SYNLawn Care and Maintenance
Keep it clean
Dust, pollen, and airborne pollutants
Rainfall is the best cleanser. In areas where rainfall is scarce, an occasional water flush is beneficial to cleanse the turf. For care and maintenance of lightly soiled areas, it may be necessary to sponge mop with a five (5) percent solution of low sudsing household detergent in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water.
For heavily soiled areas, repeat procedure for lightly soiled areas follow with sponge mopping using a three (3) percent solution of household ammonia in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water.
Stains and other blemishes
The first rule is promptness. It is always easier to clean up a fresh spill than one that has dried and hardened. Remove any solid or paste-like deposit with a spatula or table knife. Blot up excess liquids with paper towels, a clean cloth, or a dry absorbent, such as kitty litter or fuller’s earth. Dry absorbents can then be swept or vacuumed up afterwards.
Synthetic fibers have good resistance to staining. However, it is important to realize they are only one part of a sophisticated system of various components designed for overall performance. Some cleaning agents safe for the face fibers can be harmful to other components of the turf system. Therefore, cleaning agents are grouped into two sets, one of which can be used in liberal amounts directly on the turf surface, and the second of which should only be applied by rubbing a cloth soaked in the cleaner in order to minimize penetration of possible harmful agents below the turf surface. In the first group of cleaners which generally can be applied without any special precautions are the following:
- “Simple Green”, a bio-friendly cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
A warm, mild solution of granular household detergent or any low sudsing detergent for fine fabrics. Use approximately one teaspoon to one pint of water.
This will handle most waterborne stains including:
- Fruit juices
- Vegetable juices
- Water colors
- Latex paint
- Ice Cream
- A three (3) percent solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn stains.
- Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches or caustic cleaners (ph above 9) or highly acidic cleanses (ph below 5).
- Rinse area thoroughly with clean cold water to remove any traces of soap or ammonia.
- Blot up excessive liquid.
The second group of cleaners, where agent must be applied sparingly and care taken to avoid penetration beneath the turf are the following:
- Mineral spirits or a grease spot remover like perchlorethylene (dry cleaning solution) of the type sold by most variety stores and supermarkets. In general, cleansers in this category should handle most oil-based stains including:
- Asphalt and tar
- Chewing gum
- Cooking oil
- Shoe polish
- Floor wax
- Motor oil & grease
- Paraffin wax
- Ballpoint ink
- Nail polish
- Suntan oil
Caution: mineral spirits and other petroleum based solvents are flammable.
Do not smoke or permit open flames near where these are being used.
Be sure the area is well ventilated where solvent cleaners are used.
Although all SYNLawn products are pet friendly, there is additional maintenance necessary to keep odors to a minimum. Allow waste to dry and then dispose. If rainfall is not frequent in your region, hose down the pet area regularly to promote the drainage of urine and keep the surface clean. Consider use of products such as Simple Green or Nature’s Miracle that are pet safe. Depending on the amount of usage and number of dogs, enzyme neutralizers may also be helpful to control odors. Neutralize with mixture of white distilled vinegar in an equal amount of water. Flush thoroughly with water after application.
Chewing gum or Tree Sap
In addition to dry cleaning fluid, chewing gum and tree sap can be removed by freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant are available from most carpet cleaning suppliers for this purpose, or dry ice can be used. After freezing, scrape with a knife.
Fungus or mold spots
A one (1) percent solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be sponged on to the affected area. Flush thoroughly with clean water after application.
Oil paints and more difficult stains
Please consult your SYNLawn® dealer as these may require a commercial carpet cleaner.
The frequency for suggested brushing is directly related to the amount of foot traffic you have in your turf area. Matting of fibers may occur in areas of high foot traffic, especially if fibers have become soiled with dirt and other airborne pollutants.
Periodic “cross brushing” of the turf can help restore the aesthetic appearance of the turf . “Cross brushing” means all brushing activity takes place against the grain, nap, or sweep of the turf fibers. By brushing against the turf, the fibers are “fluffed up”. A brush with synthetic bristles should be used. Never use a brush with metal or wire bristles as these will change the turf fibers.
Take note to heavier trafficked areas for matting of fibers that might appear different than other areas that do not see heavy traffic. Brushing these areas is highly recommended as it will ensure the full life of your SYNLawn. Brushing cannot hurt the turf, so brush as often as needed, again keeping in mind that the more traffic, the more frequent the brushing.
High traffic areas might include but are not limited to:
- Commercial Applications
- Multiple dogs
- Heavy play activity by children
- Paths in the yard that are traveled often
Do Not Abuse
Although your SYNLawn® brand turf is made of tough, durable fibers, certain precautions should be taken to prevent damage to the turf.
- Lighted cigarettes cannot ignite the turf, but they can damage the turf by fusing the tips of the fibers together. Cigarettes, fireworks, and open flames should be kept away from the turf.
- Furniture and equipment with sharp or jagged edges should not be placed on turf as this may puncture or tear the turf.
- Never leave a parked vehicle idling on the turf.
- Cap off or remove nearby sprinkler heads. Water from sprinkler systems can leave mineral deposits on turf that may cause discoloration.
- Make sure turf is not exposed to reflected sunlight windows as this may fuse the turf fibers together.
Report any issues / problem
Minor problems can become major problems quickly if not corrected. Any problem should be reported promptly to your local SYNLawn® dealer.
The proper care and maintenance program can enhance the aging, usefulness, and aesthetics of your SYNLawn® brand turf. Ask your local SYNLawn® dealer about their low cost maintenance program.
SYNLawn® makes no representation, guarantees or warranties, express or implied, regarding the information contained herein. Care and maintenance instructions subject to change.