FAQ: My artificial lawn is beginning to smell like animal urine – what can I do to fix it?

There are plenty of ways to minimise the odours coming out of your artificial lawn.

We recommend cleaning up after your dog or cat on a regular basis – using a bucket of water or a garden hose to rinse the lawn is usually your best bet.

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The main problem with this type of smell is that animal urine generally consists of particles that most cleaning products won’t be able to breakdown. Unfortunately, it’s these particles that release the unpleasant odours.

First off, it’s important that any option you go with doesn’t contain harsh or hazardous ingredients. Not only can these damage your artificial lawn, but they can also transfer onto your pet’s paws and cause irritation. Luckily, there are several tried and tested methods of getting unpleasant smells out of artificial lawn.

If you’re working with a fairly localised area, baking soda might be your best option. Spread the powder evenly across the surface with a fertiliser spreader. If possible, try and ensure you do it over a period where there is no rain forecast for the following day. The baking soda should absorb the odour over a short period of time. When it does finally rain, the powder will convert to carbon dioxide (CO2) and the smell will be gone.

You can also purchase cleaning agents such as Zeolite or Trigene. These not only absorb the smell, but also encourage micro-organism activity that eventually breaks down the crystals. Depending on how picky your pets are when picking their spots, either of these chemicals can be good long-term solutions.

Finally, you can try using a mixture of water and vinegar. Mix up some water and cheap white vinegar at a ratio of 1:1 in a garden pressure sprayer. Don’t panic if you don’t own one of these – you can pick them up any local hardware store for between $5 and $10.

With regular upkeep and application you should begin to see results soon, but unfortunately there is no 100% guarantee that any of these solutions will work.

If you are still having difficulties, or would like to talk about this over the phone with your local branch, please call us on 1300 884 690.

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