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Artificial grass is a great way to keep that fresh green look in your garden, without worrying about the bad weather destroying your lovely lawn. It cuts down on mowing and fertilising, all while allowing your outdoor space to remain fresh-looking and vibrant! After increasing in popularity over the past few years, artificial grass is now a staple in many of our gardens due to its appealing look all year round, and mainly the fact that it’s very low maintenance. However, despite it being artificial, it still needs cleaning every so often to maintain that fresh look all year round – luckily, the process is much less tiring than lawing, cutting and applying weed killer! Cleaning your fake grass is essential for eliminating bad odours, stains, and maintaining the longevity of your artificial grass, therefore, investing in a good artificial grass cleaner is vital!
Artificial grass is a great investment, saving you time and money - if looked after properly! Before buying your fake grass, it’s important to know the different types available so that you get the best product to suit you.
Nylon Artificial Grass is the most durable type on the market. Due to its strong, stiff blades, it holds its shape perfectly. Its durability is proved further by its ability to keep its original shape through high temperatures and heavy footwork on its surface, making this the perfect option for sporting events. Although this is the most expensive option, nylon is the perfect type of fake grass to provide the strongest and most durable surface for sporting events, heavy outdoor use, or simply your garden if you desire that extra longevity.
A softer, more nat ural looking artificial grass is polypropylene. Due to its finer and softer blades, its aesthetics resemble that of actual grass, making it many homeowner’s favourite for a natural-looking artificial lawn. However, polypropylene has its cons. Due to the finer blades, this type of artificial grass is less durable and is more prone to damage due to high temperatures and heavy footwork on its surface. Despite this, it is still the most cost effective and natural looking option, perfect for gardens and any indoor projects!
Polyethene is the artificial grass that is almost identical (in look and texture) to real grass. It is vibrant green and soft to touch. On top of this, it’s also extremely durable, meaning it will last much longer than polypropylene, especially when using nylon as a secondary thatch! This is also the option that requires the least amount of work to maintain its fresh look all year round – perfect for those wanting to replace their real grass for something that requires a lot less work!
Although more durable than real grass, it’s very important that artificial grass gets cleaned regularly in order to remove bacteria, small debris, and pet urine or faeces particles. If left untreated, the chemicals in dog urine can cause stains to appear on your artificial grass, which is something you will definitely want to avoid! When bacteria and pet urine build up – especially during warmer months - your artificial grass might start to smell a little (or a lot!), and if left untreated for a long period of time, can become difficult to remove.
Unfortunately, artificial grass is prone to holding bad odours due to smelly substances lingering in its blades. Unlike real grass, where these odours can me mown out and easily removed, artificial grass needs to be cleaned in order to smell fresh again. Luckily, this process is a lot less labouring than mowing your lawn on a hot summer’s day! You may find your artificial grass starts to smell more during warmer weather – not exactly what you want when you’re inviting friends around for barbecues and summer parties! Thankfully, it’s easy to get your artificial lawn looking brand new again, thanks to our range of artificial grass cleaning solutions. With pet urine often being the main culprit, our artificial grass cleaners can be used neat for stronger and quicker results.
Typically, we recommend cleaning your AstroTurf between 3-4 times a month or whenever you begin to notice odours appear. Keeping on top of cleaning your artificial grass this way will ensure that it’s kept in the best condition possible!
For best results, liberally apply our artificial grass cleaners with a watering can or pump sprayer, after they have been diluted with water. Leave for 15-20 minutes, before rinsing down and letting the treated area dry.
Our extra strength artificial grass cleaners are designed to deeply clean, remove bacteria, eliminate pet urine smells, whilst also being extremely safe to use! Just make sure the area is dry before you re-introduce pets and children to the area.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s urine creating bad odour, you’ve probably also encountered a few other issues involving your dog and fake grass.
Many dogs have a tendency to chew artificial grass when it is loose at the edges, or it has not been fitted correctly, ultimately causing air pockets beneath the surface that your pet may try to bite. To prevent this issue, before cleaning takes place, check the grass for any bumps, uplifting edges or air pockets. Finding these issues quickly will ensure the area is left chew-free!
Whether you have real or artificial grass, having your dog try to dig it up can be a real nuisance! One of the benefits of artificial grass is that dogs are not naturally inclined to dig it, making it much less likely to happen. Despite this, their urine can weaken the material and cause long-term damage to your artificial grass. Although cleaning the area will not prevent this completely, it will ensure the tears are kept to a minimum by preventing the grass from becoming weakened by their urine.