Keep Turf Clean
Artificial grass is an investment and it does require some care to get the most out of your synthetic turf. The following are some guidelines to help you care for your Tough Turtle Turf synthetic grass. This will help extend your turfs life and keep it looking at it’s best year around.
The cheapest turf cleaner is rain. Nonetheless you might live in a place where it rarely rains or perhaps there is a drought. Quickly hosing your artificial grass will eliminate any pollen or dust that is present.
If there is an area that is soiled, you can mix a household detergent of 5% with some warm water and mop the areas that has been affected then rinse with water. You will see it works wonders.
If an area is more heavily soiled, then proceed to do the step above then mix 3% of ammonia with hot water, then sponge mop the affected area. Once the step is completed, rinse your artificial grass with warm water.
Stains and Blemishes
It is a lot easier to clean a fresh stain then have to remove a stubborn blemish once it hardened, dried and set in. Most of the time if the stain is paste like or solid it can easily be removed with a spatula or table knife, if it contains excess liquids it can be blotted with a cloth, paper towels, or kitty litter. If kitty litter is used, you can vacuum it afterwards.
Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass fibers are stain resistant, but it is important to realize that some of the cleaning products that are safe to clean on top of the fibers, might harm the other parts of the turf. Cleaning solutions are grouped into sets, group one can be used in an unlimited amount onto the surface of the turf, the second should be applied lightly with a piece of cloth that is soaked with the cleaner, this will minimize any saturation that may harm the bottom of the turf.
The following cleaners can be applied without having any special precautions:
- Any “Simple Green” cleaner. Make sure to follow the manufacture’s instructions.
- Mix 3% of ammonia in hot water for more stubborn stains.
- Do not use any caustic cleaner or chlorine bleaches (above 9 ph)or any other high acidic cleansers (below 5ph)
- Hose the area with cold water to remove the ammonia, soap, or detergent.
- Use a cloth to blot up any excessive liquid.
A mild household detergent can be used for finer fabrics. Mix one teaspoon to a pint of water. This will clean the following stains:
- Fruit juices
- Vegetable juices
- Ice Cream
- Water colors
- Latex paint
The second group of cleaners, must be applied sparingly and be cautious to avoid penetration under the turf. Grease spots and mineral spirits removers such as perchlorethylene sold in many stores and supermarkets. These cleaners will handle the following oil-base stains:
- Motor oil and grease
- Floor wax
- Paraffin wax
- Shoe polish
- Ballpoint ink
- Asphalt and tar
- Suntan oil
- Cooking oil
- Chewing gum
- Floor wax
All of Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is pet friendly, you can take these additional steps to keep any waste odors to a minimum. Allow for solid waste to dry then pick up to dispose. If there is not much rain in the area where you live, you can hose down the area to drain the urine and keep the surface clean and unsoiled. If you have more than two pets, using enzyme neutralizers can safely and effectively limit and control pet odors. A homemade mixture with white distilled vinegar, and the same amount of water can be applied after hosing down the turf with clean water.
Chewing Gum and Tree Sap
Dry ice, aerosol pack of refrigerant offered by many carpet cleaning suppliers can remove chewing gum and tree sap. After freezing it, scrape the substance carefully with a kitchen knife.
Mold and Fungus
Hydrogen peroxide in water can be used in the area with a sponge. When done, wash with clean water.
Depending on how much traffic you get on your turf is determined on how much you should regularity brush your artificial grass. Matting can occur when there is high foot traffic, even more likely when the turf contains pollutants, or has been soiled with dirt.
Regular cross brushing of synthetic turf can help recover the look of the turf. “Cross brushing” is when you brush against the nap, grain, or sweep the turf. When the fiber are brushed, the fibers become fluffed. Make sure to always brush with synthetic bristles, never use harsh brushes such as wire bristles, or metal, because it will damage the turf.
It is important to brush the area with the most heavy traffic, as the areas will look different from the spaces that don’t. When you regularly brush you will extend the life of your turf and will require less maintenance.
Examples of High Traffic Area
- Multiple dogs
- Heavy activity such as play
- Commercial applications
- Often traveled paths
Artificial Grass Dont’s
Tough Turtle Turf artificial grass is durable, and tough, however certain per-cautions should be taken into consideration to prevent damage to the turf.
- Leave a vehicle idling on turf.
- Furniture or other sharp edges shouldn’t be placed on the turf because it may tear or puncture the turf.
- Any cigarettes or open flames should be away from the turf
- Turf should not be exposed to reflected sunlight because it may ignite flames on the turf.
- Make sure to remove any sprinkler heads. The sprinklers may leave mineral deposits and will cause the turf discoloration.
When you properly care for your artificial grass you can enhance the aesthetics, usefulness, and aging of your Tough Turtle Turf.
Tough Turtle Turf makes no grantees, representation, or warranties implied, regarding the information above. Artificial grass Care and maintenance is subject to change.
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If you need any further information on how to care or your artificial grass, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. We will gladly help you with any questions or concerns you may have.