Whether you own a dog or a cat, they probably use your back garden as a toilet. With this in mind, you might think that artificial grass isn’t suitable for you. However, this isn’t the case! Whilst you can’t stop your furry friend from going to the toilet outside, you can take some simple steps to ensure that your artificial lawn stays fresh and pristine all year round. From household remedies to stronger detergents, we’ve got some simple solutions that will keep your artificial lawn in its best condition, whilst keeping your pet happy too!
An easy way to keep on top of pet odour is to regularly brush your artificial grass to remove any debris or dirt that could accumulate to create smell. If left unattended, small pieces of pet mess may build up and make your lawn look unsightly. Investing in a stiff broom, or even a specialist artificial grass rake can do a great job at removing debris.
One of the simplest ways to clean pet stains from your artificial grass is using running water. If you have a hose handy, apply a small amount of running water to the area and then leave it to dry in the sun. Wet paper towels also work well to remove small patches of urine. Simply spray the area with some water and wipe away afterwards.
One of the best methods to remove pet smells from your artificial grass is probably sitting in your kitchen cupboard! Household baking soda is ideal for illuminating odours and can act as a natural deodorant for your new turf. Sprinkling baking soda on your artificial every few weeks can help remove smells. This works particularly effectively in areas that your dog keeps returning to.
If there is a spot that is often heavily soiled by your pet, you may want to turn to some stronger types of disinfectant. Using a household detergent mixed into hot water works well with a sponge to mop the affected area. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and mix with some disinfectant. You can then hose down the area using water.
If your pet has made a particularly pungent mess, something a little stronger might be necessary. A carpet cleaner can also be used to help remove poop and pee stains from your grass. Much like an indoor carpet, you can use a small amount of this cleaner on your grass and wipe it away with a paper towel. Carpet cleaners can come in a range of pleasant smells, meaning your grass will remain fresh all year round.
With these handy tips, your artificial grass will remain clean and fresh, regardless of your pet’s behaviour. These simple maintenance hacks still take a fraction of the time needed to maintain normal grass, such as mowing, pruning or fertilising.