Artificial turf does not need to be watered to look nice, although it is worth the effort to give it a thorough rinsing once or twice a month. Drought restrictions in California prevent homeowners from watering their natural grass lawns on a regular basis. Because artificial turf is made of synthetic materials, it does not need to be watered at all, except when the homeowner decides to occasionally rinse it off.
Giving artificial turf an occasional rinse helps to keep odors from becoming a problem, especially if pets tend to do their business close to the home. Most brands of artificial turf have anti-bacterial properties. This doesn't prevent odors from forming, however. Picking up solid animal waste and gently rinsing the areas where animals tend to urinate works wonders at knocking down offensive odors. It also helps to dilute any mineral salts contained in the urine and prevents discoloration of the grass. Rinsing problem areas once or twice a week is often more than enough to maintain control of any odor problem. It might be a good idea to go over the entire lawn at least once a month, if possible, to catch any other areas the pet may use on an infrequent basis.
Removes Dust and Debris
Rinsing artificial turf also helps to keep dust and airborne debris to a minimum. In dry climates, dust can be blown around from any direction. A good rinsing will force the dust down into the fibers, preventing it from creating dust clouds that can add a layer of dirt to almost any surface. Pick up any loose debris that you find laying on the ground so that it will not damage the mesh fabric that forms the base of the turf. It is also a good idea to rinse the grass after raking leaves or fluffing the blades. This keeps them looking clean and will soak into the filler to help hold the blades of grass in their upright position.
Rinse Away Spills
Just like any other area of your home, if you spill something, you need to clean it up. Artificial turf may become stained or discolored if harsh chemicals are spilled on it. Read the label of the spilled product and find out any recommendations on how to clean it up. If it can be rinsed away with water, make sure to use enough to saturate the area and dilute the chemical. You may want to return and rinse it again a few hours later to make sure you got as much of the substance as possible. Not only does this prevent stains and discoloration, it also protects children and pets from being exposed to the chemical. If you are unsure of whether or not you removed all of the substance, make sure to keep both people and pets off of the area until you have a chance to rinse it at least one more time. When it comes to your children or your family pet, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Keeps the Lawn Looking Fresh
If looks are what you are worried about, artificial turf does not need water to thrive, but it does give it a fresh look if you rinse it every few weeks. Depending on the type of filler used to stabilize the blades, adding water can actually improve how well the blades remain in position. Talk to the manufacturer or the artificial turf company that installed your lawn and find out how often they recommend watering or rinsing it. This will give you a good guideline to follow so that you are performing sufficient maintenance without wasting an excessive amount of water in process.