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How Does Artificial Turf for Dogs Stay Odor-Free? Plus Cleanup Tips for Pet Bathroom Spots
Your lawn will always have spots if your dogs spend time in it. Even if you pick up poop and rinse urine right away, the smell lingers, as pet waste leaves traces that cling to the grass. But don’t give up hope on an odor-free lawn just yet. With artificial turf for dogs, you can have a pristine, pet-friendly lawn that never gets smelly.
Odor Control Features of Artificial Grass
Bad smells seldom cling to synthetic turf, and if they do, it’s easy to deodorize it, thanks to the following features:
The antimicrobial properties of pet turf prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. So the grass remains fresh and clean, even with regular pet use.
Synthetic turf drains moisture quickly, thanks to its permeable backing and aggregate base work. So pet pee won’t pool on its surface. Likewise, if you rinse off the urine and poop residue, the dirty, smelly water won’t puddle.
Artificial grass dries quickly after a rainfall or washing because it’s water resistant. It doesn’t retain moisture, preventing mold and mildew growth and making it easier to keep your yard smelling fresh.
Deodorizing Infill Options
Expert installers can integrate deodorizing infill, such as ZeoFill or Envirofill, into the installation. Infill absorbs and neutralizes pet odors, and it’s a great investment if your dogs often use your yard as their bathroom.
Can Use Enzyme Cleaners
Field Turf synthetic grass is compatible with pet-safe enzyme cleaners, which work to break down and neutralize odor-causing molecules. You can’t use these cleaners on natural lawns because they can ruin the turf.
When Do Pet Waste Odors Linger on Synthetic Grass?
It’s easy to keep artificial grass odor-free, but that doesn’t mean that bad smells can’t cling to it. The smell of pet waste can stick to it when:
- You don’t clean it properly: Remove solid waste and hose down your artificial grass thoroughly to wash away urine, dirt, and debris. Traces can cause smells to persist.
- You used the wrong infill type: Some infills trap odors, like silicon sand and crumb rubber, and can only absorb odors, not neutralize them.
6 Ways to Deodorize Bathroom Areas on Artificial Grass
Want to make sure your synthetic turf stays odor-free? Add one of these practices to your cleanup routine to deodorize it:
- Use Pet-Safe Enzyme Cleaners
Enzyme-based cleaners break down and neutralize odor-causing molecules, eliminating unpleasant smells without harming your pets or the environment. Look for pet-safe options at your local pet store or online.
- Soak With White Vinegar and Water Solution
The vinegar’s acidity will neutralize odors without damaging your grass or posing any risk to your pets. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and generously spray the affected areas on your artificial turf for dogs. Allow the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.
- Sprinkle Baking Soda
Baking soda is another natural and effective odor neutralizer. Sprinkle baking soda onto the affected areas of your artificial grass, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. The baking soda will absorb and neutralize odors. Afterward, rinse the area thoroughly with water to remove the baking soda.
- Spray a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective odor neutralizer and can help remove stains. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with ten parts water in a spray bottle, and apply it to the affected areas. Be sure to rinse the area with water after allowing the solution to sit for a few minutes.
- Apply a Lemon Juice and Water Solution
The citric acid in the lemon juice will help neutralize odors and provide a fresh scent. Mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle, and apply the solution to the affected areas. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
- Use Citric Acid Powder
Citric acid powder, available at grocery stores and online, is a powerful odor neutralizer. Mix a tablespoon of citric acid powder with a gallon of water, and use a spray bottle or garden sprayer to apply the solution to your artificial grass. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing the area with water.
Never Deal With Smelly Turf Again
If you’re excited to enjoy the odor control benefits of artificial grass, contact Field Turf Landscape. Whether you want a simple pet-friendly lawn or a backyard landscape design with artificial grass, you can count on our team to get the job done in no time.
Send us a message online or call us at 866-352-4575 to get started!