Power washing is an awfully convenient way to clean many of your landscape features. But not everything is strong enough to handle even gentle pressure washing. Can you power wash artificial grass? If you’re careful, yes, you can power wash artificial grass. In fact, proper power washing can clean and fluff your grass at the same time, making it a great cleaning tool. We’ll explain how to do it safely and without damaging your artificial grass.
The Potential Dangers of Power Washing Artificial Grass
In order to pressure wash your turf correctly, you need to understand what could go wrong. Pressurize streams of water can be very powerful, powerful enough to bend metal. This would be too much pressure for your artificial grass to handle.
If you set your pressure washer too high, you can end up squishing the infill in your artificial grass. This is the soft, bouncy material that helps give the lawn it’s realistic and soft texture. If you destroy the infill, your lawn’s texture will be changed for the worse.
If you use a very high-pressure nozzle you may also bend or break the artificial blades of grass on your lawn. Whether you damage the blades or the infill, you may need to replace the sections you pressure washed. So, you need to be careful when you power wash your lawn.
How to Power Wash Artificial Grass
Here’s how to power wash your artificial turf.
- Choose the Right Solution
You won’t be able to use a very high-intensity nozzle on your pressure washer, so you may need to use
another solution to help remove whatever you’re cleaning. For simple stains and dust, we suggest you use a gentle dish soap. For dog urine and poop, we suggest you use a vinegar mixture of one-part vinegar to three parts water. Vinegar will help deodorize the turf. If you’re trying to clean something more complicated, such as an oil or grease stain, don’t start with the pressure washer. Absorb the spill with kitty litter or another absorbent material first, remove it, and then rinse with the power washer. Otherwise, the power washer could just spread the grease around.
- Choose the Right Tip
Soap the grass with your black nozzle. Then, choose the lowest pressure setting nozzle you have for rinsing. This is the white, 40-degree nozzle. The white nozzle will do the job fine, if slowly. The next nozzle green could damage the infill, so don’t be tempted to try it.
- Spray Carefully
As you spray the soap away, keep the nozzle of the pressure washer at least a foot away from the grass. The closer the nozzle, the stronger the force of the spray. Also, be sure to direct your spray towards a drainage point, so that the soapy water will not be left sitting on your turf. If you notice any damage to the turf, stop immediately and use your regular hose to rinse the lawn instead.
If you run into any problems with your lawn while power washing it, reach out to your manufacturer or installer for some expert guidance.