborne Pollutants

There are months when Victoria gets a good amount of rainfall, which is the best and least expensive artificial turf cleanser! During drier times, a quick spray with the water hose eliminates dust and pollen.

Stains and Other Mishaps

Fortunately, artificial turf is highly resistant to staining. But when it happens, the faster you deal with a fresh spill on your artificial turf, the better. Use a plastic table knife or spatula to remove solid or paste-like deposits. Blot excess liquids with paper towels, a clean cloth, or a dry absorbent, such as cat litter, followed by a light vacuum.

Avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals, as they can damage the makeup of the lawn’s fibers. A mild, warm solution of granular household detergent handles most messes, including coffee, fruit juices, ketchup, and alcohol. For tougher stains like asphalt, tar, and crayon, use mineral spirits or a grease spot remover like perchloroethylene (dry cleaning solution).

Animal Waste

Although artificial turf is extremely pet-friendly, it’s essential to keep pet waste-related odors to a minimum. Allow solid waste to dry and then dispose of it. Occasionally hose down the areas your pet frequents to promote urine drainage and keep the surface hygienic and unsoiled.

Chewing Gum and Tree Sap

Freezing is the best method for sticky stains. Use an aerosol refrigerant or dry ice to “freeze” the stain, and then use a knife to carefully scrape it away.

Low Maintenance Artificial Turf for a Cleaner House

Lastly, periodic brushing of your artificial turf helps maintain its beauty and freshness. Brushing against the grain keeps the lawn fibers “fluffed” up and prolongs the turf’s life. To discover more artificial turf maintenance tips, contact SYNLawn Vancouver Island today for a free consultation.