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Stinky Turf Got Your Down? Here Are Some Common Causes of Odorous Artificial Grass and Quick Fixes to a Smelly Problem.

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Nothing’s more embarrassing than smelly artificial grass in your compound. Sometimes, it can even deter you from having guests over! To make matters worse, it causes an unhealthy environment for your children and pets, especially if it is in the playground, sports field, balcony, or swimming pool areas.

As you look for possible solutions for getting rid of the odor, the first step you should make is finding out what causes the odor. In this way, you’ll be able to find the most appropriate solution, and still, prevent such odors in future.

Capitol Turf Pros only installs high-quality polypropylene turf, which is resistant to some of the stink problems listed below. Contact us to replace your existing turf or install a brand new area!

Common Causes of Smelly Turf in the Maryland Area

  • Pet wastes

Artificial grass is great for pets—it makes a great playground for them and is easily cleaned. Unfortunately, synthetic turf does not allow decomposition of pet waste. Most pet owners who installed artificial grass themselves don’t have proper drainage for their artificial turf. As a result, it is a common occurrence to find pet’s urine on the grass, which causes a bad smell over time. The simple solution is to install a proper drainage solution, clean and sanitize your turf periodically, and be sure to clean up after your pet.

  • Too much heat

Common DIY artificial turf is mostly made of rubber. When there’s too much heat from the sun, or any other source, the grass starts smelling like a burning tire. High temperatures can expose home owners and pets to dehydration and heat stroke if they consistently use the turf during hot periods. While this is more of a problem in hotter climates, this can still happen in Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia in the summers. Switch to a higher-quality turf to avoid this.

  • Accumulated dirt

If you have artificial turf in your playground, it is usual that children will be playing on it. They may drop their playing items there. Also, their sweat drops in the turf. Failure to clean the artificial grass regularly is a sure cause of smelly turf.

How do I get rid of the smell in my turf?

  • Surround the artificial turf with treated wood to stop the pets from pulling an edge.
  • Install a sprinkler system to soak the grass and drain away the pet’s waste. Sprinkling will also cool off the temperatures, hence, reducing heat problems.
  • Use cleaning solutions you can find at your local hardware store to clean up the messes.
  • Replace low-quality synthetic grass regularly. Dispose the old turf into a landfill since it cannot be recycled.
  • Be sure to rinse thoroughly after applying cleaning solutions. Dilute your cleaning agent or stick with non-toxic ones if using on playgrounds or areas where pets and children will be.

Install Polypropylene Turf for Easy Maintenance and Fewer Smells

Besides promoting hygiene, a clean turf will also be a low-maintenance solution for your pet.  For homeowners in Maryland, Washington, DC or Northern Virginia, don’t let your turf produce odors when Capitol Turf Pros can help. Contact us today for top-quality synthetic turf services such as installations and cleaning.

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