How Best to Clean Synthetic Grass – Hoovering vs Jet Wash

You want your artificial grass clean and vibrant to maintain its lush appearance and provide a welcoming outdoor space. So you asked your neighbor for some tips to learn how to clean your artificial grass, then he told you to jet wash it. It is easy to use and does not require special skills for basic usage. Seeking advice from your neighbor seemed like a straightforward solution – a simple wash to keep it looking fresh. However, questions start to surface. Can you jet wash it without causing damage? Is vacuuming or hoovering a suitable method? Is a mere wash sufficient, or can you unleash the power of a jet wash without risking harm to your verdant investment? And what about the seemingly unconventional idea of vacuuming or hoovering? In this guide, I will answer your questions and address the common queries surrounding jet washing, hoovering, and more, ensuring your artificial lawn oasis remains a testament to both beauty and longevity. Let’s start with the first questions. Also Read – Drainage Solutions for Artificial Grass: Ensuring proper water drainage in Irish weather conditions

Can You Use a Jet Wash to Clean Artificial Turf?

Yes, you can jet wash your artificial grass with no infill. If the wand is kept at least one foot from the surface and you use a wide-angle tip, you should have no issues. Avoid spraying directly towards the ground by maintaining the angle of the spray. This doubles as a cleaning and fluffing action for your grass. But – this is a big but. Many homeowners use artificial grass with infill. A lawn’s infill is an essential part of its soft, natural feel, protecting your lawn’s backing material, preventing wrinkles, keeping your grass blades standing erect, and providing a bit of cushion when children fall while playing. It also protects your lawn’s backing material. Any activity that performs all of these tasks is obviously vital to the integrity of your lawn and your enjoyment of it, so you wouldn’t want to do anything that could erode that. For this reason, you might want to think twice before power washing artificial grass.

Pros of jet washing fake grass

    • Removes deeply ground-in dirt and debris
    • Lifts matted grass blades so they stand up
    • Cleans away moss, algae, lichens
    • Kills weeds by blasting away roots
    • Refreshes color and appearance
    • Sanitizes by killing bacteria

Cons of jet washing to clean fake grass

    • Can damage the grass fibers if pressure is too high
    • Displaces infill material out of the lawn
    • Uses large volumes of water
    • Noise disturbance to neighbors

Jet Wash Dos and Don’ts

Dos

    • Keep nozzle 6-12 inches from grass
    • Use 40 degree fan tip nozzle
    • Move nozzle in overlapping motions
    • Pressure wash against blade direction
    • Let grass dry fully after washing

Don’ts

    • Use high pressure narrow stream
    • Hold nozzle too close to grass
    • Use dirty water that will stain
    • Wash sections unevenly
    • Wash in hot sun when grass is hot
After jet washing, inspect the infill and rake any displaced particles back between the blades. Allow the grass to dry fully before using, about 6-8 hours in warm weather.

Can You Hoover Synthetic Grass?

Yes if you happen to have synthetic grass with no infill. However, be aware that if you repeatedly add suction to your lawn, it may loosen up. Now, most people use artificial grass with infill so there are things you need to understand. Vacuuming artificial grass has two primary concerns. The first issue is that the vacuum can pull up infill, which is what gives your lawn its soft, cushiony feel like natural grass. As a second concern, a powerful vacuum may loosen synthetic turf, causing shifting or sagging after repeated use, which would require repair if it is used repeatedly. Infill can be separated out using a sifter, then redistributed using a bagless vacuum cleaner. However, it is difficult to determine which areas need infill replenishment, and this requires a lot of work. Since you installed fake grass to save time and energy, it doesn’t sound fun trying to separate infill from leaves.

Pros of hoovering

    • Removes leaves, dust, dirt, pet hair, debris
    • Lifts matted blades so they stand upright
    • Maintains adequate infill levels
    • Gets into crevices and high-traffic areas

Cons of hoovering

    • Manual vacuums require physical labor
    • Cordless models have limited runtime
    • Robot vacuums can get stuck on uneven turf
There are several types of vacuums that work on artificial grass:
    • Push vacuums – Lightweight manual vacuums are easy to maneuver.
    • Stand-on vacuums – Ride-on vacuums cover large areas efficiently.
    • Robot vacuums – Battery-powered units automatically clean the lawn.
    • Wet/dry vacuums – Useful for spills and sucking up excess water.
Choose a vacuum with good suction to lift debris from between the grass blades. Adjust the height so the bristles get under the blade tips. Use hard floor attachments rather than beater bars which can snag the grass fibers.

Vacuuming Tips

    • Vacuum high traffic areas weekly
    • Move systematically in sections across lawn
    • Adjust vacuum height lower than grass blades
    • Use hard floor brush or attachment
    • Avoid beater bars that damage blades
    • Empty debris bag when half full

Other Cleaning Tools and Solutions for Synthetic Grass

In addition to jet washing and vacuuming, the following tools provide extra cleaning power for artificial grass:
    • Stiff brooms – Sweeping lifts flattened blades and removes surface debris. Use a push broom or outdoor broom with natural bristles.
    • Hoses – Rinsing with a garden hose removes light dirt and dust. Don’t use high pressure which can damage grass.
    • Pressure washers – Electric pressure washers under 2000 psi clean deeply without excessive pressure.
    • pH neutral cleaners – Specialty solutions help break down organic debris, moss and algae.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Artificial Turf

For light cleaning, try these homemade solutions:
    • Dish soap and water – The degreasing formula removes food, oil and dirt buildup.
    • Baking soda – Helps neutralize odors and absorbs grease stains.
    • White vinegar – Kills weeds, moss and bacteria for sanitizing.
    • Hydrogen peroxide – Whitens blades and removes organic stains. Works as a disinfectant.
When using any cleaner, avoid harsh chemicals that may discolor or fade the grass blades. Always rinse thoroughly with water after applying solutions. Also Read – Do You Need To Put Drainage Under Artificial Grass

Final Thoughts on Artificial Turf Maintenance

I hope this article gives you everything you need to know about keeping your artificial grass looking fresh and clean. Maintaining synthetic turf properly involves regular sweeping, vacuuming, pressure washing and using the right cleaners. Proper care keeps artificial grass looking vibrant for years of backyard fun. Follow the tips I provided and make your artificial grass installation enhances your outdoor space and provides an inviting area for recreation, pets and entertaining. When using any cleaner, avoid harsh chemicals that may discolor or fade the grass blades. Always rinse thoroughly with water afte