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Artificial grass maintenance guide

Artificial grass doesn't need mowing or watering, but it does require some upkeep. Our artificial grass maintenance guide will cover everything from brushing to cleaning your fake grass.

Artificial grass is a great low-maintenance option for your garden. After all, it doesn’t need mowing or watering! But even fake grass needs some maintenance to keep it looking its best and lasting as long as possible.

Here’s everything you need to know about artificial grass maintenance.

Why is regular artificial turf maintenance important?

We get it, you chose artificial grass to reduce the maintenance you were putting into your lawn.

Doing some light monthly maintenance on your artificial turf is important for a number of reasons:

  • To keep your artificial turf looking good
  • So that your artificial grass lasts longer and proves to be a good long-term investment
  • To keep your artificial turf safe for children and pets
  • To prevent your artificial grass maintenance from building up into a huge job at the end of the year

Fake grass maintenance

Here are the main things you should do to maintain your fake grass and keep it looking its best.

Remove debris from your artificial grass

First things first, remove organic debris like leaves and dead plants from your fake grass as quickly as possible. A build up of organic matter can damage your lawn’s drainage and encourage weeds to grow.

You can collect debris by hand, use a broom or use a leaf blower – it won’t matter as long as you keep on top of it!

A little tip for you: Trimming back hedges and overhanging trees will limit the number of leaves falling onto your artificial turf, saving you a job!

Artificial grass maintenance brush

Artificial grass maintenance brush

When your artificial grass is first laid, you’ll need to leave it for a bit to settle. But after that, you should regularly brush your artificial lawn. This will prevent the blades from looking flat or trampled.

When you’re brushing your artificial turf, the aim is to get it to look bouncy and upright. So, be sure to brush it in different directions – or in the opposite direction of the artificial fibres. A stiff, natural-bristle broom will do the job, although you can also purchase electric power brushes designed especially for fake grass.

Brushing your artificial grass is something you should do regularly throughout the year to keep it looking its best. The only exception is if it’s been snowing. Removing compressed snow and ice can damage your artificial grass blades, so it’s best to wait until any snow melts naturally before returning to brushing your fake grass.

Artificial grass care and weeds

Artificial turf tends to have a membrane backing that reduces the risk of weeds growing through it. However, you could still get occasional weeds or mosses poking through.

If you just want to maintain the look of your artificial grass, you can simply remove the tops of weeds when they start to show through. But if you want to get to the root of the problem, you can also use moss or weed killer. Just make sure that it’s a water-based solution, otherwise you could risk damaging your artificial grass.

How to clean artificial grass

Finally, you’ll want to check your artificial grass for any stubborn stains. Most of these can be dealt with quickly and easily using hot soapy water – washing-up liquid will do just fine. If you have to clean up animal mess, it’s a good idea to regularly wash the affected areas in this way too.

Dealing with tougher stains like oil marks? You should be able to remove them using mineral spirits and a cloth. It’s usually okay to use detergents that have been heavily diluted, but we’d recommend sticking to products that have been designed especially for cleaning artificial grass, so that you can be sure you’re not going to cause any damage.

Astroturf cleaning service

Investing in an astroturf cleaning service can be a great way to stay on top of your artificial grass maintenance. Not only will you be able to rely on experts to keep your turf looking spick and span, but it’ll also save you time and energy.

Most artificial grass maintenance and cleaning companies will recommend a bi-annual cleaning service, although you could choose to have your artificial grass cleaned more or less often depending on your preferences.

Often, these professionals will be able to help with other kinds of maintenance – such as artificial grass repairs – if you need it too. For instance, they can deal with any lumps that appear in your artificial turf, or dips in the ground that are making your garden uneven.

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Artificial grass care additional tips

Here are some pointers to keep your artificial grass in top condition.

  • Don’t walk on it wearing high heels or football studs.
  • Don’t put anything hot on it, such as barbecues.
  • Keep chewing gum and adhesives away from it.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals or strong detergents like bleach.
  • Keep cars and other motor vehicles off it.
  • Avoid smoking on it.
  • Don’t put mirrors or other reflective surfaces in areas that could reflect sunlight onto it.
  • Keep an eye on children and pets to ensure they don’t damage it, for instance by digging or deliberately picking off blades.

Artificial grass maintenance key takeaways

  • Regular maintenance is important to improve the lifespan of your artificial grass and keep it looking good.
  • Removing debris as quickly as possible will help to keep your fake grass in good condition.
  • Regularly brushing your artificial turf will prevent it from looking flat.
  • You can easily remove most stains using hot soapy water.
  • An astroturf cleaning service can help you to stay on top of your fake grass maintenance.
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