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How to Clean AstroTurf

AstroTurf made its debut at the Astrodome in 1965, hence its name. A carpet-like material that can withstand rain, snow and sun, AstroTurf is made of 100-percent Olefin, a thermoplastic resin difficult to clean. Due to the nature of this material, stains and dirt stick to the base of turf fibres and can make AstroTurf look dingy and grey. AstroTurf also may look clean, but because the fibres quickly dry upward, the stain "returns." This process is called wicking. Oil stains are one of the most common forms of AstroTurf stain.

Remove any mould on AstroTurf by scrubbing material with a light bleach solution. Place carpet in a safe place for handling bleach before cleaning, such as the garage with windows or door open. If AstroTurf normally sits in a wet area, like poolside, and mildew occurs, use turf with marine backing, a mildew-resistant material used in boat carpets. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning with bleach.

Clean dingy grey (oil) stains on your AstroTurf by covering the stain with a thin layer of dish detergent and scrubbing it with a large plastic bristle cleaning brush. Scrubbing using a solution of liquid dish soap is also an option. Rinse AstroTurf well before allowing to dry.

Thoroughly dry AstroTurf by running a wet/dry vacuum on it to soak up as much water as possible. Leaving AstroTurf out in the sun for a few hours is also an option to ensure AstroTurf is as dry as possible.

Regularly clean AstroTurf with the wet/dry vacuum to keep material dry and as free of stains as possible. Regular vacuuming also helps lesson the crushing of the material and prolongs the life of AstroTurf.

Tip

AstroTurf resembles grass from a stadium seat only. It has enjoyed popularity in sports stadiums and around swimming pools; it is much safer to fall on than concrete and reduces the chances of slipping around a pool. Over time, AstroTurf becomes crushed and cannot be repaired. It also feels sharp and pointy on bare feet, although new versions of AstroTurf come in a range of colours and soft textures. Softer, plusher textures are more susceptible to quick crushing of the material, however.

Warning

Wear gloves and make sure you are working in an area with good circulation and fresh air when handling bleach.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent or soap
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Bleach
  • Plastic fibre cleaning brush
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About the Author

Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.