Maintaining Your Shawgrass Turf
Making sure to follow these simple suggestions will greatly extend the performance and life of your product:
- Regularly clean surface (debris and contaminant removal)
- Not suitable for vehicle traffic, no heavy static loads, etc.
- Make sure that even the smallest repairs to your surface are made as soon as possible
Enzyme Cleaners – SCOE 10X. Odormute, Odoban, PET Stain-Off! and others. If you are interested in the application, see the manufacturer’s instructions. These cleaners can be bought from many online sources.
Vinegar – Use 5% white distilled vinegar and irrigate it all over the turf.
Green Cleaners – Shaw R2X, Turf Renu or any type of detergent that is biodegradable, non-foaming, alcohol-free, and products that make very low suds are best.
Degreasers or Mineral Spirits – Products like these can get rid of petroleum stains and paint stains; however, you must rinse the cleaners entirely out of the turf.
Dishwashing Liquid/Household Detergent – mix dishwashing liquid or detergent with water (one teaspoon/gallon) for spot cleaning.
Bleach – Bleach can be used to clear the area of algae and moss. Dilute bleach (one part bleach to 10 parts water solution); however, you have to wash away all of the cleaner out of the turf.
Ammonia – A three percent (3%) solution of ammonia With water may be used in lieu of household detergent for tough residue or stains.
Artificial grass fibers are among the most stain-resistant fibers. Therefore, most stains on our grass are not actually stains, but residues of foreign matter which should be promptly and completely taken out.
Most “stains” that are often having to do with synthetic grass can be called “waterborne” stains. Most spots and stains on artificial turf can be taken out using only water on its own, or soapy water. The first rule is getting to the stain before it sets. It is easy to clean up a recent spill so that it can’t dry.
- Remove any hard or paste-like deposit quickly using a knife with a dull blade, or a spatula tool
- Brush the stain with a firm brush (not a wire brush)
- Use the brush to scrub the space with soap and water
- Rinse the spot meticulously with clear water to wash out all traces of soap
- Regular care is highly recommended, but is going to be different based on the volume of the turf area and type of use.
- You can use your leaf blower to remove pine needles and leaves fallen from trees routinely. These can trap dew and not allow the lawn to fully dry. Blow in a horizontal motion across the turf to prevent disturbing the infill.
- In areas that often have moss/algae growing around, a periodic use of bleach solution is recommended. Dilute bleach (one part bleach to 10 parts water solution).
- In areas that often have infill degradation or heavy traffic areas, more grooming and infill may be needed (professional grooming is recommended).
- The more affected areas may have to have professional power washing.
- Scoop and dispose of waste promptly. Irrigate the area locally but don’t wash solid excrement away. This will only spread the waste across a larger area.
- In drier seasons, it is fine to leave solid waste to harden before pulling it off. During wet weather, take out all waste right away to stop the solids from breaking down.
- You have to assume your pets are urinating in your yard, so make sure to treat the full spot when cleaning and deodorizing. Many cleaning products require one gallon per 500 square feet of synthetic turf to provide the right level of saturation. Use the sprinkler setting on your average hose attachments to disperse water over the site to bring the product down below the turf.
- How much waste and use of the spot indicates how often the area should be groomed. One dog might only demand weekly sanitation while other dogs may require daily sanitation.
- Hose down any watery bits of residue with clean water. The underlayer is porous so water and pet urine will absorb into the ground.
- During winter and rainy seasons, watering is no longer needed. When summer comes around, the lawn should be watered weekly with full power cleaners to treat solutions deep through the turf.
- Underlayers, such as concrete or wood, have to be sanitized as it needs it. Avoid cleaners with alcohol or harsh chemicals as they can damage the turf blades. (Glue down turf should be sanitized and rinsed periodically).
Caution: Common Hazards
Use the right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Excessive heat and open flame exposure will require replacement of the affected area.