Things You'll Need
Synthetic turf brush
Pressurized spray bottle with hand wand attachment
Antimicrobial turf cleaner or chlorine bleach
Impervious to drought, harsh weather and heavy foot traffic, artificial turf is a grass alternative in sports arenas, golf courses and lawns all over the world. Some homeowners with pets prefer artificial turf to grass. This synthetic material provides the appearance of a lush, green lawn without having to perform typical lawn maintenance. While artificial turf does not require watering or cutting, it is not entirely maintenance-free. Artificial turf must be cleaned and disinfected regularly to kill microbes that decompose naturally on real grass.
Brush or use a non-metal rake on the artificial turf to remove any visible debris.
Apply a commercial antimicrobial turf cleaner according to manufacturer's directions.
Alternatively, you can apply a bleach solution to kill mold and germs. Mix together a solution of 1 cup of chlorine bleach and a gallon of water.
Pour the solution into the pressurized spray bottle with a hand wand attachment and apply it to the artificial turf in a side-to-side sweeping motion. Rinse well with clear water as any leftover bleach can irritate your skin as well as a pet's paws.
Regularly irrigate your artificial turf with clear water. For pet stains, use an enzymatic cleaner from a pet supply store.
Avoid using foaming or soapy cleaners on artificial turf, as they can leave behind residue that attracts dust and dirt.
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