As the warm weather approaches, odors will become increasingly common in artificial turf. If this is your first summer with this type of lawn, you may find yourself caught unprepared. Since artificial turf has no natural enzymes to keep odor and bacteria at bay, it's more prone to problems. Add the heat from summer and you've got the recipe for some pretty offending odors if you're not attentive to it. Here's a look at what you need to know to deal with artificial turf odors before they become problematic.
Identify Common Odor Sources
The first thing you should do is identify which common odor sources are the ones you're struggling with. For example, if you have pets who relieve themselves on your artificial turf, that's a common source of odor problems. Another common problem is wildlife and pests. Even if it's just dirt and vegetation accumulation, moisture buildup beneath leaves and other waste can cause mold and mildew, which also leads to odor problems.
Choose An Odor Eliminator
There are a few different ways to deal with odors in your artificial turf. Consider what kind of odors you're dealing with and choose the right one for you.
Water Spray - If you're dealing with pet waste, spraying the entire area down with a hose once a day or every other day can make a big difference. Make sure you're attentive to disposing of any solid waste right away as well to further reduce odors.
Baking Soda - No matter what kind of odor source you're dealing with, baking soda can help. It's also a great tool for drying things out if you've got moisture problems leading to mold growth. Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda, then let it sit for half an hour or so before rinsing it all away.
Deodorizers - You can find deodorizing treatments made specifically for artificial turf. Whether you want a spray product or a powder, there are many different options. Sprays are often great for spot treatments while powder is a great choice for treating the whole area. Powders will settle into the crevices of the artificial turf, providing deodorizing benefits long after the surface powder has been blown away.
Zeolite - Zeolite is a great natural deodorizer. It's created from volcanic ash and it absorbs both odors and moisture. Applying a layer of this over your artificial turf will give you long-lasting resistance to odors and bacteria throughout your lawn.
For more help with your artificial turf, contact Bourget Bros. Building Materials.