Artificial Grass Pressure Washing and Maintaining

Artificial Grass Pressure Washing and Maintaining

Artificial Grass After photo

Artificial grass stays lush and green all year round. One of its biggest benefits is the time you save on garden maintenance. It doesn’t need trimming, mowing, watering or fertilisers, so you can spend more time enjoying your garden.

One of the main reasons people change from real grass to artificial grass is because it’s perceived as the maintenance-free solution. Artificial grass stays lush and green all year round. But while it is low maintenance, your turf still needs some TLC. Leaves, dirt, debris, mould, animal dropping, all need to be removed from artificial grass.

To view more before and after photos of our client’s sporting surfaces, check out our Sports Surfaces page.

It’s not so bad when mother nature lends a hand by rinsing the artificial turf. But during the drier months, especially on the Gold Coast, you’ll need to get busy, particularly if you have pets. Dogs and cats will treat the artificial turf just like real grass and it will soon start to smell if you don’t take some action as it can quickly start to smell and accumulate organic matter which harbours mould spores. This can lead to a quicker deterioration of your artificial grass.

Can You Pressure Wash Artificial Grass?

This is a question we get asked regularly, however the answer is not straight forward. It depends on how your artificial grass is seated. If it has been bedded on sand you might want to pass on high pressure washing and give a softwash. Sand gets easily dislodged, causing lumps and bumps in your lawn.

If artificial grass is bedded using a crusher dust like granite chipping base is much more able to withstand water pressure, making it the ideal sub-base for artificial grass. As long as you use the correct methods and equipment, pressure washing artificial grass is the quickest and easiest way to keep it looking and smelling fresh and clean.

So the short answer to this question is, depending on how the artificial grass has been installed. If it’s bedded on sand, don’t use a pressure washer.

If it’s bedded on a firm base such as crushed granite, concrete, bitumen than you’re in business, but extreme care is needed so as not to do irreparable or costly damage.

Why Astute is the Right Choice for Your Artificial Grass

At Astute Asset Management, we have highly trained technicians with both softwashing and pressure cleaning capabilities.

It is a mixed combination between the two, along with our methodology and years of experience in cleaning artificial grass that ensures each job is completed to the highest of quality.

Remove waste

We take the time to ensure that all waste from the surface of the grass, first using a plastic rake and broom, than a power blower and vacuum to ensure all loose debris such as leaves, dog and cat faeces, dirt and other organic matter, is completely removed

Spray the lawn with pressure cleaner (not above 2000psi)

Using the right nozzle, we spray the whole lawn to make sure it’s thoroughly wet, ensuring to keep the wand at least 30cm from the surface and spray at an angle, ensuring to avoid directly spraying at the ground.

Identify Stains

With 20 years experience in the pressure cleaning industry, we have learned that a large part is knowing what type of stain/s you are removing and what type of products to use and how best to apply them. At Astute we have put countless hours into sourcing the best sustainable products for even the toughest of stains.

Using the best product

At Astute we understand the importance of using the best product for your job. Countless hours have been spent sourcing, testing and trialing a range of different products over numerous different surfaces. This ensures that we are always prepared for any job that comes our way. Artificial grass needs a little bit of extra love and we have the product knowledge to successfully tackle your job.

Rinse the cleaning agent away

Using the pressure cleaner, we take the time to thoroughly rinse all of the product off your artificial turf. This helps fluff up the grass, giving it a fresh, new look.

Maintaining Your Artificial Grass

The best way to maintain artificial grass after it has been cleaned by Astute is to following these easy steps:

Artificial Grass before and after

Brush the artificial grass with a broom or a rake

Using a broom or a plastic rake (a metal rake as this can damage your turf), brush the grass– so you maintain the springy, fresh grass effect. If something heavy has left marks in the grass, you may have to brush against the grain. Start in one corner of your surface and work your way across one side, then tackle the entire lawn in strips – just as you would if you were mowing it.

We refer to it as you wing span, keeping it not too short and not over reaching, creating sore joints.

Get rid of any surface leaves and debris

Use a leaf blower to get rid of leaves and debris. Blow all debris towards one corner of the surface so it’s easier to collect in one go. Do this regularly to help prevent weed growth in the turf.

Remove weeds

Removal of moss and weed should take place as required. Use a water-based moss and weed killer agent that has a maximum pH balance of eight. When the weeds and moss have died off, remove them along with any loose leaves and debris.

Infill the artificial grass with silica sand

Scatter silica sand across your turf. Then take your broom and brush the sand in, evenly distributing it over the entire area of your artificial grass. Take care to ensure there is no excess sand in any areas and once done, leave for one to two hours before walking on it.

Your lawn is made to be lived on & enjoyed, so it’s inevitable that spills and stains will happen. Deal with them quickly and carry out regular maintenance and your artificial grass will be fresh looking for years to come.

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