How to clean artificial grass

Need to make sure your artificial grass is clean and looks good for the summer? Discover our top tips on how to maintain fake grass.

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Dog on artificial grass

You’ve taken the plunge: out goes the maintenance nightmare that is real grass, and in comes an easier solution – fake grass. While artificial grass generally takes a lot less time and effort to keep on top of, you might still want to clean it sometimes – particularly if you have pets or children.

It’s not a good idea to walk on the grass in winter – if you tread on it when the fibres are frozen, this could cause damage.

Step-by-step: How to clean artificial grass

  1. Firstly, clear any debris. The easiest way to do this is with a leaf blower. Direct all the debris to one area so it’s easier to remove afterwards.
  2. Rinse with a garden hose. This should get rid of any dirt not removed by the leaf blower. Work the entire area using a circular motion, being careful not to use too much pressure as this could damage the grass.
  3. Brush the grass using a broom or rake. This will help keep the grass pointing upwards so your lawn looks more natural.

How to clear up spills

One thing that does need more attention on artificial grass rather than a real lawn is dealing with spills and accidents. But don’t panic – just follow these top tips:

  • Be careful not to rub any liquids into the artificial grass. Use a paper towel to blot straight after the spill.
  • Put a teaspoon of detergent like Persil Bio in a pint of water, and rub into any stains with a sponge or cloth. Rinse away using a hose.

How to disinfect artificial grass

Bacteria is actually less likely to gather on artificial grass than a natural lawn; however if you have a dog, rabbit or other pet then you may want to give it a good clean.

Simply use a solution of half vinegar and half water. You could use a spray bottle for any small spots, or a garden hose on a larger area.

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