Generally speaking, artificial turf needs less maintenance compared to natural turf, but as we all know, anything that exposed to the elements and receives frequent use is going to require a certain level of maintenance to make the artificial lawn a long lifespan and be a real lawn.
However, once the installation has been carried out, many homeowners are left with a host of maintenance related questions, such as: How do I keep my artificial lawn clean? What happens if I spill something on it? or Can I put heavy objects on my fake lawn?
There are 4 easy steps to follow when maintaining an artificial lawn that will help it to stay in tip-top condition:
Keep It Clean
Luckily artificial grass is, to an extent, self-cleaning. The rainfall we experience in the UK will generally do a good enough job of cleaning your artificial lawn. It’s also the cheapest and easiest method! However, during the summer, when there is (normally) less rain and your artificial lawn is receiving lots of heavy use, you might find it beneficial to give your lawn a thorough hosing down.
Spraying down your lawn will remove dust, dirt, pollen and other airborne pollutants.
It will also help to prevent unequal distribution of your artificial lawn’s sand infill. Household cleaners on the market are also available.
Remove Leaves and Debris
After a while, and especially during autumn, debris such as leaves and twigs will find their way on to your fake lawn. This will not harm your artificial grass in any way, but there is the potential that this debris could encourage weed growth. Therefore, it’s recommended that you remove leaves and debris on a regular basis with stiff broom, plastic garden rake or a leaf blower/vacuum.
Brush the Artificial Fibers Regularly
We also recommend that you regularly brush your artificial lawn to prevent matting and ensure the fibers remain in an upright position as the original one. To brush your grass, we recommend that you use a stiff broom with synthetic bristles and brush along the yarn direction.
Prevent Weed Growth
There is the potential for airborne seeds to nestle in the artificial fibers, allowing weeds to grow on the surface; Another area for potential weed growth is right at the very edges of your artificial lawn. You can pave a PP cloth on the ground basis before the turf installation and a weedkiller is recommended.