How to Clean Artificial Grass

For your artificial grass installation, a regular cleaning program is always recommended to ensure the maximum life expectancy of your LazyLawn. As an outdoor product open to the elements, there is inevitably some periodic light maintenance work you should carry out to look after your lawn. Here are our 6 best aftercare tips for maintaining your artificial grass to keep your garden clean and presentable.

1. Regularly remove leaves and debris

2. Apply weed killer

3. Brushing

4. Remove pet waste

5. Avoid mirrors and other reflective surfaces

6. Avoid using BBQs and other heat sources directly on the lawn

Useful tools for keeping your artificial grass clean

  • Stiff brush (mechanical brush for best results)
  • Plastic rake
  • Leaf blower
  • Hedge trimmer (for any overhanging foliage)
  • Weed killer
  • Detergent
  • PoopClenz and PeeClenz for pet waste

Cleaning Artificial Grass| The Go-To Guide

Step One: Regularly Remove Leaves and Debris

The first step to cleaning and caring for your artificial grass is to regularly remove leaves and debris using a petrol leaf blower (for best results), a stiff brush, or a plastic rake. Additionally, to limit the number of leaves falling onto the lawn, regularly trim back hedges and overhanging trees.

Step Two: Apply Weed Killer

As artificial grass is susceptible to airborne seeds, regular maintenance in the form of a weed killer twice a year to the whole area is paramount. If any weeds do grow, these are easily removed.

Step Three: Brushing

If there is no transfer of dirt or soil, artificial grass is pretty much self-cleaning. However, if the grass needs cleaning, hosing it down using a light detergent and a stiff brush (or a mechanical brush for best results) is recommended.

Step Four: Remove Pet Waste

If you have dogs or pets, it’s important to eradicate pet urine odours and mess to keep your lawn clean and fresh. You can use our specialist artificial grass cleaners PoopClenz and PeeClenz to help maintain your lawn.

Step Five: Avoid Mirrors and Other Reflective Surfaces

Please be aware that outdoor mirrors, mirrored walls, reflective and shiny surfaces, and energy-efficient windows can have an adverse effect on our surfaces, and, as such, are not recommended to be used in any project where LazyLawn is laid, as any damage caused by such items will not be covered by any warranty.

Step Six: Avoid Using BBQs and Other Heat Sources Directly on the Lawn

Please be aware that barbeques and other items that generate heat should not be placed directly on the artificial lawn as they can burn the grass due to the intense heat generated from them. It is best practice to place BBQs on a patio.

We have had cases where clients have employed contractors to trim their trees who have then placed their motorised tools on the lawn, which has subsequently burnt the surface. Any damage caused by such items will not be covered by any warranty so please take care and advise any contractors in advance so they do not accidentally damage your synthetic turf.

It’s also a good idea to keep any magnifying glasses away from the kids on the lawn.

Autumn Artificial Lawn

How to Clean Artificial Grass When...

At LazyLawn, we understand the importance of keeping your artificial grass clean and spotless, however, special scenarios require special treatments. So, below is an assortment of common cleaning problems where the solution may not always be apparent!

How to clean artificial grass when there are weeds appearing

A pre-emptive step you can take to make sure your artificial grass doesn’t become weed ridden is to lay down a weed membrane before you lay the artificial grass down. 

How to clean artificial grass when it's covered in snow or ice

You can deal with the issue of ice and snow through different methods, it is usually dependent on the severity of the snow and ice. Whilst LazyLawn’s artificial grass is designed to withstand the punishment of a UK winter, we understand that you may want to utilise your outside space without the inconvenience of slugging over ice and snow.

Removing Ice

Our advice on removing ice is simple – don’t do it. This is because removing ice manually can damage your artificial grass. Leaving the ice to melt is completely safe and the excess water will just drain out.

Removing large amounts of snow

Yet again, you risk damaging your artificial grass when removing heavy snow – if you’re not careful. However, unlike ice, you can safely remove heavy snow from your outside space.

We recommend using a shovel to (very gently and carefully) remove the majority of snow. It’s important not to scoop it all off at once, as you may catch the grass and damage it. Instead, leave a thin layer of snow on top of the grass and brush the remnants off with a broom or brush.

Removing a small layer of snow

As previously covered, you can remove a small layer of snow by simply brushing it with a broom or brush.

How to clean artificial grass when your dog or cat has made a mess on it

PoopClenz and PeeClenz are two of the best products on the market when it comes to cleaning up pet waste. PoopClenz and PeeClenz are designed to clean your artificial grass and eliminate odours. They’re also artificial grass friendly so you don’t have to worry about these products damaging your artificial grass.

How to clean artificial grass when you've spilt s drink on it

The first thing to do in this situation is to not panic and attempt to rub it out, instead, dab the spillage until it is dried up. If you feel that the spillage may become sticky or stain, then add some water afterwards as a precaution.

How to clean artificial grass when you've spotted a stubborn stain

For stubborn stains, there is slightly more work required to eliminate them. To clean these stains effectively, mix detergent and water together into a solution and apply it to the stain, whilst being sure to rub it in with a cloth or sponge.

Once you have scrubbed the stain out, leave the detergent to sit for a minute or two and then wash it out of the grass with some plain water. If the stain is too stubborn or sticky, use a toothbrush or hard-bristled brush and softly brush the stain out.

Free Technical Support

If you have any questions about artificial grass maintenance or cleaning your LazyLawn, we’re happy to help with any queries you may have. Call us for more information on how to clean and care for your artificial grass at 0800 023 2343 and we can talk through any aspect of looking after your lawn.

New Service: LazyLawn Refresh

If you have a larger lawn area, we can offer a refresh service using our specialist equipment. Please contact your local installer for details. 

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