Maintenance and Care

Maintenance and Care 2018-01-26T19:40:59+00:00

For many homeowners, Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass installation is a big investment. With the proper maintenance and care the lawn will stay beautiful for years to come. Please look at the following guidelines to help care and protect your Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass. It will help the lifespan and keep it looking great every day.

Pollen, Dust, and Airborne Pollutants

Rain is the best turf cleanser. If rain is a rarity, hosing the lawn with water can easily remove pollen or dust that may be on the turf.

Areas that are lightly soiled. Mix warm water with 5% of mild household detergent. Sponge mop the soiled area and then rinse.

For more heavily solid areas, use the same procedure above, then mix the affected area with a 3% solution of household ammonia in hot water. Then rinse the area with warm water.
maintenance and care of artificial grass

Stains and Blemishes

It is much easier to clean fresh spills than dried up, stubborn stains. Promptness is key to remove stains and blemishes easily. Paste or sold like deposits can be removed with a spatula or a plastic table knife. Excess liquids can be cleaned with a cloth, paper towels, or even a dry absorbent, such as cat litter. Dry absorbents can be vacuumed or swept once done.

Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is created to resist stains. It is crucial to understand that some cleaning agents may be safe for top fibers, the same cleaning agents may damage other components of the turf. Cleaning agents are in groups of two; one can be used in large amounts directly to the artificial grass surface, while the second, should be applied lightly with a cloth soaked in the cleaner. This will minimize any damage that it may cause.

The following can be applied without special precautions:
Any bio-friendly cleaner. Make sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions.
A mixture of 3% solution of ammonia in hot water may be used instead of a household detergent for dried, stubborn stains or blemishes.
Do not use any cleaner that consists of bleach, caustic, or acidic.
Rinse with cold to warm water to remove ammonia or soap.
Blot up any excess liquids.

For waterborne stains use a warm, mild solution of low sudsing detergent for fabrics or household detergents. Use one teaspoon to one pint of water. Will work for the following stains:

  • Milk
  • Vegetable Juices
  • Butter
  • Fruit juices
  • Alcohol
  • Cola
  • Ice Cream
  • Urine
  • Glue
  • Dye
  • Blood
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Tea
  • Latex paint
  • Water Colors
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

It’s important to apply sparingly the following group of cleaners, and avoid any penetration under the turf. Grease spot removal or mineral spirits such as perchlorethylene are typically sold in variety of supermarkets and stores. This cleanser can handle oil-based stains such as:

  • Suntan Oil
  • Asphalt and Tar
  • Shoe Polish
  • Chewing Gum
  • Floor Wax
  • Crayon
  • Motor Oil
  • Grease
  • Cooking Oil
  • Ballpoint Ink
  • Nail Polish
  • Lipstick

Animal Waste

Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is pet friendly, however in addition maintenance and care can help keep pet waste orders to a minimum. Allow solid waste to dry and then dispose. Hose down the affected area often to help the drainage of urine and keep the surface unsoiled and clean. Enzyme neutralizers can productively control and limit odors. A homemade neutralizer of white distilled vinegar with equal amount of warm water can be applied after hosing the area.

Chewing Gum and Tree Sap

Chewing gum and tree sap can be easily be removed by freezing. An aerosol pack of refrigerant are available in many stores, or dry ice can be applied. After freezing, scrape the substance with a knife.

Mold and Fungus

Mix 1% of hydrogen peroxide in warm water. Use soft sponge on the affected areas. Rinse with clean water.

Brushing

Brushing the lawn depends on the foot traffic that the area encounters. Matting may occur, especially if there are other pollutants or dirt.

“Cross brushing” the turf will restore the turf’s aesthetic appearance. “Cross brushing” means brushing against the grain of the turf fibers. Doing so will fluff the grass. Use a brush with synthetic bristles. Never use wire or metal bristles, they will damage the fibers.

It is highly recommended to brush high traffic areas often as it will give the turf a much fuller long lasting life. Keep in mind the more traffic there is, the more frequently your artificial grass should be brushed.

High Traffic Areas Can Include:

  • Multiple Dogs
  • Paths in yard that are often traveled
  • Commercial Turf
  • Heavy activity by children

Do Not Use

Even though Tough Turtle Turf is durable, and tough there should be precautions taken to prevent any damage to the turf. Such as:

Use furniture or equipment with jagged or sharp edges as it might puncture and tear the artificial grass.

Never light cigarettes on or near the turf, it can damage the artificial grass and even cause a fire. Fireworks, cigarettes, and any other open flames should be kept away.

Remove or cap off any sprinklers head. Water from sprinklers can leave mineral deposits that may cause turf discoloration.
Never leave a parked car idling on or near the turf.

Make sure the artificial grass isn’t exposed to reflections caused by windows, this may burn the turf fibers together.

The proper maintenance and care can enhance the lifespan, aesthetics, and aging of the Tough Turtle Turf landscape. Please make sure to report any minor or major problems so they can be fixed promptly.