Whether you live in Las Vegas, Phoenix, or Los Angeles, skunks can be hard to avoid. While they’re more common in some places than others, virtually everyone has smelled that unpleasant odor in their life. If your turf gets sprayed by a skunk, it can leave an unpleasant scent that lingers for days or even weeks. It keeps your kids from playing, your pets from roaming, and your whole family from enjoying the sunshine. Next time your artificial grass lawn gets sprayed by a skunk, try some of these remedies to get rid of the odor fast.
Some artificial grass varieties are specially engineered with pets in mind, so if you’ve installed pet turf in your home, you’ll already have a leg up when it comes to ridding your lawn of skunk spray. Pet turf is designed to have ultra-efficient drainage that flushes away urine and its associated odor more quickly than other turf varieties, and it often has additional odor-preventing qualities. Skunk spray will still affect pet turf, so you aren’t completely off the hook, but paired with the remedies listed below, you should have far less of a problem cleaning up your pet turf lawn.
If you don’t have any turf cleaning products on hand, there are a couple of home remedies recommended for lessening skunk odor. The first is tomato juice. Usually recommended for eliminating skunk odors on people and clothing, this tactic also applies to synthetic turf blades. If only a small section of your turf has been affected by the skunk spray, apply tomato juice and let it soak into the turf for 10-20 minutes before rinsing. The acid in the tomato juice should neutralize the chemicals that cause skunk spray to smell so foul.
If that doesn’t work, or if you don’t have tomato juice in your pantry, you can also use the Humane Society’s recommended home remedy. Simply mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and ¼ cup of baking soda. Rub the solution gently on the affected area while wearing gloves, then thoroughly flush the turf with fresh water. Don’t let the solution sit on the turf for too long, as the peroxide could bleach or otherwise damage your artificial grass blades.
Turf Deodorizing Spray
If you want a simple solution with no chemical mixing or grocery store runs required, TurFresh BioS+ is a highly effective turf deodorizer that eliminates odors and deposits a fresh scent. However, unlike other turf deodorizers, TurFresh BioS+ doesn’t just mask the odor; it eliminates foul scents at the source by chemically neutralizing them. Simply spray the solution over the affected area using the convenient BioSiphon sprayer. It’s all-natural and completely safe for kids and pets, and since it’s specially formulated for artificial grass maintenance, you don’t need to worry about potentially damaging your turf blades.
Using a deodorizing infill such as Turfresh TurFill can also help eliminate skunk odors. Our TurFill is specially constructed to fit perfectly between blades to neutralize the odors associated with pet waste by chemically breaking down the odor-causing bacteria. Paired with TurFresh BioS+, you can guarantee your family a safe, clean, and fresh-smelling lawn year-round, no matter what critters find their way onto your turf.
If your artificial grass lawn is suffering from stubborn odors like skunk spray, trust the artificial grass maintenance experts at TurFresh. We have the tools and products to thoroughly refresh your lawn and remove even the toughest animal odors. Our proprietary TurFresh BioS+, TurFill, and cleaning products are some of the most powerful and effective on the market, and we use them in every single one of our turf cleaning services. If your synthetic grass lawn needs odor removal or a general pick-me-up, give TurFresh a call today at (855) 444-8873.