How to Clean Artificial Turf: A Guide for Pet Owners
Watering a lawn can use up to 20,400 gallons of water per month. Having artificial turf in your yard not only saves you water (and money on your water bill) but also provides a beautiful lawn that you and your pet can both enjoy. But do you know how to clean artificial turf after your dog is out there? Read on to find out.
Artificial Turf and Dog Urine and Feces
Artificial grass is installed so that liquids pass through the grass to the substrate underneath. It is made from a porous backing that doesn’t allow liquids or solids to get trapped in the grass.
Your installers can also add a turf deodorizer or install a membrane to provide more airflow between the base and turf.
Some artificial grass may also have crushed rocks under the turf to help filter liquids and small solids through to the soil layer.
When you have artificial turf installed, let your installer know that you have pets. There are some types of turf that have a special anti-microbial surface to prevent the spread of bacteria from feces.
The best way to prevent problems with your artificial turf is to clean up after your dog right away. Just like when you take your dog for a walk, scoop it up and toss it in the bin.
Fresh dog poop is a lot easier to manage than when it has hardened onto your turf.
What to Do About Urine Odor
if your artificial grass is giving off a dog pee smell you need to deodorize those areas to get rid of the smell.
Start by hosing off the area with a garden hose. Then, make a vinegar solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray the area with this solution and rinse with clean water.
Vinegar is a non-toxic, natural deodorizer that is safe for children and pets. It’s a great way to get rid of any bad smells inside the house too.
You can also purchase an artificial turf cleaner.
Dealing with Hardened Feces
If you forget to go scoop up your dog’s poop for a few days or longer, you may have to work a little harder to clean up after your pet.
If you find dried dog poop, spray it with water from your hose. This will loosen the waste so it is easier to pick up.
Once you scoop what you can, give the area another rinse. You can then use a paper towel and your vinegar solution to clear away any remaining stool.
Final Word on How to Clean Artificial Turf
Artificial turf is a low-maintenance yard solution that looks great all year round. Even during winter.
If you have pets, your best bet is to have a pet-safe turf installed. Then learn how to clean artificial turf. Ensure that you are always using products that are safe for turf. Avoid any chemicals that could harm pets or children.
At Synthetic Grass DFW, we install EasyTurf for hundreds of happy pet owners. Its revolutionary drainage solution leaves room for zero absorption.
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