Installing the best artificial turf for dogs in Phoenix is one of the best decisions you can make as a pet owner. Virtually overnight, you’re giving yourself:
- A lush green backyard that will never have patches or dead grass
- Far fewer (almost none!) yard maintenance chores
- A significant boost in home value
- 10 to 25 years of a stress-free outdoor space
- A pet-friendlier backyard and dog play areas
- A dog-proof lawn free of holes and brown spots due to urine burn
Speaking of urine, some pet owners worry about how to deal with dog pee on artificial grass.
For instance, won’t the backing absorb it? Will it pool under or on the surface, just like it does with natural grass? Will the smell stick to the fibers?
Great questions and here are some quick answers:
- No, the synthetic backing won’t absorb pee.
- Urine will never pool on or under synthetic grass for dogs as long as it has proper drainage.
- No, as long as you clean urine off pet turf regularly.
In short, it’s much easier to manage urine on a synthetic lawn than a natural one. To further give you peace of mind, here’s a more detailed preview of how to clean urine off synthetic turf.
How to Clean Dog Urine Off Artificial Turf
Arizona artificial grass is a breeze to maintain, but pet turf is naturally more demanding than, say, putting greens or landscaping turf. That’s because it comes into contact with urine, feces and other waste from your pets daily.
However, staying on top of it is as simple as establishing a regular potty cleaning schedule. For dog urine, specifically, here’s what you should do:
1. Rinse the spot with plain ol’ water.
This will dilute the pee and force it down the drainage backing of the turf and the artificial grass sub base. Both are key odor-control measures during the installation process.
2. Use pet odor removers, especially if you have several dogs using the yard.
You can buy eco-friendly and safe pet odor removers specifically designed for synthetic grass and your dog run. Many of these work by neutralizing urine upon contact. Not only is it a great way to keep odor down, but it can also prevent dogs from marking beyond their designated bathroom.
3. Apply rubbing alcohol on the spot.
Rubbing alcohol is another great cleaning agent you can use for removing urine stains on artificial grass. Simply apply the alcohol on the spot your pet peed on and wait for it to dry. This is great not only for removing odors, but also disinfecting your artificial turf as well.
4. Mix water with vinegar.
Another substance that can keep an artificial pet turf safe from bacteria and foul odors is vinegar.
Mix equal parts water and vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Spray it on the spots your pets may have peed on, wipe it down for a bit and wait for it to dry.
Although it can smell a bit overwhelming if you don’t like it, it can be very effective to use for particularly tough pet urine stains, especially on the strongest of odors. You can tone down the sour notes by adding your favorite essential oils.
5. Use bleach for cleaning dog urine on artificial grass.
Handle bleach with care. Be sure to mix just the right amount of bleach with water to prevent the smell from being too overpowering. Pour or spray it on the affected spot, let it stand for a few minutes and rinse away.
For safety, keep children and pets away from the spot until you’re done cleaning.
Get Started with the Best Artificial Turf for Dogs in Phoenix!
Finally, cleaning solids and other pet waste is pretty much the same as the steps we outlined above. In other words, keeping your synthetic lawn clean and fresh is basically effortless compared to natural grass. Ready to start your project or want to learn more about artificial grass installation in Phoenix? Sunburst Landscaping would love to help! Call us 623-412-2200 at or send us a message here.