Synthetic grass is one of the most pet-friendly landscaping materials available, which is why it’s so popular with San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Phoenix homeowners who have dogs running around the property. Although it’s extremely durable, synthetic turf still needs to be maintained properly to remain lush, beautiful and safe for all members of the family to enjoy.
If you have dogs at home stinking up your artificial grass backyard, follow these maintenance tips to keep it looking and smelling fresh year-round.
Pick Up Pet Waste
Just like natural grass, your dogs can (and will) use the bathroom on your synthetic grass. The good news is that it’s much easier to clean and won’t lead to dead, brown patches over time.
Urine flows easily away thanks to the ultra-efficient drainage system, and all it takes is a quick hose-down to flush away odors. Solid waste, however, will need to be scooped up and disposed of just as it would on natural grass. If solid waste is left to linger, it could leave your turf blades matted down from the weight and allow harmful bacteria to form that could stink up your lawn or make other pets sick.
Hose Down Your Synthetic Turf
Whether the waste is liquid or solid, it’s always recommended that you hose down any hot spots daily. After your pup goes to the bathroom, thoroughly rinse the area to flush away any residue and encourage complete drainage.
Blocked or inadequate drainage can encourage bacteria growth, mold buildup and more, especially when it comes to pet waste. It can also cause your synthetic turf to break down faster, shortening the lifespan of your investment and costing you severely in the long run. To preserve your lawn and keep your pets healthy and safe, hose down affected areas of your synthetic turf each time your doggy does their business.
Prevent Pet Odor on Artificial Turf with Infill
If you find that you still have slight odors, even with daily rinsing, you may want to consider replacing your infill with an odor-reducing antimicrobial infill like TurFill. Many types of infill are pet-friendly, but they likely won’t help reduce pet odors as TurFill does.
Our TurFill infill works by exchanging ions with odor-causing elements in pet waste, trapping the odor and preventing it from ever reaching the nose. It also absorbs any extra moisture from pet urine, which helps dry pet messes more quickly and prevents bacteria and mold from forming. Best of all, it’s 100 percent natural and completely safe for kids and pets.
Apply Synthetic Turf Disinfectant
Another effective tool for maintaining your pet-friendly turf and eliminating odors is a synthetic turf disinfectant. TurFresh’s best-selling TurFresh BioS+ is the industry’s premier choice for turf deodorizing and disinfecting, thanks to its unparalleled effectiveness and all-natural ingredients.
TurFresh BioS+ is an enzymatic concentrate that digests uric acid crystals, urea and proteins to effectively eliminate pet odor at the source. You can purchase it for your own as-needed use from our online store or allow our technicians to do the work for you through our comprehensive 10-point turf cleaning process. Even if you don’t have any pets, it’s a great way to battle odor caused by neighborhood dogs relieving themselves on your front lawn.
If you’re a pet owner looking for the easiest and most effective ways to take care of your synthetic grass, look no further than TurFresh. We’re a leading synthetic turf maintenance provider with customizable service options for homes and businesses, as well as a comprehensive selection of proprietary turf cleaning products available on our online store. To find out more or to schedule a cleaning, give us a call at (855) 444-8873 or fill out our online contact form today.