Artificial grass is a fantastic alternative to natural grass. It requires no watering or mowing and always looking lush and green. However, if you have a pet and have installed artificial grass, you may have experienced the issue of eliminating dog urine on artificial grass, even after hosing it down.
Dog or other pet urine on artificial grass smells stronger than when on regular grass due to heat. Artificial grass is made of synthetic materials like plastic, which retain the heat of direct sunlight.
In fact, it can get six to 10 times hotter than regular plant grass. To understand why urine is so difficult to remove, we need to be aware of how synthetic grass is layered, and what happens to the urine once your pet has visited.
Artificial grass is usually built on crushed rock and sand, with small holes in the material to allow for drainage. When urine comes in contact, it may seep down through the grass and into the rock and sand layers underneath.
When urine dries, it crystallizes, and it’s these uric acid crystals which remain under the grass and are difficult to remove. As soon as there’s a bit of heat or humidity, these uric acid crystals, which are the main source of the urine smell, activate and release the urine odour.
Detergents or water alone will usually break down these non-soluble uric acid crystals, and the odour will soon disappear.
What We Can Do
Luxury Lawns can supply and install pet friendly artificial grass, which is perfect for the sensitive paws of your beloved pets. With soft fibres and a higher drainage rate, pet friendly turf is a sanitary, sterile environment for your pet.
Our artificial turf is UV resistant and perforated for adequate drainage. That means it won’t fade, and it will drain very well meaning your garden is useable all year round!
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