From its ease of installation to the idea of never having to mow, trim or fertilize your lawn, there are several reasons why you've chosen artificial turf over natural grass. You're enjoying your new artificial lawn and so are your dogs. If you have dogs and the odors they leave behind, you might be wondering how to eliminate their mess from your new artificial turf. Here are a few tips to help you remove dog stains, odors and hair from your artificial lawn:
Removing Pet Stains and Odors
Your dogs will make a mess on the artificial turf, that is, unfortunately, unavoidable. However, with the right steps and products, it is possible to maintain your grass while cleaning up after your dog. Here are a few tips to effectively clean up your dog's feces, urine and other messes from the turf:
- Pick up your dog's feces as quickly as possible. You can use a plastic bag or a scooper to accomplish this. However, if you're using a scooper, make sure it is plastic rather than metal. Metal can damage your turf.
- Hose down the area your dog frequently uses to urinate or defecate several times each week. This will help ensure that the chemicals found in your dog's fecal matter and urine do not damage the turf, or build-up and impact your turf's drainage.
- If you notice a distinct pet odor emanating from any area of your turf, there is a simple and safe way to eliminate it with products found in your home. Begin by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda over the affected area. Work the baking soda into the turf with a broom or plastic sweeper. Once again, avoid metal. Allow the baking soda to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Finish by rinsing off the turf with your hose.
If you are considering artificial turf, such as from Alpine Rock and Block, and have a dog, speak with the installer about having a special deodorizing product added to the turf. This will help provide an extra layer of protection against stains and odors.
What About Pet Hair?
In addition to eliminating urine, feces and odors, there is another step you should take when caring for your artificial turf: getting rid of pet hair. Your dog's hair can make it difficult for moisture to get into the turf fiber, which can impact its appearance and drainage. The best way to remove pet hair is to use a stiff push brush and sweep it into piles. From there, pick up the piles and dispose of them in an outdoor garbage can.
Caring for your artificial turf when you are a proud dog owner won't take much time or effort. With a little extra maintenance, it is possible to keep your pets happy, and your turf looking and smelling amazing.