Having artificial grass can cut your overall landscaping maintenance in half. You’ll never have to worry about lawn mowing, fertilizing, weed maintenance, or anything else that comes with a natural grass lawn.
Additionally, artificial grass remains lush and green all year round, and can be perfect for creating an instant lawn in areas where droughts or water restrictions are often a problem for live grasses.
When an artificial lawn or other area with turf becomes dirty, you may wonder what options you have for keeping it clean. Afterall, this was a relatively sizable investment so staying on top of maintenance can not only make your turf look brand new, but can help extend the life of your artificial grass areas too.
Should You Power Wash Artificial Grass?
While you might regularly power wash your deck, patio, and home’s siding, power washing your artificial grass could be a poor choice. This is especially true if you use a very high pressure system, or one that uses hot water.
The problem with power washing artificial grass comes down to the infill system of your turf. The extremely high pressure and dirt-cutting abilities of a power washer can severely damage the coated sand infill and yarn mesh system on your fake grass.
This can lead to bald spots, missing grass, or areas that are damaged so much they will eventually start to fall apart in the week or month following the power washing. In short, power washing your artificial grass can lead to more problems than benefits.
General Maintenance and Cleaning Options
If you want to wash your artificial grass, but don’t want to struggle with damages afterwards, consider using a regular garden sprayer on your water hose. This can still provide plenty of pressure to remove stuck-on dirt and debris, but is not enough pressure to damage the infill.
If you have accidentally used a high pressure power washer on your turf and are now noticing some integrity issues, it’s time to look at the infill. When your turf was installed, coated silica sand was likely used as the infill of choice. If you notice the infill is lacking in areas, you can repack this area yourself with sand. However, always ensure you use the same type of sand that was originally installed with your artificial grass.
If you have dogs, children, or your artificial grass is in very high traffic areas, using a simple garden hose may not give the results you need when it comes to a deep clean. Stains from dog urine can collect in areas, and pressure damage from foot traffic can be drastic. In this case, it might be time to call a professional.
Professional turf installers can educate you on the infill that was used during installation, as well as suggest ways for you to clean your turf without damaging it. Additionally, these professionals may even offer cleaning services themselves which removes all of the hassle of doing it yourself.