Is Artificial Grass Easy to Clean with Dogs?

February 16, 2024 FieldTurf Landscape
Yes, it’s easy to clean artificial grass even when you have dogs in the family. No need to keep them off your synthetic lawn, either...
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Yes, it’s easy to clean artificial grass even when you have dogs in the family. No need to keep them off your synthetic lawn, either – dogs can poop and pee on the surface just as they would on natural grass. 

When it’s time to clean up after they go potty, follow these steps:

Regular Maintenance for Artificial Pet Turf

  • Pick up solid waste immediately: This is crucial for hygiene and odor control. Use a pooper scooper or bag to remove waste and dispose of it properly.
  • Remove debris regularly: Leaves, twigs, and other debris can build up and trap odors. Use a rake or leaf blower to clear them away at least once a week.
  • Brush the turf: Brushing helps fluff up the fibers and remove trapped dirt, hair, and debris. Use a stiff broom or a specialized turf brush every few days.

Deep Cleaning Artificial Grass for Dogs

  • Rinse the turf: A good rinse helps remove any lingering residue and dilute pet urine. Use a garden hose with a moderate spray setting to avoid damaging the infill.
  • Treat pet urine areas: Use an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for artificial grass and pet messes. These cleaners contain live bacteria that break down odor-causing bacteria and eliminate stains. Follow the product instructions for mixing and application.
  • Rinse again: After using the enzymatic cleaner, rinse the area thoroughly to remove any residue.

Additional Tips for Cleaning Synthetic Pet Turf

  • Address spills promptly: Clean up spills immediately to prevent stains and odors. Use a mild soap and water solution for most spills, but test in an inconspicuous area first. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the turf.
  • Deodorize regularly: Even with regular cleaning, you might need additional odor control. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. Sprinkle it on the turf, leave it for 30 minutes, then brush it away.
  • Consider annual/semi-annual professional cleaning: Supplement your regular maintenance routine with professional cleaning once or twice a year. Aside from deodorizing your turf, this specialized service will also help keep your lawn in top shape.  

We can recommend certified FieldTurf Landscape specialists near your area– or use our Dealer Locator to find one near you.

Practical Benefits of Artificial Grass for Dogs

Just in case you’re still on the fence about switching to synthetic pet turf, here’s more of what you can expect:

  • No More Muddy Paws

When rainstorms hit a natural grass lawn, ground moisture turns yards into a muddy mess. Dogs love to dig and roll around, quickly transforming their paws into dirty slip-and-slide pads tracking soil everywhere. The muck sticks deep in pet fur requiring vigorous scrubbing to remove. Pet friendly artificial turf has permeable backing and drain holes allowing precipitation to filter through rather than pooling on the surface. Your pets can play to their heart’s content and their paws will stay clean.

  • Durable Against Roughhousing

Pets love to dig, wrestle, and chase each other across your landscape. Their sharp paws and energetic play take a toll on natural grass, destroying the lawn. Synthetic grass blades are made from durable polyethylene or nylon designed to withstand rough play. Sturdy thatch backing offers integral strength so your lawn maintains its pristine condition for years rather than becoming a barren, muddy eyesore that requires frequent re-seeding.

  • Eco-Friendly Care

Natural grass requires heavy chemical applications of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which run off into waterways harming pets and wildlife. Artificial lawns have no toxins and need no watering, mowing, or spraying – only an occasional rinse to remove debris missed during dry waste removal. You avoid chemicals entering storm drains or contaminating groundwater. It’s the environmentally-conscious, low maintenance choice.

  • Safety First

Natural grass treated with fertilizers and weed killers can be hazardous if ingested, absorbed through paws and skin, or otherwise contacted by pets and children. Artificial turf contains no toxic chemicals and keeps beloved companions safer while they play. Security and cleanliness go hand-in-hand.

  • Easy on Allergies

For dogs and owners with grass allergies, artificial turf provides a hypoallergenic solution. With no pollen or lawn growth to trigger respiratory issues, even allergy-prone pets can roam freely without itchy eyes or incessant sneezing.

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Contact us today at 866-352-4575 or fill out this form to learn more about our pet-friendly artificial grass products here at FieldTurf Landscape.

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