Artificial Grass & Turf Maintenance


Overall Note:

Normally, you’ll have very little maintenance with an artificial lawn and turf.  Once in a while you’ll need to hose it down to remove the Central Oregon dust or you’ll need to use a blower or rake to remove leaves and pine needles.  If you have animals, you’ll want to hose the grass down more often.

Once in a great while, you may have other substances that get on the grass which is why we list some of the following solutions below.

General Maintenance

Keep loose debris such as leaves and similar items off the lawn.  This can be accomplished with a leaf blower, grass rake, or push broom.  Use care that the airflow from the blower, the rake, and the broom bristles, are used above the top of the grass surface.  Do not let the cleaning utensils penetrate deep into the turf pile as this will displace the sand infill.

Rain is your best cleanser as it gently cleanses the grass fibers of dust, pollen, and airborne pollutants.  If the turf becomes dirty or dusty from use or weather between rains, simply rinse the grass down with a hose spray (do not use a concentrated stream of water).  This will rinse the grass blades and the residue will drain down through the drainage holes as the rain would.

You will want to have your turf power broomed annually in accordance with the 20-year warranty.

Animal Waste

Since our artificial grass is made of non-absorbent polyethylene fibers, the concerns for staining and housing of odors and bacteria are very minimal.  Remove and dispose of solid waste the same way you would on regular grass (scoop), and then the area should be rinsed with water.  Areas, where pets urinate, should also be rinsed periodically to ensure that an odor does not build up in the ground underneath the turf.

If an odor does develop in an area of constant urination, neutralize with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar and water, ¼ cup of bleach to 5 gallons of water, or use products found at your pet store.  Let sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with water.

General Stain Removal

TURF-N Central Oregon grass fibers are among the most stain resistant fibers available.  Most stains are moisture borne and our turf is made of non-absorbent fibers.  Hence, most ‘stains’ that get on your turf are residues and are not true ‘stains’.  Most of these residues can be rinsed off, or removed with mild soap and water.  Promptness is the first rule as it is much easier to clean up a fresh spill before it has time to dry and harden. 

Water Borne Residues

Acid, Alcohol, Coffee, Cola, Dye, Fruit Juice, Glue, Ice Cream, Latex Paint, Ketchup, Tea – best removed using a solution of non-abrasive household detergent.  Rinse the area thoroughly with clear water to remove all traces of soap.  A 3% solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn residues or stains.

Persistent or Oil-Based Stains

Crayon, Furniture Stain, Lipstick, Metal Polish, Cooking Oil, Rubber Cleat Marks, Shoe Polish, Suntan Oil, Ballpoint Ink –  sponge with perchloroethylene (a dry cleaning solution).  Blot with absorbent towels.

Oil Paints – blot immediately.  Sponge with turpentine or paint remover sparingly.  Then blot with detergent and water.  Re-sponge with cold water to remove detergent and scrape excess.  Sponge with perchloroethylene.  Repeat steps as necessary.

Nail Polish – sponge with acetone.

Paraffin Wax – scrape excess and sponge with perchloroethylene.

Tar and Asphalt – scrape excess and sponge with perchloroethylene.

Chewing Gum

Spray with Freon and scrape to remove residue.  Freon is available in aerosol packs from carpet cleaning supplies, or use dry ice.

Fungus or Mold Spots

Use a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide in water and sponge on.  Flush thoroughly with water after application.