Can Dogs Stink Up Your Artificial Turf?

The COVID pandemic has created a surge in dog sales, with adoptions increasing by more than 200% in 2020. However, homeowners from Los Angeles to San Diego are now discovering that with cute pups come their not-so-cute messes and odors. Unfortunately, dog urine smell is an issue across all softscapes and hardscapes, and artificial grass is no different. If you have synthetic turf installed in your Southern California home, you can follow these steps to minimize pet odors and keep your backyard smelling fresh for you and your new furry friend to enjoy.

Ensure adequate drainage

When installing artificial grass, make sure that your landscaping has sufficient drainage. High drainage rates will help more effectively flush away pet urine and, as a result, the associated foul odors. Artificial grass almost always has an exponentially higher drainage rate than natural grass, so opting for pet-friendly turf will make your life a lot easier (and better smelling).

Rinse proactively

To minimize odors and keep them from locking into the blades of your turf, rinse your lawn as often as possible. As soon as possible after your dog goes to the bathroom, quickly rinse the area with your garden hose. This will help wash away any remaining ammonia and prevent it from forming odors. If it isn’t possible to do it as soon as your dog goes to the bathroom, make it part of your schedule to rinse down your lawn regularly, whether that’s once a day or once a week.

Target pet odors

Another way to combat pet odors is by utilizing products that are specially made for this purpose. Our TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer is engineered to eliminate pet odors by breaking down the odor-causing ammonia and proteins in pet urine. Whereas other deodorizers simply mask the smell with fragrance, TurFresh BioS+ eliminates the smell and prevents it from ever reaching the nose. Best of all, it’s all-natural and safe for both kids and pets. It comes with an easy-to-use BioSiphon sprayer for quick, even, and hassle-free application that can be done daily for upkeep or as-needed for odor elimination.

Get a professional deep clean

One of the most effective ways to eliminate pet odor is by leaving it to professionals. A professional artificial turf cleaning service will rejuvenate your lawn and improve it in many ways, including odor elimination. TurFresh’s TurfClean service is a comprehensive 10-point process that includes re-blooming synthetic turf blades, topping up infill, tucking in lifted seams, and, of course, eliminating pet odors. We have scheduled service plans for routine artificial turf maintenance, or you can call us when you need us.

If you’re experiencing pet urine odors, TurFresh is your one-stop shop for odor elimination. We offer professional artificial turf cleaning services as well as market-leading odor elimination products that you can use at home. Give us a call today at (213) 279-6599 to book your first appointment and receive a free estimate, or visit our online store for some DIY synthetic turf cleaning solutions.

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