In broad terms, fake lawn maintenance is inclusive of making sure the surface is clear of debris and occasional sweeping of the synthetic grass fibers to keep them looking clean and fresh. While rain is the best cleanser of artificial grass, the following are a few tips that can help keep your synthetic lawn spick and span:
- Avoid the use of heavy duty tools and substances such as acetone and alcohol; all of these are likely to do more harm than good to the synthetic grass fibers
- Pay extra attention to the part of your synthetic turf that is used the most; maybe the kids playing area. This area should have more rubber and sand infill to begin with and this infill should be replenished from time to time as well. You might notice “low spots” be sure to fill these in specifically with a few layers of infill; use a handheld fiber scrub brush or a street broom to brush the infill in to the grass
- Foreign objects can cause considerable damage to synthetic turf. Things like paper, chewing gum, bottles, athletic tape, leaves, twigs and waste items should be cleared away regularly from your fake grass
- The infill might begin to compact and mat the grass fibers together if allowed to sit for a long period of time. To prevent this it is recommended you brush the artificial turf on a regular basis. The brush should be run in different directions and this is important because constant unidirectional brushing could lead to the production of excess pile lean while is particularly bad if the turf is a sporting one
- If you happen to notice widening seams do not delay their repair
- Usually snow and ice can be left on the synthetic turf to melt and soak away on its own but in situations where the snow needs to be removed the snow should be plowed away leaving about an inch of snow to prevent mechanical damage to the grass. This inch high layer of snow can then be safely removed with a brush
- During sweepings, be careful not to let grease, lubricating oil or transmission fluids drip or spill onto the synthetic lawn because these spills may cause discoloration of the grass.
- One of the best things about fake grass is that it is highly resistant to stains. This is because most stains come with moisture and the polyolefin fibers do not absorb moisture. Most stains on artificial lawns are not true stains and the key to removing them completely is to act quickly. If prompt action is taken, most stains can easily be removed from the artificial grass using soap and water. Solid deposits on the fibers can be done away with using spatulas or dull knives
- If possible, keep the area around your turf smoke free and avoid the use of fires, fireworks and tobacco on the fake grass.