When you install synthetic turf in your Dallas backyard, you gain a lush, green lawn that is low maintenance compared to real grass. But while artificial grass doesn’t require frequent mowing or watering, it still needs the occasional deep clean to look its best and prevent any buildup of dirt, debris, and microbes.
Many homeowners wonder if household cleaners are safe for their artificial turf and how often they should sanitize it. The good news is that you have many more options for keeping your synthetic lawn sparkling clean versus a natural lawn. With a few simple precautions, you can use a wide range of DIY and commercial cleaners to remove stains, disinfect, and revitalize faded or matted grass fibers.
Types of Cleaners Safe for Artificial Turf
For routine spot cleaning or gentle overall cleaning, you can safely use most common household cleaners on synthetic grass. All-purpose cleaners, dish soaps, oxygen bleaches, and laundry detergent work well for handling food, drink spills, general dirt, and organic debris like leaves. Always dilute the cleaner according to the label.
To sanitize your turf and eliminate germs, bacteria, and odors, disinfectant cleaners are ideal. Look for active ingredients like sodium hypochlorite (bleach), hydrogen peroxide, citric acid or vinegar when choosing a commercial disinfectant spray or wipes. Be sure to find one specifically designed for outdoor surfaces. You can also make a simple DIY disinfecting solution of half distilled white vinegar and half water.
Every 3-6 months, it’s a good idea to deep clean your whole lawn to revitalize the turf. For this, you’ll need a stronger cleaner formulated for use on synthetic grass. Options like pH-balanced enzyme cleaners, commercial degreasers and synthetic grass cleaners help break down organic matter for a thorough clean. Rinse well after use.
For tough stains like rust, oil, mildew or flower pollen that everyday cleaners can’t tackle, always reach for a stain remover made for synthetic turf first. Check the label to ensure it’s safe for your specific artificial grass fibers. You can also try common household stain fighters like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice or vinegar.
DIY Cleaning Solutions for Artificial Grass
You can make inexpensive, eco-friendly cleaners at home to safely tackle most spills and stains on your synthetic lawn. Try these solutions:
- All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda, 2 drops dish soap and 1 quart warm water.
- Disinfectant Spray: Combine 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Spritz and let sit 10 minutes before rinsing.
- Degreaser: Mix 2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar. Scrub into oily stains and rinse.
- Mild Bleach: Add 1 tbsp lemon juice to 1 quart water and 2 tbsp oxygen bleach powder. Soak stubborn organic stains.
Tips for Cleaning Artificial Grass
No matter what type of cleaning agent you’re using, always keep these precautions in mind:
- Always spot test cleaners in an inconspicuous area first.
- Read labels carefully and follow directions. Don’t exceed recommended concentrations.
- Apply cleaners when grass is cool and dry. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight.
- Use a stiff scrub brush to work cleaners into the grass blades to lift dirt from the base.
- Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose after cleaning and allow to dry fully before using.
- Avoid using too much pressure when rinsing, which can displace infill.
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