Synthetic Turf Maintenance
Synthetic Turf is the ideal option for low maintenance beautiful green lawn all year round. To keep the lawn at its best, it is important to follow these steps to maximize the synthetic turf's life and performance.
A. Keep the surface clean, it is important to clean up organic materials such as food, animal droppings and compost as it is deposited.
B. Give the turf a good brush against the direction of the pile every few weeks with a stiff (not metal) yard broom.
C. Periodic flushing of any built up impurities with a hose on a medium pressure setting, being careful not to shift the turfs infill. This will help any particles trapped in the synthetic turf to wash away through the sub base.
D. Sand infill synthetic turf can be subject to the growth of moss (particularly in shaded areas) and growth of weeds arising from seeds blown onto the synthetic turf surface. Early detection is important. With weeds, removal by hand is usually adequate, taking care not to damage the synthetic turf or its sub-base. However, if the problem is not solved, herbicide may be required under instruction of the provider of the synthetic turf for moss and weeds.
E. The synthetic turf can be washed with water and a mild detergent (small quantity to keep foaming under control) as required to remove any potential accidental spills.
F. Regular inspection of your synthetic turf will ensure any warranty issues can be addressed immediately to prevent the problem escalating. Please contact us, if you are at all concerned about any spills, problems or damage.
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An important tip for maintaining the synthetic turf is to do little often, rather that neglecting maintenance procedures for months and then facing large costs to restore the synthetic turf to its optimum performance capabilities. Failure to maintain the synthetic turf may affect the guarantee.
Stain Removal Procedure
It is essential that fresh spills are acted on promptly as they are easier to remove from the synthetic turf than dried or hardened ones. Remove any solids with a plastic spatula. Blot up excess liquids with plenty of paper towels or a dry absorbent such as kitty litter. Dry absorbents can then either be swept up or vacuumed.
Polyethylene surfaces have good resistance to staining. However, the surface is only one part of a sophisticated system of components designed for overall surface performance. Some cleaners safe to use on Polyethylene could be harmful to other parts of the synthetic turf. This means cleaning fluids should be grouped into two sets – those that can be used liberally on the synthetic turf and those which should be only applied by rubbing with a cloth soaked in the cleaner to minimise possible effect on the under-pad of the synthetic turf.
The following are some cleaners in the first group which can be applied without any special precautions.
1. A warm mild solution of granular household detergent in water OR a neutral low foaming detergent recommended for delicate fabrics. Use with approximately 5 litres of water.
Stains removed with detergent solution:
Coffee & Tea & cocoa
Grape, orange, tomato juice etc
Milk, Ice Cream etc
Tomato sauce, mustard etc
Margarine & Butter
Beer & Wine
Fizzy drinks, eg Coke
*Chewing Gum is a common hazard on synthetic turf but can be removed by using dry cleaning fluid or by freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant can be sourced from carpet cleaning suppliers for this purpose, or dry ice could be used. When using such products care should be taken to ensure that the user instructions are strictly complied with.
To neutralize animal waste, use a mixture of white distilled vinegar with equal amounts of water. Flush thoroughly with water after the application.
Do not use Chlorine based bleaches or caustic detergents on your synthetic turf surface as this will cause discolouration.
If in doubt, please contact Think Turf for clarification.
The handling and use of cleaning chemicals in general, should be undertaken in strict adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If mud and rubbish is allowed to be walked on to the synthetic turf surface, this will quickly affect the synthetic turf's performance. The cost of cleaning the synthetic turf is expensive, therefore, observation and policing of these restrictions is advised. A client that has not put these restrictions into practice, or has failed to police them, must accept liability for any future failings of the synthetic turf surface.