How Do I Remove Chewing Gum From My Fake Lawn?
This is a surprisingly common question, but luckily a situation that can be easily resolved.
You’ll need to be careful, however, that when attempting to remove chewing gum you don’t damage the fibres.
If you were to pull at hardened chewing gum, there is a good chance that you would also pull up a chunk of artificial grass fibres with it, resulting in a bald patch on your lawn.
To prevent this from happening we recommend freezing the chewing gum.
You can purchase chewing gum removers from most carpet cleaning product stores, and these will freeze the gum.
Once frozen, you’ll be able to then scrape it off the grass using a plastic knife or spatula.
How Do I Clean Dog Waste From Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is perfect for dogs and pets
Many people have artificial grass installed as they become tired of their pets turning their lawn into a mud bath.
And it’s understandable that pet owners become frustrated with having to clean muddy paws every time their dog has been out in the garden.
Artificial grass is ideal for pets as they can’t destroy it.
They will love running up and down on an artificial lawn in just the same way they do with a real lawn.
They can also ‘use’ it in exactly the same way, as urine and solids will not harm or discolour artificial grass.
When it comes to cleaning dog waste from your grass, solids can be picked up in the same way as you always have done.
And if your synthetic grass has been installed correctly, urine will drain away through your artificial lawn without leaving an odour.
During summer we recommend that you occasionally hose down your artificial lawn, but you should be doing this anyway, as part of the usual maintenance process that we recommended earlier in this guide.
If your lawn has not been installed on a free-draining sub-base, then you may need to purchase one of the many artificial grass cleaning products available on the market that will remove the smell of urine and sanitise your lawn.
How Do I Remove Dog Hair From Artificial Grass?
As part of the 4-step maintenance procedure we explained earlier in this article, we recommend brushing your artificial lawn.
Regular brushing will ensure that the synthetic fibres remain in an upright position.
Brushing can also be used to remove the build-up of dog hair on your fake lawn.
Unlike the method of ‘cross-brushing’ that we described earlier in this article, where you brush against the pile, to remove dog hair we recommend sweeping with the direction of the pile.
To do this, grab yourself a soft broom.
Start at one end of your lawn and, in one continuous motion, without lifting the broom from the grass, push the broom along the length of your lawn.
This technique will remove dog hair.
Another, perhaps easier, alternative is to use a garden vacuum, but a broom will do the job just as well.
Will Heavy Objects Damage My Grass?
You may want to put items such as a paddling pool, trampoline, 5-a-side football goal or garden furniture on your artificial lawn.
Whether these items will damage your lawn will depend on the quality of the artificial grass.
If you will be regularly placing heavy objects on your artificial lawn, we highly recommend using a grass that has been manufactured using nylon fibres, as these are the hardest wearing.
For a lawn that will have the capability of withstanding heavy objects, this will mean choosing an artificial grass with Instant Recovery technology.
It’s also important to move heavy items around your lawn regularly to avoid damaging the fibres.
If your grass has become flat because of a heavy object, use a stiff broom to stimulate the fibres back into an upright position.
One word of warning regarding garden furniture, though:
Always make sure that there aren’t any sharp edges on the feet of chairs and tables, as this will have the potential to cut through the artificial grass.
Should this happen, it can be repaired with joining tape and joining adhesive, but this can be avoided by checking garden furniture before putting it on your artificial lawn.
Can I Put a Bird Feeder On Artificial Grass?
Although the bird feeder itself will not damage the artificial grass, we recommend avoiding putting bird feeders on your artificial lawn.
Bird feeders will only encourage droppings to land on your artificial lawn, which would require regular maintenance to keep the area clean.
The droppings may also attract rodents, which may dig at the grass around the feeder.
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