Maintenance of Artificial Turf
OUR MISSION: At Platinum Turf Group, our mission is simple: First, listen to the client and then do everything in our power to exceed their expectations.
Platinum Turf Group realizes that synthetic grass represents a significant investment to all our current and potential clients’. By following these care and maintenance guidelines, you can help protect your investment and extend the useful life of your artificial turf.
The following procedures are key in helping to preserve your turf:
- Keep it clean
- Brush periodically
- Vacuum periodically (if applicable)
- Do not abuse
- Report any problems
Keep it clean
Dust, pollen, and airborne pollutants: Rainfall is the best cleanser. In areas where rainfall is scarce, an occasional water flush is beneficial to cleanse the turf. For lightly soiled areas, it may be necessary to sponge mop with a five (5) percent solution of low sudsing household detergent in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water. For heavily soiled areas, repeat procedure for lightly soiled areas follow with a sponge mopping using a three (3) percent solution of household ammonia in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water
Stains and other blemishes: The first rule is promptness. It is always easier to clean up a fresh spill than one that has dried and hardened. Remove any solid or paste-like deposit with a spatula or table knife. Blot up excess liquids with paper towels, a clean cloth, or a dry absorbent, such as kitty litter or fuller’s earth. Dry absorbents can then be swept or vacuumed up afterwards. Synthetic fibers have good resistance to staining. However, it is important to realize they are only one part of a sophisticated system of various components designed for overall performance. Some cleaning agents safe for the face fibers can be harmful to other components of the turf system. Therefore, cleaning agents are grouped into two sets, one of which can be used in liberal amounts directly on the turf surface, and the second of which should only be applied by rubbing a cloth soaked in the cleaner in order to minimize penetration of possible harmful agents below the turf surface. In the first group of cleaners which generally can be applied without any special precautions are the following:
- A warm, mild solution of granular household detergent or any low sudsing detergent for fine fabrics. Use approximately one (1) teaspoon to one (1) pint of water. This will handle most waterborne stains including: Coffee, Ketchup, Tea, Butter, Fruit Juices, Alcohol, Vegetable Juices, Cola, Milk, Water Colors, Cocoa, Latex Paint, Ice Cream, Blood, Mustard, Urine, Glue, and Dye.
- A three (3) percent solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn stains.
- Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches or caustic cleaners (ph above 9) or highly acidic cleaners (ph below 5).
- Rinse area thoroughly with clean cold water to remove any traces of soap or ammonia.
- Blot up excessive liquid.
The second group of cleaners, where agent must be applied sparingly and care taken to avoid penetration beneath the turf are the following:
Mineral spirits or grease spot remover like perchlorethylene (dry cleaning solution) of the type sold by most variety stores and supermarkets. In general, cleansers in this category should handle most oil-based stains including: Asphalt and Tar, Chewing Gum, Cooking Oil, Shoe Polish, Floor Wax, Lipstick, Motor Oil & Grease, Paraffin Wax, Ballpoint Ink, Nail Polish, Suntan Oil and Crayons. Caution: Mineral spirits and other petroleum-based solvents are flammable. Do not smoke or permit open flames near where these are being used. Be sure the area is well ventilated where solvent cleaners are used.
Chewing gum: In addition to dry cleaning fluid, chewing gum can be removed by freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant are available from most carpet cleaning suppliers for this purpose, or dry ice can be used. After freezing, scrape with a knife
Fungus or mold spots: You should not have Fungus or Mold from an install from us because we use ZeoFill in all of our installs. But if you are reading this because you didnt get ZeoFill, here you go: A one (1) percent solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be sponged on to the affected area. Flush thoroughly with clean water after application. Oil paints and more difficult stains
Matting of fibers may occur in areas of high foot traffic, especially if fibers have become soiled with dirt and other airborne pollutants.
Periodic “cross brushing” of the turf can help restore the aesthetic appearance of the turf. “Cross brushing” means all brushing activity takes place against the grain, nap, or sweep of the turf fibers. By brushing against the turf, the fibers are “fluffed up”. A brush with synthetic bristles should be used. Never use a brush with metal or wire bristles as these will change the turf fibers.
If you have a low-pile, non-infilled indoor synthetic turf system installation, periodic vacuuming is recommended. Past studies have shown that 85% of the soil tracked into a building is dry and the other 15% is oily. Vacuums are designed to remove dry soil. The more traffic that your turf receives allows soil particles to work their way down into the turf pile, where they are more difficult to remove. Frequent vacuuming, removes these soil particles from the surface before this happens.
For turf systems that are glued directly to floor without cushioning, a vacuum with a rotation cylindrical brush, rather than a beater bar, should be used to agitate the pile and loosen the soil. Beater bars can damage the pile of direct glued turf, if the machine height adjustment is set too low as well as damage the vacuum itself.
Do not abuse
Although your artificial turf is made of tough, durable fibers, certain precautions should be taken to prevent damage to the synthetic grass.
- Lighted cigarettes cannot ignite the turf, but they can damage the turf by fusing the tips of the fibers together. Cigarettes, fireworks, outdoor grills, and open flames should be kept away from the turf.
- Furniture and equipment with sharp or jagged edges should not be placed on turf as this may puncture or tear the turf.
- Never leave a parked vehicle idling on the turf.
- When Driving on turf make sure to turn the wheel while moving not idling.
- Cap off or remove nearby sprinkler heads. Water from sprinkler systems can leave mineral deposits on turf that may cause discoloration.
- Make sure turf is not exposed to reflected sunlight from windows as this may fuse the turf fibers together.