With warm weather and fun activities in full swing for summer, many homeowners are hosting social gatherings in their backyards. From birthday parties to pool parties and from barbecues to wine nights, summer is the ultimate season for getting together and enjoying the outdoors. However, with higher foot traffic comes an increased risk of wear and tear on your artificial grass landscaping. If you’re hosting summer gatherings at your Phoenix or Las Vegas home, follow these artificial turf maintenance tips to ensure that your yard stays in top shape and lasts for years to come.
Clear Debris & Move Furniture
The best way to keep your artificial grass looking lush and vibrant is to prevent matting. An easy way to achieve this is by removing pieces of debris whenever possible, as well as rearranging lawn furniture. Larger debris such as leaves or branches can be left strewn throughout your yard, especially if you have a lot of surrounding plant life. These items can become matted into your artificial grass if left there over time, so it’s important to pick them up regularly. The weight of patio furniture can also cause matting, so move your furniture around every so often to give your artificial turf a break. If you have a fire pit, move the surrounding chairs a few inches every few weeks, or move your patio table between dinner parties to prevent denting in that area.
Brush Artificial Turf Blades
Another way to counteract permanent matting is by cross-brushing your synthetic turf blades regularly. Kids running, pets enjoying playtime, and guests walking around your lawn during summer gatherings can all contribute to matting and harm your synthetic turf’s overall appearance. After each gathering, brush against the grain of the artificial grass using an artificial turf-appropriate rake to fluff up the fibers and maintain the upright position of each blade. Always use a brush with synthetic bristles, as brushes with metal or wire bristles can damage your synthetic turf fibers. If you want to ensure that your artificial turf isn’t damaged, we recommend a comb made specifically for artificial grass maintenance, such as the TurfComb.
Clean Up Spills
With the fun of summer gatherings comes inevitable spills and messes. From wine stains to spilled food, cleaning up messes as soon as they happen will help extend your synthetic turf’s lifespan and ensure that the stains aren’t permanent. Spot clean any spills by blotting liquids and scooping up solids before rinsing the affected area. Use a mixture of water and household detergent, or for more stubborn stains, a combination of water and 3% ammonia solution. After rinsing thoroughly, apply TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer to eliminate any remaining odors and lock in long-lasting freshness.
Invest in Professional Deep Cleaning
When the summer season is over, you may notice that your synthetic grass still looks worn out despite your best efforts to keep it clean. When at-home solutions aren’t enough, TurFresh offers expert residential artificial grass cleaning services that will revitalize your lawn and bring even the most worn-out synthetic turf back to life. Our TurfClean service consists of a comprehensive 10-point cleaning process that will rebloom artificial turf blades, top-up infill, and eliminate any odors.
Proper artificial grass maintenance will not only keep your landscaping in great condition for your guests to enjoy, but it will also help increase your artificial turf’s lifespan and give you greater return on investment. If your lawn needs a spruce-up this summer, contact TurFresh to inquire about our TurfClean and TurfBloom residential synthetic grass maintenance services. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first appointment, or visit our online store to pick up everything you need for at-home artificial turf cleaning between TurFresh services.