When you consider the main differences between a synthetic lawn and a real lawn, the one that usually stands out is the fact that an artificial one requires far less maintenance. However, this shouldn’t be interpreted as the lawn not requiring any maintenance at all as they do need some TLC to ensure that they keep their appearance and have a much longer lifespan.
One of the most important things that you will need to do is to ensure that your artificial lawn is kept clean. How often this needs to be done will depend on a number of different factors, including the proximity to trees and shrubs, outdoor pets and children. If you live in a dusty area, once again you may need to spend a little longer keeping your artificial lawn in tip-top condition. Regardless of the factors that you may face individually, we would strongly recommend taking the following steps to protect your investment.
Conduct Weekly Maintenance
This may be something that you wanted to avoid but we would recommend giving your lawn a light rinse each week to keep the fibres free from dust and any other debris that may have accumulated.
Conducting a more thorough clean on a monthly basis will help to keep your artificial lawn looking clean, green and inviting. We would suggest using a stiff brush or broom and maybe a flexible lawn rake. Avoid steel bristles as this will damage the surface.
This may need to be conducted more frequently if you have trees nearby that are prone to dropping leaves or if you have pets.
Regular grooming also prevents matting and keeps your lawn’s infill from compacting.
Dealing With Spills
Nearly all modern artificial turf is stain resistant and anything that is dropped can simply be washed away with water. If you are concerned about bacteria, we suggest that you use a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar that can be washed off after with a mild, natural soap – avoid strong chemical based detergents as they may once again cause damage to your surface.
As with spills on carpets, responding quickly is the key to effectively removing any spills. Chewing gum may pose the biggest concern but can be removed easier if it is chilled, so consider using ice cubes to do this.
Stains and Burns
Burns and stains can be repaired but prevention is far better than cure. We recommend that you encourage smokers to avoid smoking on your lawn, likewise, don’t repair vehicles on the turf or as we discussed early use strong chemicals. Oil is one of the few substances that may stain your artificial grass so always bear this in mind when using it.
Taking care of your turf on a regular basis will mean that it will keep its fantastic appearance for years to come. Performing simple tasks on a regular basis will save you from needing to carry out more drastic work in the future.
We strongly recommend that you use the services of a professional company that specialises in artificial lawns to carry out bi-annual maintenance on your turf to keep it looking in tip-top condition. Any repairs should also be done by professionals.