A Guide to Cleaning Artificial Grass: All You Need to Know

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Do you have artificial grass in your garden and want it to look its best? Artificial grass is an excellent material for garden care and maintenance, but it still needs regular cleaning to keep it looking good. In this guide, we’ll cover the best ways to clean artificial grass, what can ruin artificial grass and the life span of artificial grass and talk about the ways Plant Turf can make your life easier.

What’s the Best Way to Clean Fake Grass?

Cleaning artificial grass can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it’s relatively straightforward. A gentle brush and synthetic turf cleaner are the best way to clean artificial grass. Brushing will help remove any dirt, debris or pet waste that can get trapped between the artificial blades and underneath it.

Can You Vacuum Artificial Grass?

Yes, you can vacuum artificial grass, but it must be with a low-powered handheld or cordless model. Higher-powered vacuums can damage artificial turf by pulling out artificial grass fibres. Always use a light setting on your vacuum cleaner, as you don’t want to dislodge your grass or disturb it in any way.

Can You Pressure Wash Artificial Grass?

Yes, you can pressure wash artificial grass but be careful with the settings and use a low-powered washer. If the artificial grass is laid on top of the soil, it’s best to avoid using any power washer as this could damage the turf.

Using your hose on the grass to rinse the grass before you go in with a brush and turf cleaner is also possible. Ensure the hose is on the rainwater or gentle setting, so it doesn’t disturb the soil around the edges. Using a sweeping motion works well with the hose or the pressure washer.

What Can Ruin Artificial Grass?

A few things can ruin artificial grass, such as excessive sun exposure, improper installation and poor maintenance. Sun exposure can cause artificial grass to fade in colour and become brittle, while improper installation can lead to synthetic blades lifting or becoming loose from their backing. Poor maintenance includes not cleaning artificial grass regularly or using too much power when cleaning it.

How Often Should I Clean My Synthetic Grass?

You should clean your artificial grass at least once a month, but depending on how often you use it, this may need to be more frequent. If you have pets who use the artificial grass space, we recommend cleaning artificial grass more often.

What Sort of Detergent Should I Use on my Artificial Grass?

There are all sorts of specialist cleaning products for artificial grass on the market, but a 50/50 dilution of white vinegar and water works just as well. Avoid harsh chemicals or detergents, which can damage artificial grass fibres and reduce its life span.

What’s the Life Span of Artificial Grass?

The artificial grass industry recommends replacing artificial turf every 10-12 years or sooner if you notice patches of artificial blade loss, fading in colour, increased brittleness, or when you feel it’s starting to look shabby. You can extend your synthetic grass’s life by cleaning it regularly and following basic maintenance guidelines.

How Can I Make My Artificial Grass Look Good Again?

If your artificial grass looks a bit worse for wear, there’s no need to replace it immediately. Give your artificial turf a deep clean with a mild artificial turf cleaner, and use a soft brush to remove dirt and debris. Regular maintenance will help make your artificial grass look new again.

When Should I Replace My Artificial Grass?

If artificial grass shows signs of severe wear and tear, fading in colour or artificial blades starting to come away from the backing, it’s best to replace the artificial turf. Regular replacement ensures your garden looks good and helps maintain lawn safety standards.

How to Clean Your Artificial Grass – A Step-by-Step Guide

  • Rake artificial grass to remove loose debris and dirt, picking up rubbish as you go.
  • Hose down artificial grass using a gentle setting.
  • Mix a 50/50 dilution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle or use a premade cleaning solution.
  • Spray artificial grass with the solution, using sweeping motions to ensure even coverage.
  • Use a soft brush to scrub artificial blades and remove dirt/debris.
  • Leave artificial grass to dry naturally.
  • Call Plant Turf if you need a professional to do it for you.


Artificial grass is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional turf. However, artificial grass needs regular cleaning and maintenance, so it looks its best. You can vacuum artificial grass with a low-powered handheld, or cordless model and pressure wash artificial grass, but be careful with the settings and use a mild artificial turf cleaner for deep cleaning. Signs of severe wear and tear, artificial blade loss, fading in colour or increased brittleness may indicate it’s time to replace artificial grass.

At Plant Turf, we take artificial grass care seriously and offer a range of artificial lawn maintenance services designed explicitly with artificial turf in mind. From deep cleans to complete replacement, our team are here to help make sure your artificial grass garden stays looking fresh and vibrant all year round.

Garden Maintenance In Kent and the Surrounding Areas

We offer a comprehensive garden maintenance service throughout Kent and the surrounding areas. We specialise in artificial grass installation and cleaning, so you can be sure your artificial lawn is kept in good condition. Our experienced team can also help with tree pruning and reshaping, general gardening and the upkeep of your natural lawn – you name it, we can do it.

Get in touch today for more information on artificial grass cleaning and maintenance services. Tailor-made artificial grass garden solutions are just a call away.

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