Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Artificial Turf

Artificial grass is extremely low-maintenance and easy to care for when it’s cared for correctly. However, like with anything, there are ways of cleaning your turf incorrectly that could be ineffective or even harmful. If you want to make sure that you are extending the life of your turf, getting the most out of your investment, and keeping your lawn as clean and beautiful as possible, there are several basic mistakes to know and avoid when cleaning your artificial grass.

Don’t Use Metal Rakes

One crucial part of artificial turf maintenance is cross-brushing your turf blades regularly and raking away any large debris such as leaves and twigs. When undergoing these maintenance steps, make sure that you aren’t using tools with metallic prongs as these can damage the synthetic grass fibers. Instead, opt for something with soft, synthetic or plastic bristles. These will most effectively fluff up the fibers and maintain the upright position of each blade. At TurFresh, we offer specialized turf grooming tools such as our turf comb and battery-powered turf groomer. By purchasing tools made specifically for the care of artificial grass, you can rest assured that your synthetic turf is entirely safe while using it.

How to Power Wash Artificial Grass.

Power washing is an incredibly effective means of quickly cleaning a variety of outdoor surfaces such as concrete and bricks. While power washing areas of your backyard, you may be tempted to wash your artificial grass as well to ensure a deep clean which is not a bad idea at all. However, you should never power wash your synthetic turf lawn using hot water because it could damage the yarn in your turf system. The safest way to power wash turf without blowing out all the infill is with a surface cleaning pressure washing attachment.  Virtually all residential turf installations will come with infill. If you choose to power wash your artificial grass with your traditional wand,  you could remove some or all of that infill product, compromising the integrity of your artificial grass lawn.  You could just simply refill your infill system with BioFill or another type of coated silica sand.  Do not infill with basic silica sand.  If your lawn looks like it’s in need of a wash, use a garden hose to rinse away any dust or debris. If you still feel like it needs a deeper clean, call the turf cleaning experts at TurFresh. Our comprehensive 10-point cleaning service will ensure that your synthetic grass looks sparkling clean and smells fresher than ever without any damaging side-effects.

Don’t Neglect Caring for Your Turf

On the other end of the spectrum, some homeowners may choose not to perform any care for their artificial grass lawn whatsoever. Synthetic turf is definitely much lower-maintenance than natural grass, but it still needs occasional light cleaning in order to look and perform its best. Choosing to never rinse, brush, or otherwise take care of your turf will likely result in a lawn that looks dull, matted, dirty, and generally neglected. Using TurFresh’s industry-leading artificial grass products, you can spruce up your lawn in no time at all. Get rid of pet odors with our proprietary turf deodorizer or top up infill with our signature BioFill. If you’d rather not do the work yourself, we’ll come out and do it for you! Our turf cleaning service will rejuvenate your lawn from brushing up turf blades to re-tucking seams. If you need someone to bring your artificial grass back to life, call the experts at TurFresh.

As industry leaders with 20 years of experience, we can make your artificial turf lawn look as beautiful and smell as fresh as the day it was installed using our innovative TurFresh cleaning products. We offer customizable service plans that include routine cleanings performed anywhere from monthly to bi-annually, depending on your needs. To find out more about our services and pricing, give us a call at (855) 444-8873.

Routine Turf Maintenance vs Deep Cleaning Services

One of the greatest advantages of artificial turf is that it is much easier to maintain than natural grass. However, like any other part of your Phoenix home or business, turf does need to be cleaned and cared for on occasion if you want to get the most out of it. Whether you’re cleaning your lawn yourself or hiring an artificial grass maintenance service like TurFresh, it’s important to know the different types of cleaning and how regularly they should be performed on your lawn. A residential turf installation will have very different maintenance requirements than a commercial property, and the presence of four-legged friends can also add another factor into the equation. 

One major difference between residential and commercial turf is the frequency with which they must each be cleaned. Commercial areas like athletic fields, golf courses, and dog kennels are going to be most concerned with keeping the surface attractive and even, thereby maintaining a safe environment for clients. For residential installations, the priority is most often cleaning up pet waste and keeping a fresh smell. These two differing priorities mean that the frequency and intensity of turf maintenance are also going to differ for residential and commercial properties.

Turf cleaning will often come in two categories: routine maintenance, which can be done yourself as part of your normal schedule, and deep cleaning that is best left to a professional turf cleaning service. 

Routine Maintenance

Regular cleaning is best done once a month if the lawn is lightly used. If the lawn is heavily used, such as for parties or kids’ playtime, it’s best to lightly clean it once a week. This will involve picking up larger pieces of debris and occasionally cross-brushing. When raking or cross-brushing your lawn, make sure to use the right kind of tool. A rake or brush with metal bristles can damage your turf blades, so it’s recommended that you use a specialized comb with softer, synthetic bristles such as those available on the TurFresh website. After you’ve finished getting rid of debris and re-fluffing your turf blades, you can give the lawn a light rinse with a hose to wash away dust and smaller debris particles. If you have pets using the lawn as a bathroom, make sure to hose down those areas particularly well in order to avoid odors. You can also use a turf deodorizer product such as TurFresh BioS+ if unpleasant smells have already started to form. Our TurFresh BioS+ spray captures the ammonia in pet urine to neutralize odors at the source. It’s also all-natural and non-toxic, so your kids and pets can keep playing outside as soon as you’ve finished cleaning.

Deep Cleaning

It’s recommended by most artificial grass manufacturers that you have your turf lawn deep cleaned periodically. For residential installations, this will likely only be once or twice every year. For commercial facilities like athletic fields and kennels, deep cleaning will be needed every quarter on average. This deep cleaning should be performed by a professional turf cleaning service in Phoenix such as TurFresh. In a deep cleaning, we perform a comprehensive 10-step process that leaves your synthetic turf looking and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed. We begin by using a power brush to rebloom turf blades, de-compact infill, and dig up any lodged debris or pet hair that may be impeding drainage. For schools and athletic fields, we’ll also do a magnetic sweep to remove any dangerous metal contamination such as screws or needles. If any edges or seams have raised over time, we’ll also readjust and tuck these to help restore the turf to its original condition. To finish off the process, we’ll add our odor-neutralizing BioFill product if necessary, and apply our TurFresh bacteria-fighting deodorizer to leave your lawn smelling fresh. TurFresh’s deep cleaning services shouldn’t replace your regular cleaning and maintenance, but you can count on it to rejuvenate and restore your lawn’s appearance after long periods of heavy use. 

As the premier turf cleaning service in Phoenix, TurFresh is the local expert at deep cleaning for synthetic grass. We only use non-toxic and biodegradable turf deodorizer and cleaner products, and our 10-point process enables us to fully restore the appearance of your synthetic turf lawn. If you’d like to learn more about our artificial grass maintenance service or products, give us a call today at (855) 444-8873. You can also browse our online store to purchase the cleaning products and tools you need for a pristine, TurFresh lawn.

What is Turf Deodorizer & How Does it Work?

Synthetic turf can be a great choice for homeowners in Phoenix, where water usage is a concern year-round and the hot summers can easily kill off a natural grass lawn. Like other parts of your home, however, artificial turf needs occasional cleaning and maintenance to keep it in the best condition possible. Pet owners, in particular, will want to use an artificial grass maintenance service, as the ammonia in pet waste can leave behind unpleasant odors in their lawn. Fortunately, TurFresh uses products that excel as turf deodorizers and help make us the premier turf cleaning service in Phoenix.

A turf deodorizer does exactly what its name implies: it removes smells from artificial turf. We produce two different products that get rid of odors in synthetic grass: our BioFill infill product and our BioTurf Bios+ enzyme cleaner. Both products remove smells from your lawn, but they do so via different methods. 

BioFill

Like other types of infill, BioFill sits between the blades of your turf lawn, supporting them and helping them stand upright. Unlike other infill solutions like sand or black crumb rubber, however, BioFill is made from mineral granules called zeolites. Zeolites are created when volcanic rock and ash interact with alkaline groundwater; with enough pressure, a mineral is created consisting of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. Zeolites excel in capturing and neutralizing chemicals, and they are frequently used in water purification, laundry detergent, cat litter, and of course, turf cleaning and maintenance. Our BioFill infill possesses a net negative charge, which lets it capture ammonia molecules and prevent them from creating odors. Ammonia is the compound in pet urine that causes it to smell as it dries, so trapping ammonia at the source in this way prevents pet odors from ever reaching your nose. BioFill’s zeolite particles will hold ammonia molecules until they are washed out by rainwater (or a hose), recharging the zeolite and preparing it to trap ammonia once more. 

BioTurf BioS+

Our BioTurf BioS+ is a liquid cleaner product that we use as part of our artificial grass maintenance service. Using natural enzymes produced by ammonia-eating bacteria, BioTurf BioS+ doesn’t simply mask odors but completely neutralizes it at the molecular level. By mixing our concentrate with water and hosing your lawn with a sprayer, we apply these enzymes to affected areas. Once applied, the enzymes bond with odor-causing molecules, preventing any odor from reaching your nose. Over time, the enzymes will degrade and consume these molecules, leaving your lawn smelling fresh once more. BioTurf BioS+ is a completely non-toxic and biodegradable turf deodorizer, so your children and pets can safely play on your lawn soon after it’s been applied. 

If you have an artificial grass lawn that doesn’t smell as fresh as it once did, you can trust the professionals at TurFresh to take care of it. We’re one of the top turf cleaning service providers in Phoenix, with a range of turf cleaning and maintenance services that can fit any need or budget. We also operate an online store where you can purchase our turf deodorizer products and specialized grooming tools. If you’d like to learn more about our products and services or schedule a cleaning, call us today at (855) 444-8873.

The TurFresh 10-Point Cleaning Process

One of the greatest benefits of artificial grass lawns is that they have much lower maintenance requirements than natural sod grass. However, just like how your car needs to be washed or your carpets vacuumed, synthetic turf will eventually need to be cleaned. Fortunately, TurFresh is a full-spectrum artificial grass cleaning service that’s been serving Los Angeles and the rest of southern California since 1999. At TurFresh, we use a specialized 10-point process for our turf cleaning service to restore the fresh appearance of your artificial grass lawn. 

1. Artificial Turf Reblooming

Our first step is to rebloom the turf with a specialized groomer that lifts the turf blades without damaging them. Turf reblooming is critical for both aesthetic and maintenance reasons. For one thing, artificial grass looks far better when it is standing on end rather than when it is matted down or flattened. In addition, the turf reblooming process helps remove contaminated infill, debris, and other objects that impede drainage. 

2. De-compacting Infill to Improve Drainage

During the process of turf reblooming, the turf’s infill will also be de-compacted and loosened to improve the lawn’s drainage. In extreme cases, we can also apply TurFlush, which uses a pressure washer to break up compacted infill and flush out contaminants without damaging the lawn. 

3. Pet Hair Removal to Improve Drainage

Shed pet hair can be one of the greatest contaminants in synthetic turf, especially for dog kennels or the homes of pet owners. Pet hair is also very difficult to spot in between the blades of synthetic turf, making the issue seem less significant than it actually is. However, by applying more pressure with our turf groomer, we can dig up and displace pet hair so that it can be easily brushed or swept away. This prevents it from impeding drainage or spreading unpleasant odors. 

4. Edges Tucked to Original Condition 

Over time, the edges of an artificial grass lawn can start to lift and displace, letting in sediment and debris under the lawn and posing a potential tripping hazard. During the cleaning process, we’ll tuck any lifted edges back into place, restoring your lawn’s structural integrity.

5. Magnet Sweep to Remove Dangerous Metal

This is a step we typically only need to perform for athletic facilities and school sports fields, but it is available for private homeowners as well if they desire it. We run a large cleaning magnet over the turf to attract and pick up metal objects that can pose a danger to those using the field. We’ll remove all screws, pins, or needles that could be lurking in your artificial grass.

6. Re-attach Raised Seams 

Similar to the edges of the turf, the seams of the lawn can detach and start to lift up from each other. Re-attaching these raised seams is a rather simple repair and one we can perform as part of our standard turf cleaning service.

 

7. Remove Weeds to Enhance Yard’s Appearance

While weeds can’t sprout up from artificial turf itself, they can find a home in any erosion or sediment that builds up along the edges of the lawn. During the cleaning process, we’ll pull up these weeds. However, we don’t apply weed killer in order to avoid putting your pets and children at risk. 

8. Minor Repairs to Keep Turf in Tip-Top Shape

For an additional fee, TurFresh can perform minor repairs to keep your synthetic turf lawn looking great. This can include replacing burn spots, rips, or areas that have seen extensive wear and tear from lawn equipment. 

9. Add BioFill to Keep Your Yard Smelling Fresh 

To replace infill, we add our BioFill product to the lawn and evenly distribute it over the surface of the synthetic turf. BioFill acts as a natural filter for pet urine, neutralizing the ammonia smell and preventing new odors from forming. 

10. Application of TurFresh to Remove Contaminants 

Lastly, we apply our proprietary TurFresh bacteria-fighting cleaner and deodorizer. Not only does this product help your lawn stay smelling fresh, but it will also help keep your family and pets healthy by preventing the spread of germs. 

If you’re looking for a trustworthy artificial grass cleaning service in Los Angeles, look no further than TurFresh. Our turf cleaning service has been leaving customers happy and satisfied for over 20 years, and our 10-point cleaning process ensures a thoroughly rejuvenated lawn after every job. Call us today at (855) 444-8873, and we can tell you more about our cleaning services and products. We can also schedule a cleaning appointment at your earliest convenience.

How Well Does Artificial Turf Drain?

A common concern for lawns in Orange, both artificial and natural, is drainage. Drainage is how quickly a lawn can rid itself of fluids like pet urine or rainfall, which prevents flooding and unpleasant odors from lingering. Drainage is highly important for both aesthetic value as well as health and safety reasons. Fortunately, synthetic turf lawns have a highly efficient drainage capability, with most types of synthetic turf able to drain up to 30 inches per hour per square yard. Routine maintenance performed by an artificial grass cleaning service like TurFresh can help ensure that your synthetic turf lawn drains well all the time. 

A synthetic turf lawn has excellent drainage, but like everything, it needs to be maintained. Over time, the blades of synthetic turf can get flattened and matted by heavy foot traffic or lawn equipment resting on it. Matted artificial turf blades can impede drainage, but this can be resolved by reblooming the turf with the correct tool. A specialized groomer or brush with soft, synthetic bristles can rebloom turf blades without damaging or tearing them, restoring their upright condition. Here at TurFresh, we offer specialized turf combs and groomers as well as turf reblooming services for residential and commercial properties. 

Another common issue impeding drainage is compacted infill in between the turf blades. During the turf reblooming process, applying more pressure with your groomer or brush can help break up any infill that has clumped together and evenly redistribute it. This is useful no matter what type of infill your lawn uses, whether that’s silica sand, rubber granules, or even our BioFill infill and deodorizer. That’s why de-compacting infill is one of the crucial steps that we perform for all clients during our 10-point turf cleaning process. 

Leaves, twigs, pebbles, pet hair, and other forms of debris can all be major offenders when it comes to blocking drainage. Pet hair, in particular, can be troublesome for the homes of dog owners or dog kennels. This is because pet hair is nearly invisible once it has landed between the turf blades, and it can only be easily seen along the edges of the lawn. Once enough shed hair lands on the lawn, it can form a barrier that prevents water from draining, helping create puddles and giving off that unpleasant “wet dog” smell. An artificial grass cleaning service like TurFresh, however, can dig in between the turf blades without damaging them, displacing these hairs as well as other debris so that it can be easily swept away. We can even use our TurFlush system, which uses a pressure washer to flush out contaminants and maintain your lawn’s drainage.

If you need an artificial grass cleaning service in Orange, you can put your trust in TurFresh. We’ve been cleaning artificial grass lawns since 1999, using our own brand of child and pet-friendly turf cleaners and deodorizers. Our turf reblooming and cleaning services can rejuvenate your synthetic turf lawn and maintain its drainage, allowing you and your family or business to enjoy it for years to come. If you’d like to learn more about our turf cleaning services and products or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (855) 444-8873.

4 Easy Ways to Clean Your Artificial Grass

One of the greatest advantages of having an artificial turf lawn in Los Angeles is that it is much easier to maintain than a natural grass lawn. With synthetic turf, you’ll never have to weed, fertilize, or treat it with pesticides, giving you more time to actually enjoy your yard. That said, there are still some basic maintenance requirements you’ll need to fulfill if you want to get the most out of your lawn. As long as you follow these recommendations, however, you’ll be able to enjoy your artificial grass for years to come. Alternatively, you can hire an artificial grass cleaning service like TurFresh to perform this cleaning for you. 

Surprisingly, one of the first maintenance tips for artificial grass involves watering. Synthetic turf obviously doesn’t need water for nourishment, but rinsing off your artificial turf once a week or so is a great way to get rid of dust, dirt, and any pollen collecting on the turf blades. Given that artificial turf is often recommended to help those with grass allergies, it can be especially important to get rid of irritants such as those. 

Another key maintenance point for synthetic turf is raking the lawn. Raking an artificial grass lawn can fulfill two purposes; firstly, it clears away organic debris like leaves and twigs. If this debris is allowed to gather and deteriorate, it can gunk up the infill of the lawn and prevent proper drainage. This makes puddles more likely to form after rainfall and promotes the growth of bacteria. The second major reason to rake the lawn is for turf reblooming. Like natural grass, synthetic turf blades are supposed to stand up on end. Heavy rainfall and foot traffic can sometimes mat the blades down, however, making them look flat and unappealing. By raking and combing the turf, you can return the blades to their upright and natural-looking position. However, make sure you use a broom, rake, or comb with soft, synthetic bristles rather than metal ones, as metal bristles can damage the turf blades.

In the course of using your lawn for events like birthday parties and evening barbeques, there’s a good chance that food or drink may end up spilling onto your lawn. If you do have a spill, make sure that you clean it up as soon as possible. For most types of messes, a mix of mild soap detergent and lukewarm water should be enough to clean away the vast majority of spills. For particularly stubborn stains resulting from things like motor oil, grease, or pen ink, mineral spirits that are gently applied and blotted can often do the trick.

Lastly, artificial turf is a great solution for pet owners, as your dog will never be able to dig up your lawn or track mud inside. It’s also very easy to clean up after they go to the bathroom; simply pick up the waste with a plastic bag or scooper, and wash off the area with a quick rinse. If smells become a consistent issue, you can use TurFresh’s specialized cleaning products to neutralize odor and guarantee long-lasting freshness. Our turf products don’t just mask smells, they chemically neutralize them on a molecular level so you never have to wrinkle your nose after stepping outside again.

If you need a turf cleaning service in Los Angeles, you can trust the professionals at TurFresh. Since 1999, we’ve been the leading artificial grass cleaning service in Southern California, capable of turf reblooming, cleaning, and odor neutralization for synthetic grass lawns of all shapes and sizes. Whether you need your backyard rejuvenated or the stink removed from your commercial landscaping, TurFresh is here to help. Call us today at (855) 444-8873 to learn more about our turf cleaning services or to schedule a consultation.

What is Artificial Turf Reblooming?

At TurFresh, one of the services we’re asked about the most is our artificial grass reblooming. After all, synthetic grass technically doesn’t bloom in the first place, so how can it rebloom? Reblooming is the act of getting your synthetic turf blades to stand back on end after being matted down. While it may not sound like much, it’s actually very important to the health of your artificial grass lawn and is the first step in the 10-point cleaning service we offer to Santa Ana homes and businesses. 

There are several reasons why we perform synthetic turf reblooming as part of our turf cleaning process. The first is for purely aesthetic reasons; artificial grass looks best when it is standing on end. Having your blades stand on end will make it look as natural and lush as possible. Heavy foot traffic and rainfall can cause turf to become matted down and pressed flat, impacting its aesthetic appeal. In this matted state, the artificial turf’s drainage is also impeded, meaning that puddles are more likely to form on the surface of your lawn, creating a slipping hazard after rainfall. 

Synthetic turf reblooming is also useful because it gets rid of debris like leaves, pebbles, pet hair, and more as the turf is lifted. Like matted turf, this debris can affect drainage. That’s why we make reblooming the first step of our 10-point cleaning service, before re-tucking edges of the lawn, adding new infill, or applying our BioTurf cleaning products. 

There are several different tools you can use for artificial grass reblooming. As a professional artificial grass cleaning service, we use a special blooming tool that consists of a large rotating brush with synthetic bristles that catch the turf blades and lift them without damaging them. However, you can do the same with a broom, comb, or rake by dragging the tool over the turf against the grain when sweeping up debris. If you choose to rebloom your turf yourself, make sure that you choose a tool with soft, synthetic bristles. If you’re not sure where to get one, our online store has combs and groomers for sale that can safely handle the synthetic turf reblooming process. 

If you’d like to hire a trusted artificial grass cleaning service, you can put your faith in the professionals at TurFresh. We’ve been cleaning and reblooming synthetic turf lawns since 1999, with a 10-point cleaning process that can rejuvenate the appearance of your Santa Ana home or business’s synthetic turf. We use cleaning products that are 100% kid and pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about the health or safety of your little ones after we’re finished. If you’d like to learn more about TurFresh’s products and services or schedule a cleaning, give us a call at (855) 444-8873 today.

How to Apply BioTurf using the BioSiphon Sprayer

Step 1:  Attach garden hose to BioTurf™’s BioSiphon special sprayer. *Remember to connect the straw to the sprayer!

Step 2:  Turn on the water – then turn the dial so that only water is spraying out of the sprayer.  Water should freely flow out of the end.

Step 3:  After the area has been sprayed down and cooled down, push or turn button on the side of the sprayer and BioTurf™ BioS or BioS+ will start to dispense. You will immediately begin to smell the fragrance.

Step 4:  Thoroughly saturate the soiled areas of the artificial turf with BioFresh. Focus on areas that are used more often by your pet (DO NOT APPLY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT).

BioTurf Concentrate Refill

Step 1: Carefully mix 4 oz of product into your 32 oz bottle and add 28 oz of water

Step 2: Shake thouroughly and apply reusing our BioSiphon Sprayer. Note: Makes one quart (32 oz) of product. Best value for previous customer who purchased 32 oz concentrate with BioSiphon sprayer. Save money on shipping costs.

Other Helpful Hints On How To Clean Artificial Grass:

  •  Typically the BioTurf™ super concentrate is used by owners who have larger dogs and have to frequently stay on top of urine contamination due to heat or other factors. Concentration mixture can be increased or decreased according to needs and level of contamination.
  • If you decide to mix our concentrate product into a gallon without the use of a garden sprayer or our sprayer, please make sure that you immediately use the product, as the enzymes will become unproductive over time, with no shelf life.
  • Use BioTurf later in the day when turf is out of the direct sunlight. This will speed up the process and you will not have to use as much product.
  • For best results, it’s important that the BioTurf™ enzymes are allowed to react to the contaminants.  The best environment for our product is when the artificial or natural grass is cool and out of direct sunlight. If the turf is hot prior to application, make sure you rinse off and cool the turf prior to applying for best results.

DO NOT APPLY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT.   WARNING: HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.1

  1. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting.  Get medical advice. In case of contact with skin or eyes, flush with large amounts of water. If irritation persists, get medical attention.