Artificial Grass Manufacturers Maintenance Guidelines
To get the very most out of your artificial grass and to extend the life span of the artificial turf, a certain degree of maintenance is required. This means removing all debris, such as leaves, and brushing the grass often. This will result in many years of pleasure derived from the use of your artificial grass. Artificial turf may be low maintenance, but it is not maintenance – free!
1. KEEP IT CLEAN
- Keep the grass free of debris and leaves.
- Remove leaves using a leaf blower or plastic rake.
- To help avoid airborne seeds or seeds dropped by birds germinating and creating weeds on the surface of your artificial grass we recommend your grass is swept with a stiff broom against the pile or raked with a plastic rake on a regular basis. This will help prevent weeds forming in your grass surface.
- If any weeds do appear remove them immediately to prevent seed dispersal.
- For lightly soiled areas, it may be necessary to use a 5% solution of household detergent in hot water followed by a through rinsing with hot water.
- For heavily soiled areas, repeat procedure for lightly soiled areas followed by using a 3% solution of household ammonia in hot water followed by a through rinsing with hot water.
- It is always easier to clean up a fresh spill than one that has dried and hardened.
- Remove any solid or paste –like deposit with a spatula or table knife.
- Blot up excess liquids with paper towels, clean cloth, or a dry absorbent. Dry absorbents can then be swept or vacuumed up afterwards.
Some cleaning agents although safe for the fibres can be harmful to other components of the turf system. Therefore, cleaning agents are grouped into two sets, one of which can be used in sufficient amounts directly on the turf surface, and the second of which should only be applied by rubbing a cloth soaked in the cleaner in order to minimize penetration of possible harmful agents below the turf surface.
In the first group of cleaners which generally can be applied without any special precautions are the following:
- A warm, mild solution of household detergent, this will handle most waterborne stains including: coffee-ketchup-tea-milk –cola – fizzy drinks -ice cream-blood.
- A 3% solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn stains.
- Do Not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches or highly acidic cleaners (PH<5).
- Rinse area thoroughly with clean cold water to remove any traces of soap or ammonia.
The second group of cleaners, where agent must be applied sparingly and care taken to avoid penetration beneath the turf are the following: Mineral spirits or a grease spot remover like perchlorethylene of the type sold by most supermarkets. In general, cleaners in this category should handle most oil-based stains including:
- Cooking oil –motor oil-shoe polish – floor wax.
- Caution : mineral spirits and other petroleum based solvents are flammable.
- Be sure the area is well ventilated where solvent cleaners are used.
Pet excrement or smells can be removed using a shovel or detergent and water.
Chewing gum can be removed by freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant are available from most carpet cleaning suppliers for this purpose , or dry ice can be used . After freezing, scrape with a knife.
Fungus or mold spots – A 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be sponged on to the affected area. Flush thoroughly with clean water after application.
- Sweep with a stiff brush to straighten the fibres.
- Flattening of the fibres may occur in areas of high foot traffic, especially if fibres have become soiled with dirt and other airborne pollutants.
- Perodic ‘cross brushing’ meaning against the grain of the turf fibres can help restore the aesthetic appearance of the turf.
- A brush with synthetic bristles should be used, never use a brush with metal bristles because they will damage the fibres.
DO NOT ABUSE THE TURF
- Avoid contact with hot materials (or close proximity to glass structures) to prevent shrinkage of the turf fibres.
- Furniture with sharp edges should not be placed on the turf as they may puncture or tear the Artificial Grass.
- Lighted cigarettes cannot ignite the turf, but they can damage the turf by fusing the tips of the fibres together.