All Germaphobes Want to Know: Is Artificial Turf Antimicrobial?
The ugly truth is that bacteria will find its way into any surface. Whether it’s natural grass or artificial turf, bacteria can grow and multiply to create discoloration, odors, corrosion and other problems.
There are several brands of high-quality artificial turf that have antimicrobial properties but without proper maintenance there is still risk for bacteria and infection.
When shopping for artificial grass, if you want to ensure it is made with antimicrobial material, shop for grass designed for pets. There are many brands, but pet-friendly grass will be made from a polyethylene (nylon) material and is designed for maximum draining capacity. Most of the pet-friendly artificial products incorporate antimicrobial material into the formula to help prevent the growth and spread of bacteria and to help prevent and neutralize odors. Infill should be avoided for uses like this because infill retains moisture.
The brands that are most antimicrobial friendly are: Pet Zen Garden, Golden Moon Pet Grass, SynLawn Pet System, Perfect Turf Pet Grass and Pup Grass. Each of these brands include easy drain construction, safety, easy to clean materials, resiliency and excellent durability.
When it comes to what not to use for pets and germs, always avoid infill. All types of infill will retain moisture and prevent proper drainage which is not only hard to clean but hold bacteria. Another aspect to avoid is pea gravel and decomposed granite as the bottom layer because they are known to harbor insects.
“It’s vital to continue routine maintenance and choose correct product to avoid bacterial growth.”
Regardless of the materials used to make artificial grass, regular maintenance is essential to get rid of bacteria. Steps to regularly clean artificial turf to prevent bacterial growth include:
- Use a non-metal brush to remove debris.
- Apply an antimicrobial cleaner to the artificial grass.
- If you do not feel safe with a cleaner, apply a bleach solution consisting of one cup of bleach and one gallon of water to kill germs.
- Pour your desired solution into a pressurized spray bottle and apply it to your artificial grass. Rinse thoroughly so that no cleaner or bleach is left to irritate skin.
Deep Cleaning Artificial Grass
Bacteria is not only gross, but it poses a big threat to your artificial grass. It’s advised to buy a non-toxic cleaner to sanitize the area for a deep bacterial cleaning. Covering the area with additional antimicrobial coating will help with deep cleaning and make it more effective in getting rid of bacteria. TurfDefender and Green Turf Cleaner are well-known brands with a variety of disinfectant products for artificial grass. To increase the longevity of your grass and to properly care for them and eliminate bacteria products like this should be used. These products are non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, safe, biodegradable and specifically designed for artificial turf.
There are several rumors that say weather will eliminate bacteria and this is completely not true. Whether it is extreme weather conditions of a scorching hot day or monsoon of rain, microorganisms can reproduce and survive. It’s vital to continue routine maintenance and choose correct product to avoid bacterial growth.
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