artificial grass

How to Clean Artificial Grass

Marshalls plc ammonite logo Darius Negahbani Friday 9th November, 2018

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.


Marshalls’ Always Green Artificial Grass offers a picture-perfect garden all year round – and
it’s pretty easy to install, too. However, to keep it looking fresh you’ll need to give it a onceover
now and then – and know how to get rid of stains and spills when they occur.
Follow our step-by-step guides to find the best way to clean artificial grass:

  • Regular artificial grass cleaning
  • Removing spills and stains
  • Removing snow and ice

Quick guide: Artificial grass cleaning and maintenance

The best way to clean and maintain artificial grass is by following these easy steps:


1. Brush the grass with a broom or a rake
2. Get rid of any surface leaves and debris
3. Remove weeds
4. Infill the turf with silica sand

What tools do I need?

  • Leaf blower
  • Broom or plastic rake

What materials do I need?

  • Silica sand

In detail: regular artificial grass cleaning

While giving your artificial grass a light brush every week will remove any light build-up of
dust and dirt, you’ll need to give it a more thorough clean once a month to keep it looking
green and inviting.


Step 1: Brush the grass

Use a broom or a plastic rake to brush the grass (do not use a metal rake as this can
damage your turf) – 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 to give it a spruced-up
appearance. Start in one corner of your garden and work your way across one side, then
tackle the entire lawn in strips – just as you would if you were mowing it.


Step 2: Get rid of the leaves
Use a leaf blower to get rid of leaves and debris. Blow all debris towards one corner so it’s
easier to collect in one go – you could collect it by hand or use a dustpan and brush. Do this
regularly to help prevent weed growth in the turf.


Step 3: Remove weeds
Moss and weed killing should take place as required. Use a water-based moss and weed
killer agent that has a maximum pH balance of 8. When the weeds and moss have died off,
make sure you remove them along with any loose leaves and debris.


Step 4: Fill in turf with 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 lawn. Take care to ensure there is no excess sand
in certain areas and once done, leave for one to two hours before walking on it.


Quick guide: removing spills and stains from artificial grass

Get rid of spills and stains by following these artificial grass cleaning tips:

  •  Blot spilled liquids with a paper towel
  •  Clean away stains with a detergent-water mix
  •  Use a toothbrush to remove any remaining stains

What tools do I need?

  • Bucket
  • Paper towel
  • Sponge or soft cloth

What materials do I need?

  • Water
  • Detergent


In detail: removing spills and stains from artificial grass

Whether it’s mustard from a barbecue hotdog or a spilled drink, spills and stains will happen,
whatever precautions you take. But you can deal with them effectively by following some
simple steps to overcoming these common challenges:


Spilled your beer or blackcurrant juice? Grab a paper towel and dab it, rather than rub it
into the grass. This should remove all trace of the spill – but if you want to be sure, rinse it
with some water.


Spotted a coffee or ice cream stain that’s been there a while? In a bucket, mix a
teaspoon of detergent with a pint of water. Take the bucket to the stain and use a sponge or
soft cloth to rub it onto the stain until it’s removed. Then, use a water hose to rinse away the
detergent.


Tricky pet stains to remove? Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and mix with a teaspoon of
washing up liquid. Rinse the affected area straight away to clean the stain. Then, hose the
area down using a water hose to remove remaining odours and wash away the detergent.


Got a sticky residue too tough for water? Stubborn stains can be tricky to get rid of. Use
a toothbrush to gently brush away the remaining stains.

Quick guide: removing snow and ice from artificial grass


Get rid of snow and ice on your artificial lawn by:

  • Sweeping away a light dusting of snow
  • Shovelling away heavy snow with a plastic shovel
  • Allowing ice to melt naturally


What tools do I need?

  • Broom or rake
  • Plastic shovel

In detail: removing snow and ice from artificial grass


In the colder months, you may see a slow build-up of frost, ice and snow on your artificial
grass. While Marshalls’ Always Green Artificial Grass is perforated, allowing moisture to
drain through, you might want to remove surface snow and ice if you want to still make use
of your outdoor space – which is much easier with artificial grass as there is no chance of
ruining your lawn with mud as the snow or ice melts.


Removing a light dusting of snow. Sweep away the snow with a brush or broom, pushing
it into one corner where you can collect it with a plastic shovel.


Removing several inches of snow. Remove the top layer of snow carefully with a plastic
shovel. A metal shovel should not be used as it can damage the artificial grass. Make sure
you’re not too heavy-handed with the shovel as you could damage the artificial turf
underneath. Leave behind around one inch of snow that can be swept away with a brush.


Removing ice. Avoid temptation to remove the ice manually, either with a shovel or with
salt. Instead, wait until the ice has melted naturally.


Your lawn is made to be lived on, so it’s inevitable that spills and stains will happen. Deal
with them quickly with these effective artificial grass cleaning methods – and carry out
regular maintenance to keep it looking good for years to come.