How to disinfect artificial grass? The steps you must take

disinfect artificial grass

If you want to install artificial grass in your garden, it is surely because you know the advantages it offers you, such as less maintenance. But whether it's because you have pets, or small children, or simply because you live in an area with a lot of pollution, once in a while disinfecting artificial grass is not a bad idea. Quite the opposite.

But how is it done? Can it be cleaned with bleach, with ammonia? Only with soap? Is that used to disinfect or is there a specific product? All of this is what we want to talk about next.

When should artificial grass be disinfected?

chicks on grass

We cannot tell you that artificial grass has to be disinfected often, because in reality it is not like that. It is true that requires less maintenance than natural, but over time you will need to take care of it so that it is maintained and is like the first day. And that implies that it must be cleaned and disinfected.

Normally, disinfection is carried out after the winter months. In that time, the rains, the animals that may have passed, etc. they make the grass floor dirty. And when we start to go out into the garden more, it can become a source of infection for people.

Therefore, it is recommended that at least once a year, for the month of February-March, is disinfected in order to eliminate any problem that it may have.

artificial grass maintenance

family sitting on artificial grass

Before laying artificial grass, surely you looked at the advantages and disadvantages of its placement. Perhaps right now you are making the decision about whether or not to put it when you have come across "disinfection".

In general, the maintenance of this type of grass involves:

  • Brushed. That it has to be weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the use that we give to the garden and how much or little it can get dirty. This should always be done in the opposite direction to the fibers to prevent it from lying down more (this is how it stands up and helps the fibers to return to a more natural orientation).
  • Cleaning with water. Not to the point of watering a lot or periodically, but the water allows the area to be cleaned and it seeps through the soil. That yes, it is not necessary to abuse it since it can rot the cells or the latex.
  • Apply perfume. This is optional but is usually done to give it a fresh grassy scent. In this way, the sense of smell is "tricked" into seeing it as natural grass, even when it is not. However, the perfume can also have another function: that of serving as disinfection since the smell can prevent animals from approaching this area (such as insects, bacteria, etc.).
  • Disinfection. The last of the tasks and the one that matters to us right now. It is done above all because it is close to humid areas, such as swimming pools, which can cause the appearance of fungi. Also if you have pets, the smells of these (for example because they do their business or simply by lying or sitting on it) can cause bacterial or infection problems.

How to disinfect artificial grass

kitten walking grass

Disinfecting artificial grass is not the same as cleaning it. They are two different things that often tend to even though they are the same.

To carry out disinfection, the steps you must follow are the following:

Brush the artificial grass

In this manner the thickest will be removed. This is done to pick up any dust or particles large enough to be carried away by the brush. Although it may seem silly to you, it is not because that way you can go faster in the following steps and you will have a clean area in which to apply the products to disinfect, knowing that they will remain in it and take effect.

If you leave brushing for last, you will end up taking the product with you and it won't do much good. Apart from the fact that you will apply it in areas that are not really important.

To add water

It is the first step. You need Moisten it to apply the disinfection products that you are going to use. If you do it dry, it may suffer more and even the fibers may be damaged, discolored or lost.

Apply treatments to disinfect artificial grass

Here we must expand a little more because there are several products that you can use:

Soap and water

is the treatment most common to disinfect artificial grass. It consists of mixing water with neutral soap and using it to “soap” the grass before rinsing it with water afterwards.

This treatment is effective as long as you apply it correctly and in all corners. That is why it is usually carried out with a hand brush to be able to reach everywhere.

artificial grass cleaner

In the market we can find disinfectant products for artificial grass that help to clean it thoroughly, in addition to giving it a pleasant aroma.

Depending on the extension of the lawn, it will be convenient to use one or the other. Yes we recommend that check the opinions of those who have used them to know if it is effective.


This is the last treatment that is recommended. However, it should not be used a lot because it can damage the lawn in the medium and long term (for short if you go too far with the amount of ammonia).

It is the most effective when there are stains that do not come out with soap and water or disinfectant products, but it should be applied only to the specific area. Or if a deeper and more effective disinfection is required (for example because there is an infestation of insects or because it has not been used or cleaned for a long time).

Rinse with water

The penultimate step that you must carry out is rinsing, again with water. Make sure you don't overdo it and that it is completely strained to prevent buildup that can rot your lawn.


or call it disinfection control treatment. The objective is not so much that the artificial grass has a scent as it is to prevent it from becoming infected in some way.

As you can see, this artificial grass maintenance task is very important for the health of your loved ones in the garden. But not everyone who has this installed in the garden knows that artificial grass must be disinfected. Have you done this before? How did you carry it out?

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