The No-Fuss Guide to Cleaning the Best Synthetic Turf for Dogs

May 23, 2024 FieldTurf Landscape
For the most part, the best synthetic turf for dogs is a “set it and forget it” solution for homeowners. You don’t have to worry...
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For the most part, the best synthetic turf for dogs is a “set it and forget it” solution for homeowners. You don’t have to worry about the usual issues with dogs and natural lawns like dead grass, holes, and worn paths.

However, pet turf still needs a bit of love to stay its best. Let’s break down the simple cleaning and maintenance steps that will keep your artificial turf vibrant for years of pet-friendly enjoyment.

The Benefits of a Regular Cleaning Routine for Pet Turf

Outdoor turf for dogs requires a bit more maintenance than regular installations simply because of the added factor of pet waste.  Here’s why a consistent cleaning routine is so valuable:

  • ● Hygiene: Pet waste, if left unattended, can harbor bacteria and unpleasant odors. A good cleaning routine ensures a clean and safe environment for both your pets and your family.
  • ● Aesthetics: Removing debris, brushing up the grass blades, and rinsing away stains will keep your turf looking bright, inviting, and well-maintained.
  • ● Longevity: Proper maintenance removes dirt and debris that can become trapped within the grass fibers over time, helping to extend the lifespan of your investment.
  • ● Drainage: Cleaning keeps the turf’s drainage system functional, preventing unpleasant puddles.

4 Essential Tools for the Job

You’ll need the following for maintaining artificial turf for pets and synthetic grass in general:

  1. Broom: A stiff-bristled push broom is your best friend for removing leaves, twigs and larger debris. Avoid metal rakes which could damage the grass blades.
  2. Leaf Blower: These are excellent for quick and efficient removal of leaves and light debris.
  3. Garden Hose: A regular garden hose with a spray nozzle will do wonders for rinsing and refreshing.
  4. Artificial Grass Cleaner: Look for enzyme-based cleaners specifically designed for pet spaces. These break down pet urine, eliminate odors, and are safe for your pets.

How to Clean Your Artificial Turf: A Step-by-Step Guide

Keeping your artificial turf clean and fresh is surprisingly easy! Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to get the job done:

  1. Solid Waste Removal: The first step is always prompt removal of solid pet waste. Use disposal bags or a pooper-scooper to clear this away quickly.
  2. First Rinse: Give your turf a thorough rinse with the hose to remove loose debris, dust, and any light urine residue.
  3. Enzyme Cleaner (optional): For heavy-use areas or lingering stains, pre-treat with your enzyme cleaner. Follow the product directions for dilution and dwell time.
  4. Scrub (Optional): If you’re dealing with stains or stubborn residue, gentle scrubbing with a mild detergent solution and a soft-bristled brush can help.
  5. Rinse, Rinse, Rinse: Thoroughly rinse the entire area to remove all cleaners, any remaining debris and create a fresh surface.
  6. Fluff: Once dry, give your turf a quick brush or use a leaf blower to perk those blades back up, restoring a vibrant look.

Maintenance Tips: Beyond Cleaning

Alongside your cleaning routine, these tips will help keep your artificial turf in excellent shape:

  • ● Rake it Up: Regularly brushing the turf against the grain helps the blades stay upright and prevents matting.
  • ● Deodorizers: Products with Zeolite infill are great for absorbing extra odor. You can also try applying a light mist of diluted white vinegar to problem areas.
  • ● Watch Out for Weeds: Stray weeds can penetrate the turf’s backing. Remove these promptly by hand to prevent spread.
  • ● Hose it Down: Even if there’s no pet activity, a light weekly or bi-weekly hose down refreshes your turf, removes pollen, and helps the fibers stay upright.

FAQs About Cleaning Artificial Grass for Dogs

“Can I power-wash my artificial grass?” 

While possible, it’s best to avoid this. High pressure can damage the fibers and dislodge infill.

“What about stains from other sources?”

 Most stains can be treated with a combination of enzyme cleaners, soap and water, and scrubbing. For tougher stains, consult the turf manufacturer’s care recommendations.

“Will my dog always track dirt indoors?” 

This can be minimized by rinsing the turf regularly and providing a designated “potty” area. A paw-cleaning station near the door can also help.

Contact Us Today

Artificial grass gives you the peace of mind that your dog has a safe, low-maintenance play space while keeping your yard looking its best.  By following these simple cleaning and care tips, you’ll enjoy years of worry-free fun with your furry companions.At FieldTurf Landscape, we’re passionate about helping you create the ideal outdoor space for your entire family – pets included! We’d love to support you in creating the ideal yard for your pets. Call us today at 866-352-4575 or send us a message to learn more.

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