REMOVE PET ODOR CAUSING BACTERIA AND GET YOUR ARTIFICIAL GRASS INVESTMENT TO LOOK LIKE NEW AND CLEAN!
Step 1: Hair Removal
Turf cleaning and odor elimination can be more difficult without having the professional turf cleaning gear, but you can achieve your objective with some good old fashion elbow grease. The tool? A strong bristle brush or broom or even a dog brush will work to remove hair. The most popular and cost effective tool used for this is called a PeturfGroomer. Its cheap and it does an amazing job removing hair. It may take a while to do if you defered maintenance too long but you will be extremely happy with it. This tool is not widely promoted for this but experts have been using this product in the artificial turf cleaning business for over 20 years. Use the broom in back motion to compile your pets hair into one area and then just pick up or use a vacuum. Be careful not to suck up your infill material. Warning!! Do not wet the artificial grass prior to performing this step. Your pets hair will get stuck into the turf blades and never want to come out. You can also use a blower if the accumulation is not that bad and just blow the turf off of hair contaminants. Professionals use a weed wacker type device with a brush at the end of it. Hiring a professional is always your best option as they are well equipped to restore it to a like new surface. For Service throughout the United States contact www.synproturf.com or Turfresh.com for a local service technician.
Step 2: Sweeping
Sweeping Artificial Grass with the same hard clean bristle brush broom or blower can serve to eliminate larger surface debris such as leaves, seeds, rocks etc. A power hose to skim the top of the turf also works well but mostly just gets debris off the top. Does not offer a deep cleansing. Using water after the initial sweep and plenty of it during this step is never a bad idea since you begin to saturate and cool the turf which is excellent for the sanitizing step. Do not be afraid to drench the area really well. With proper drainage much of your contaminates should drain down but the smell may still remain. Some installations include weedscape underneath the turf, this leaves the Contaminant with a perfect odor incubator since the weed sheet hinders drainage. Continuous saturation or treatments are encouraged with these type of installations. The most common too used professionally is a bristle broom connected to a power tool. Stihl products are the best in the industry for this process.
Step 3: De-Compacting
If your artificial turf if very hard, most likely this is due to compaction. Over time your turf becomes a bed of microscopic dust particles that fill the gaps between your infill granules. Its very hard to see until you finish cleaning the turf and you realize how much luster the product lacked. Since your artificial grass is exposed to the elements every day, its susceptible to many contaminants including dust. Professionals will use a clean cold water pressure washer with a closed sweeper attachment so the infill does not fly everywhere. The jet streams of water hits and bounces against the backing of the turf which naturally loosens, cleans and flushes all the contaminants assuming you have proper drainage. Lack of drainage is an entirely different problem. If you do not wish to go to this much hassle to clean and de-compact your artificial turf, you can hire a professional to perform the service. This cleaning process is not always necessary but its good that you have the knowledge and know that if the turf is hard then you will need to address the situation.
Step 4: Magnet Sweep
Now that your artificial grass is clean, its time to make it safe. Your artificial grass not only is a magnet for any contaminant that mother nature can throw at it. Even though the turf may be clean, it can also hide some very dangerous items that are invisible to the eye even on the cleanest turf systems. Some of these items can be things such as: nails, screws, bolts, hair clips. In order to keep your artificial grass safe, make sure that you sweep it with a large magnet. This will remove these items and keep your child or pet from injury.
Step 5: Re-Infill
This step takes a little bit of work as well. You may want to contact the company that installed the job to ask where you can purchase some clean infill that they used for your installation. You also may want to upgrade to a more recent product called BioFill. It is a clean coated silica sand that is anti-microbial and does not absorb any moisture. It also reduces the amount of pet odor caused by your dog. There are other clean infill products that are similar but we recommend that if you had rubber installed as an infill and you have a chance to change it, replace it with DuraFill or another anti-microbial artificial turf infill product. Once you obtain the artificial grass infill, which usually comes in 40 to 50 lb bags, you will need a spreader to evenly apply the infill back into the turf. If you need to remove the old infill, just use a wet/dry industrial shop vac. Apply evenly as needed. Usually about 2 lbs per sf is enough unless you have some fall height requirements, then you may need more.
Step 6: Blooming
Blooming your clean artificial grass is a step that was taken when your product was first installed. This process of De-Fribulating is a process that was required with older artificial gras installations. The most recent clean turf technology advancements do not use "slit film" so the artificial grass installations do not require the same level of fibrillation to get the blades to stand up but. Blooming clean turf also makes the artificial turf look amazing even though the memory of the blades may or may not be lost. Cleaning the turf gives it a new look and feel but also a fresh clean smell. This is the time to actually apply artificial turf cleaner, deodorizer and odor eliminator called TurFresh BioS+. TurFresh bioS+ deodorzier not only cleans the blades but also uses the latest odor sanitizing technology that uses natural occurring enzymes to eat pet odor causing bacteria. Its kid and pet safe and all green product. You can purchase the product at www.TurFresh.com. or call (855) 444-8873
Step 7: Saturate
This step is a little redundant in the cleaning turf process, since most likely you have been using water to get to this step, however this will ensure that you completely get all the debris that you have been working so hard to remove out of the turf as well as cool the turf for the next application. It takes about 3 gal per sf to completely saturate the area correctly. Concentrate the hose on areas where the dog goes most often.
Step 8: Odor Removal
Now you have reached the most critical step in the entire clean process, which is removing the pet odor from its source. Assuming that you have cleaned the artificial turf of contaminants, there is one contaminant that will not leave unless you clean and treat the turf correctly. This is the urine odor that pets leave behind. Pet Turf Deodorizers using cleaning enzymes are the best in the artificial turf cleaning industry. There is a product called TurFresh which ranks as one of the most popular in the artificial turf cleaning industry. TurFresh BioS+ is a Bio-Enzymatic pet and child friendly odor removal product that will eat away urine, feces and many other hazardous contaminants. (learn More).
Now you are done to enjoy your deodorized, clean and bacteria free artificial grass with your kids and pets.
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