Top 5 Artificial Grass Cleaners in the UK
- Why we recommend using artificial grass cleaners
- Ease of use and tips for application
- Pros and cons of each product
Artificial grass needs to be kept clean, and fortunately there are easy ways of doing it. For messes that need a more thorough cleansing, you can make use of different products that can do a good job. Artificial grass cleaners can both clean and deodorise without damaging your fake lawn.
This article will detail the top 5 artificial grass cleaners on the market and how you can make use of them. Some can be applied directly with their own spray mechanism. Others will need a pump sprayer or a watering can. Each product’s usage is set out in their own section.
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Why Use an Artificial Grass Cleaner?
Dog waste and urine are some of the most pungent materials that come in contact with an artificial lawn. If left for a while, the odours emanating from these can seep into the construction of the grass and remain. Even if you clean up messes quickly, bad smells can last. Not only this, but bacteria and viruses can fester in these areas. This is where artificial grass cleaners come in.
While these products do cost something, artificial grass cleaners are relatively inexpensive. They do last though as you have to dilute them so they stretch to a large surface area. Different fragrances are available on the market, which helps keep your garden fresh. Some even come with odour-combatting formulas that remove any unpleasant smells. As a bonus, any bacteria will be destroyed in the process.
Here’s a list of our top 5 artificial grass cleaners in no particular order. They give an overview of the artificial grass cleaner, giving a bit about each product. Finally, each product lists pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you.
Zep Artificial Grass Cleaner
Featuring a meadow fresh scent, this grass cleaner is designed with odours in mind. It targets the source of malodours right to the artificial grass foam underlay. Zep’s artificial grass cleaner contains a formula of enzymes. This makes it suitable and friendly for both pets and children.
The 1 litre bottle can be used with a pump sprayer, which allows you to target specific areas of your lawn. You can also dilute it with water and use the formula with a watering can. For a general clean, it’s recommended to dilute 1 part cleaner with 10 parts water. The mixture should be used generously over the dirty areas. For heavy duty stains and smells, you can use Zep’s grass cleaner neat without dilution.
After applying the artificial grass cleaner, it should be worked into the messy area. A stiff brush is ideal for this. Once brushed, leave the solution for at least 15 minutes. When dry, the area is safe for use, but it’s handy to rinse the region clean afterwards.
Use neat for heavy stains
Made of enzymes
Only comes in a 1 litre bottle
Doesn’t come with its own spray system
PetSol Artificial Grass Cleaner
This cleaner has a freshly cut grass fragrance, which you miss out on with an artificial lawn. PetSol is specially made to clean and deodorise at the same time. It’s good at removing bad smells associated with pet waste. Its special formulation kills microbes, preventing future growth of moss and algae.
For regular soiling, PetSol recommends diluting 1 part solution with 30 parts water. As their grass cleaner comes as 1 litre, it can effectively cover 300m² if all diluted correctly. For best results, you should use a watering can with a rose attachment. This way, you can apply the product liberally.
When the cleaner is applied, you should work it into the grass. A stiff bristle brush is ideal. Once applied, leave it for 10–15 minutes to allow it to penetrate the dirt. Once PetSol’s artificial grass cleaner has done its job, you should rinse the area clean with cold water.
Covers a large area
Can be used on many surfaces
Fragrance not particularly strong
Pro-Kleen Artificial Grass Cleaner and Disinfectant
The Pro-Kleen grass cleaner comes in floral, freshly cut grass and lavender fragrances. It works much in the same way as the others. Their grass cleaner is another pet-friendly solution that cleans and deodorises. The 3 in 1 action cleans, disinfects and deodorises. Unfortunately, the solution is harmful to aquatic life. It shouldn’t be used in gardens with any ponds or bodies of water.
This artificial grass cleaner should be diluted with 1 part solution to 2 parts water. For best results, you should use a pump sprayer, but a watering can will also work. Areas of particular concern can have an undiluted solution applied. Only badly soiled areas need to be scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush to work the cleaner into the stain.
Not harmful to pets or children
Comes in 5 litres
Doesn’t completely remove odours
Harmful to aquatic life
Hepper Advanced Bio-Enzyme Spray
Unlike other artificial grass cleaners, this bottle can be used all over the house. Both indoor and outdoor surfaces can be cleaned with it. The Hepper cleaner comes in its own spray bottle for easy application. It cleans areas and removes bad smells as it dries, using enzymes to break down dirt and smells.
The grass cleaner doesn’t need to be diluted to work. Simply spray the solution on the affected surface until it’s soaked. Just leave it to work anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes. As it dries, the enzymes get to work to break down any staining and dirt.
Used straight from the bottle
Has to be bought from America
Less than 1 litre
Have to wait for surfaces to dry before you can use them
Pro Pooch Artificial Grass Cleaner
Designed with dogs in mind, this concentrated cleaner lifts dirt and helps mask malodours. Dog waste is the biggest concern here. Working against bacteria and viruses, this cleaner is safe for use with pets and children when it’s dry. Pro Pooch offers a lifetime guarantee for their product as well.
This artificial grass cleaner can be diluted to 1 part solution and 10 parts water. It should be applied with a pump sprayer or watering can and spread evenly across the whole area. Once settled, you should leave it to dry for 15 minutes. This way, the underlay for artificial grass can also be cleaned.
When diluted, Pro Pooch can cover up to 100m². This makes it incredibly efficient with many repeat uses for smaller gardens. This artificial grass cleaner comes with a fresh grass fragrance.
Designed for dog owners
Comes with a lifetime warranty
Up to 100m² coverage
Doesn’t completely remove odours
Maintaining Artificial Grass
To keep your it dirt and odour free, it’s important that you keep on top of cleaning your artificial lawn. Artificial grass cleaners are mostly the same, needing to be diluted before use. They’re applied evenly across the whole lawn for the best effect. The only real difference is in how the solution breaks down the dirt and if the fragrance left behind lasts.
Underlay in artificial grass can hold odours as any liquid drains through to the base. The best way to get rid of this is to make use of some of the best artificial grass cleaners. These products are able to penetrate dirt and clean in areas that a pressure washer can’t. They also ensure you have a lawn that is able to stay pristine year-round.