Pet Turf Maintenance Tips: How To Care for Artificial Turf With Dogs?

Pet Turf Maintenance

Are you tired of your artificial grass lawn being a battleground against pet odors and maintenance headaches? 

Want your fur babies to have a safe and healthy outdoor environment without it entirely ruining your gorgeous synthetic lawn? 

Well, you can have the best of both and it’s less than half the work required on a natural lawn.

At Ideal Turf, we understand these frustrations firsthand. 

That’s why we’ve crafted this comprehensive guide for pet turf maintenance. 

Use these steps to transform your outdoor space into a clean, odor-free haven for both you and your pets. 

Pet Turf Maintenance & Cleaning Requirements

Pet Turf Maintenance & Cleaning Requirements

A common misconception about pet-friendly artificial grass is that it requires zero maintenance. In reality, while synthetic turf is low-maintenance, it still needs regular care to stay in optimal condition. 

Properly maintaining your pet-friendly turf will help maintain the aesthetic appeal of your synthetic grass. More importantly, it helps to prevent the buildup of odors from dog urine and ensures proper and efficient drainage, prolonging your turf’s lifespan.

Remove Solid Waste

Proper removal of solid waste, such as dog poop, is crucial for maintaining a clean and odor-free artificial grass surface. Wait for solid waste to dry before removing it, ensuring it sits on top of the turf fibers just like on natural grass.

Vacuum Up Dog Hair

Accumulated dog hair can impede drainage and contribute to odor buildup on your pet turf. Use a vacuum with caution to avoid removing infill material. Alternatively, a leaf blower and stiff bristle push broom can effectively remove dog hair.

Rinse With Hose

Regularly rinsing your pet turf with a hose or sprinklers helps wash away residual dog urine and solid waste, preventing odor buildup and maintaining freshness.

Remove Stains

Promptly address stains and contaminants on your pet turf to prevent them from attracting pests or causing mold and mildew growth. Common stains like gum or condiments should be treated promptly to preserve the turf’s appearance and hygiene.

Eliminate Odors With Turf Deodorizer

Repeated use of pet turf as a bathroom can lead to odor buildup from dog urine. Products like OxyTurf, TurFresh BioS+, and Uricide are effective solutions to neutralize odors. OxyTurf uses a peroxide-based formula, while TurFresh BioS+ employs enzymes to break down odor-causing bacteria.

Replenish Infill Regularly

Infill material plays a crucial role in artificial turf installations by weighing down fibers, facilitating drainage, and enhancing durability. Regularly replenishing infill material like T°Cool Infill or Envirofill helps maintain these benefits. Antimicrobial infill options are particularly beneficial for pet turf, preventing bacterial growth and ensuring a cleaner surface.

Establish a cleaning and maintenance routine

Establish a Pet Turf Cleaning & Maintenance Routine

Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is essential for preserving the longevity and appearance of your pet-friendly artificial grass. Weekly tasks include removing solid debris, rinsing urine spots, and checking for stains. Monthly and annual maintenance routines further ensure optimal turf performance.

Weekly Pet Turf Maintenance

Weekly artificial turf maintenance is crucial for keeping your turf in top condition:

  • Poo Pick Up: It’s not anyone’s favorite, but its key in maintaining a safe and pristine turf. Promptly remove solid waste using a waste bag or scooper designed for artificial grass to prevent bacterial buildup and odors.
  • Rinse Dog Urine Spots: Rinse areas where pets urinate frequently (they often favor the same areas) with water to dilute and flush away residual odors and chemicals, preventing damage to the turf fibers.
  • Clear Solid Debris: Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris from the turf surface to maintain its appearance and prevent drainage issues.

Monthly Pet Turf Maintenance

Monthly maintenance helps in maintaining the quality and longevity of your artificial grass:

  • Brushing and Fluffing: Use a stiff brush designed for artificial grass to fluff up the fibers and redistribute infill material evenly. This restores the turf’s natural appearance and resilience.
  • Applying Odor Neutralizers: Apply pet-safe odor neutralizers to targeted areas to eliminate odors and discourage pets from re-marking those spots.
  • Inspect for Damage: Check for any signs of damage such as tears, loose seams, or matting. Prompt repair can prevent further damage and prolong the turf’s lifespan.

Annual Pet Turf Maintenance

Annual maintenance ensures thorough upkeep and longevity of your artificial grass:

  • Deep Cleaning: Use a turf-safe cleaner or a mild detergent solution to perform a deep cleaning. This removes embedded dirt, allergens, and bacteria that regular cleaning may miss.
  • Inspect Infill Levels: Check and replenish infill material as needed to maintain proper cushioning and support for the turf fibers, enhancing its durability and performance.
  • Evaluate Drainage Systems: Inspect and clear drainage systems to ensure efficient water runoff and prevent water pooling, which can lead to turf degradation and odors.

Following these detailed cleaning and maintenance routines tailored for artificial grass ensures that your pet-friendly turf remains vibrant, durable, and odor-free, creating a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for both pets and family members.

Professional Pet Turf Cleaning & Odor Removal Services

For comprehensive pet turf cleaning and odor removal, especially in multi-pet households or heavily used areas, consider professional services. A professional turf cleaning will be performed using specialized equipment and expertise. Many turf installers offer maintenance and care services, like our Turf Refresh service.

Wrapping Up Our Guide to Pet Turf Maintenance & Cleaning

Wrapping Up Our Pet Turf Maintenance Guide

Artificial turf offers a durable and pet-friendly alternative to natural grass, provided it receives proper care. 

By following our maintenance guide, you not only protect your investment but also create a safer, cleaner environment for your pets to enjoy. 

Consider Ideal Turf for your artificial grass needs—we offer free design and installation estimates to help you create the perfect pet-friendly outdoor space.



What Should I Put Under My Pet Turf?

Choosing the right sub-base materials like Class II Road Base or Decomposed Granite ensures proper drainage and stability for your pet turf installation. Drainage tiles are ideal for installing turf over impermeable surfaces like rooftops or patios.

Is Artificial Grass Durable Enough for Dogs?

Artificial grass is designed to withstand the wear and tear of pet activity, making it a durable and long-lasting option for pet owners.

Can Dogs Pee & Poop on Artificial Grass?

Yes, pet-friendly artificial grass is specifically designed to handle pet waste, providing a hygienic and easy-to-maintain surface.

Is Artificial Grass Safe for Kids & Pets?

Artificial grass is safe for both kids and pets, offering a non-toxic and allergen-free outdoor surface.

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