How to Remove Stains From Artificial Grass
One of the many great things about artificial grass is that it’s extremely hardwearing.
For families and pet owners that spend lots of time out in the garden, this is welcome news.
Its low maintenance nature means that you’ll have more time to spend relaxing in the garden, rather than spending time working in it.
Your lawn is meant to be used and we encourage everyone to get out into the garden and enjoy your artificial lawn to its fullest.
Fake grass can stand up to many different scenarios, including family kickarounds, energetic dogs, lazy garden days, and garden parties and BBQs.
Of course, many garden parties and BBQs involve lots of food, fizzy drinks and alcohol.
But what should happen should someone spill ketchup, BBQ sauce or even red wine on to your lush green artificial grass?
Will it damage it permanently? How do you remove stains from artificial grass?
Well, the good news is that artificial turf is stain-resistant, which makes cleaning up spills and other accidents a straightforward task.
In this article, we’re going to explain how to deal with a wide range of spillages in order to prevent any unwanted stains spoiling your immaculate artificial lawn.
We’ll also be answering some of the most common questions we get asked regarding artificial grass and staining.
How to Remove the Majority of Stains From Artificial Grass
Let’s start with the basics. When dealing with any spillage, the best thing you can do is to act quickly.
If you can remove as much of the spillage as possible before it begins to harden, you’ll have a better chance of removing it without any staining, fuss or damage.
The first thing to do is to soak up any liquids with kitchen towel, a clean cloth or a dry absorbent, such as cat litter.
This should remove the worst of the spillage.
If it leaves behind a mark or stain, the next step would be to add a small amount of washing up liquid to a bowl of lukewarm water.
This can be applied with a synthetic bristled brush or a clean cloth/sponge.
Work the cleaning solution in between and around the fibres to remove the stain, and then rinse the area thoroughly with plain water from a garden hose or watering can, washing away the cleaning solution and the stain.
If the spillage has hardened and cannot be removed using a hose or brush, you may need to carefully remove it using either a plastic spatula or plastic knife. For any stubborn stains or small remaining particles, try using a toothbrush to gently brush them away.
Under no circumstances should you use a metal knife or wire brush on your synthetic turf, as these will damage the plastic fibres.
The methods described above can be used on the vast majority of potential spillages, including:
- Ketchup, BBQ sauce and mustard
- Fruit juices
- Fizzy drinks
- Hot chocolate
- Ice cream
- Watercolour paints
These days, there is also quite a wide range of artificial grass cleaning products available to buy and although these aren’t generally necessary, as warm water and washing up liquid will do a very similar job, they can sometimes be useful to have at hand.
Of course, these products have been tested for use on artificial grass, but we still thoroughly recommend testing any off-the-shelf cleaning products on a small inconspicuous area of your lawn before applying to a larger area, just to be on the safe side.
How to Remove Oil-Based Stains From Artificial Grass
The above method will work for the most common stains and spillages an artificial lawn will generally need to face, but what if you’ve spilt something, or dropped something and trodden it in, that’s more than washing up liquid can handle? For example:
- Sun cream
- Nail polish
- Cooking oil
- Asphalt and tar
- Motor oil
Fortunately, these oil-based stains can still be removed from synthetic grass.
As always, act quickly to remove as much of the substance as possible using a clean cloth, kitchen paper or absorbent substance.
To remove the remainder of the spillage and to reduce the chance of any potential long-term staining, we recommend using a small amount of white spirit, applied using a clean cloth.
White spirit should, however, be used sparingly and, once again, we always recommend testing it first on a small inconspicuous area of your fake lawn.
Always remember that white spirit is extremely flammable. Therefore, under no circumstances should you use or permit open flames near to where these chemicals are being used, and ensure the area is well ventilated and you don’t get so close that you inhale fumes.
How to Remove Chewing Gum From Artificial Grass
Chewing gum can sometimes become a sticky mess that’s difficult to remove.
Again, if chewing gum is dropped onto artificial grass the best advice is to act quickly, as then you should be able to remove it using your hands or a plastic knife.
If the chewing gum is proving a little more tricky or if it has dried onto your artificial grass, you can freeze it using an ice cube or dry ice, allowing it to be picked from the lawn, or you can purchase specialist chewing gum removers from carpet cleaning suppliers.
Will Animal Waste Damage My Artificial Lawn?
Artificial grass has many benefits for pet owners.
Dog urine, digging and the continuous traipsing up and down the lawn by your dog can take its toll on a real lawn, causing it to look unsightly.
Many pet owners become tired of endlessly clearing up muddy paw prints and the dirt that gets walked back into the house every time the dog goes outside.
It’s for these reasons that many pet owners up and down the country are turning to artificial grass as the solution to their problems.
But before taking the plunge, the question many pet owners have is, ‘Will urine and dog poop damage the artificial grass?’
The answer to this, quite simply, is no. It will not stain or permanently discolour fake grass, so your dog can continue to use it in exactly the same way it would use a real lawn.
Solids can be picked up in the same way and dog urine can be hosed through the artificial grass without causing any issues.
What Will Permanently Damage Artificial Grass?
Although artificial grass is extremely durable and hardwearing, there are certain things that can cause permanent damage to fake grass.
Anything on this list should be kept well clear of your synthetic lawn.
Battery acid – and any other form of acid, for that matter – will permanently damage artificial grass. But then again, acid is an extremely dangerous chemical and will destroy practically anything.
BBQs, grills, fire pits, bonfires, and any other type of open fire should be kept well clear of artificial grass.
We recommend a minimum distance of 3 metres.
The last thing you would want is for burning embers to land on your fake grass or, worse still, the BBQ to be knocked over, spilling hot coals onto your artificial lawn.
Luckily synthetic turf is designed and manufactured using fire-resistant materials. This means that it will not catch on fire.
Embers and hot substances will, however, melt the plastic fibres, thereby causing permanent damage.
Fire is dangerous and safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when operating a BBQ; you should always ensure that the BBQ is kept on a paved surface, well clear of your artificial lawn.
Similar to BBQs, burning cigarettes can cause plastic fibres to melt; therefore you should never smoke within 3 metres of an artificial lawn.
Cars can cause permanent damage to artificial grass and under no circumstances should you ever attempt to park a vehicle on it.
What Happens if My Artificial Lawn is Permanently Damaged?
If your artificial grass is permanently damaged then fear not, as it can be repaired.
The offending area can be cut from your artificial lawn and replaced with a new piece of turf.
We would highly recommend hiring a professional to carry out this kind of repair work, as it can be a very delicate operation that is best left to an experienced artificial grass installer.
Artificial grass should be considered an investment and therefore cared for in the correct manner.
A good quality fake grass that has been properly installed will last up to 20 years and will no doubt add value to your property.
A lawn should be used for a wide range of garden activities and you should be able to relax and enjoy your time spent in the garden without worrying about damaging your lawn.
Luckily with artificial grass you needn’t worry, as the vast majority of liquids can be easily cleaned from your fake lawn using nothing more than washing up liquid.
Artificial grass is designed to be hardwearing and to stand up to whatever might be thrown at it. But should any accidents or spillages occur you should now be armed with the knowledge of how to remove stains from artificial grass.
For further information on caring for your artificial lawn, please take a look at our ‘Ultimate Artificial Grass Maintenance Guide’, as it’s full of useful tips to keep your lawn in top condition.
Do you have any other questions regarding how to remove stains from artificial grass, or any unusual forms of stain you need help removing? Let us know by leaving us a comment below.