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Pet Turf & Pet Infill

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Our Artificial Pet Turf

Choosing a Synthetic Grass for your yard when you own a pet is different than the normal procedure. Also known as fake grass, not all are equal. You must take into account the following factors:

  1. The size of the pet to determine how much business it will produce.
  2. Your budget to determine the turf quality and type.
  3. The type of base you will require underneath your turf to allow for faster drainage of pet urine than otherwise required. Please discuss this with your contractor BEFOREHAND.
  4. There are some minor, yet important, maintenance requirements you will need to learn in order to maintain synthetic turf where pets do their business.

The most common problem resulting from poorly maintained and installed pet turf is the odor after pet urine and feces have been allowed to sit. Even though the turf can withstand pet's daily rough treatment, the pet owner must make sure the turf he chooses will be installed and maintained correctly.

Pet Size:

For pets under 15 lbs you need do nothing more than remove hard stuff, and clean and wash the turf area as needed (at least once a week is recommended) with water or some chemicals that are environmentally friendly.

If your pet is larger, you will need to have the turf base prepared differently than you would otherwise. This will prevent the larger quantity of urine produced from sitting between the bottom of the turf and the base below and causing odor over time. The special base and turf infill will promote drainage and prevent odor.

Choosing the correct turf:

SimpleTurf.com is proud to be able to offer it's PETGRASS-55 and W-Blade 60 "Pet Cool" line. PETGRASS-55 has short blades with a thicker thatch blend and a porous backing that allows liquid to run through it as though going through mesh.

"PETGRASS-55 flo-rite-thru" pile height is 1", its face weight is 55 oz. and its color is olive/emerald green.

Our W Blade 60 "Pet Cool" has a softer, longer blade that is 1 1/2" long. The face weight is 60 oz, and it is a blend of olive & emerald green. The W Blade-60 "Pet Cool" is a more affordable alternative pet-turf then the Petgrass-55.

When all is said and done all of our products are pet friendly and can be used if you own a pet. Our economic YST-40, mid-range YST-50 and top of the line YST-92 will all do the job properly and survive for 20+ years with proper maintenance.

NOTE: All of our turf products come with a 18 year warranty for residential use.

Building the correct compacted turf base is the most important part of the job:

Normally, a turf base is composed of 3-4” of road base class-2 that is compacted to 90% compact. This creates a solid, cement like base that you lay your turf on and secure with nails. Water will drain very fast through the turf backing, but very slowly through the cement-like base. This situation causes any urine from large pets to sit between the bottom of the turf and the top of the compacted base. It will drain slowly over time, but after several hot days it will dry up and stink even if you wash it with water.

Because of this, we strongly recommend that your contractor substitute ¾” crushed gravel for the creation of the bottom 3” of the base and compact that. They will then use 1” of “3/8” crushed gravel” on top of it and compact that as well. Only then can they put the weed block and the turf on top of it.

This type of base will allow any liquid to drain much faster through the turf AND the base to the ground under it. Very little if at all will be stuck on top of the compacted base to evaporate.

The final step is to use an infill that contains zeolite that will help absorb the small amount of urine that may remain on the surface. Zeolite will be mixed into any type of infill that your contractor will put in your new turf. Using infill mixed with Zeolite will add no more than $0.35 per square foot but it is well worth it.

The cost of installing a pet friendly base is the same as if you install the traditional base. So ask your contractor or call us and we will recommend one of our customers who is trained to do just that.

Some contractors will recommend that you use a products called “perforated drainage mat” or “perforated drain core”. Nothing is wrong with using it; it will improve the quality of the drainage, but the cost of the installation will jump by 2-3$ per square foot (read more about it here). Polyguardproducts.com

Maintaining your SimpleTurf.com Artificial Turf:

Maintaining a synthetic turf yard designed for pet use requires a little more work than is required otherwise. Please refer to the articles below to learn about maintaining it and the products to use for the removal and prevention of pet odor.


How to clean pet stains from artificial turf:

  • Defecated materials, urine, spit and other biological materials deposited by pets should be removed promptly and regularly. Leaving solid material waste on the surfaces to break down will increase the amount of contaminate that saturates the turf system.
  • Treat loose stool material with care by removing it with gloves and spot treating the area with cleaners. Irrigate the area locally but DO NOT hose solid waste away, this just spreads the waste over a larger area.
  • In dry weather, it is okay to leave solid waste to harden before removing. During wet weather, remove all waste immediately to prevent the solids from breaking down further.
  • Urine is difficult to locate by sight but you must assume that the animals are urinating and treat the entire surface when sanitizing and deoderizing. Most sanitizing products require one gallon per 500 square feet of turf to achieve proper saturation. Use the sprinkler setting on most hose nozzles to drizzle water over the site to drive the treatments down through the turf, infill, backing and base materials.
  • The volume of waste and use of the area determines how often you should groom the site. A single dog may only require weekly sanitation while many dogs, like in a kennel, may require daily sanitizing.
  • Sanitizing and deodorizing is critically important to the long term enjoyment and safe use of synthetic turf.
  • If your pet has an illness you should consider spraying with a disinfectant.
  • During winter and rainy seasons, irrigating is not neccesary, but during summer dry and sunny times the area should be irrigated weekly with full strength cleaners to wash the treatments deeply into the turf.
  • Synthetic turf laid out on concrete, wood or other hard surfaces should be cleaned under the turf regularly. Avoid cleaners containing alcohol or harsh acids as these can damage the turf blades.

Recommended Cleaning and Grooming Products:

Enzyme Cleaners - We recommend Uri-Cide Odor Eliminator. Rinse after four hours to dilute the chemicals and spread them throughout the turf. These cleaners can be purchased directly from us on this website.

Vinegar - Use 5% white distilled vinegar and irrigate it through the surface.

Green Cleaners - Any type of cleaner that does not contain alcohol and is biodegradable. Non-foaming, low sud products are best.

Degreasers and soapy cleaners - These can be used, however you must completely rinse these cleaners out of the turf.

Uri-Cide / Disinfectant
Pet owners who are contemplating synthetic turf in their yard must care for the turf properly.
You will need to refresh and sanitize your turf as often as every 2 weeks. Even if you have cleaned and washed the pets business you still need to use some type of non toxic, 
biodegradable, hypo-Allergenic cleaning solution to eliminate risk of odor. 
These turf sanitizing products are child friendly and specially designed to clean turf in yards where pets are a fixture.
Application is quite easy- simply attach the spray bottle to your hose, and a special distribution system will apply the chemical cleaner directly onto the turf. 
Uri-Cide needs to be applied after sunset, as the sun will kill the enzymes in the Uri-Cide which are responsible for the breakdown of bacteria in the urine on the turf. Saturate the turf on the first night, and repeat one additional night if necessary. 
It is best to apply Uri-Cide every two weeks after your first cleaning in order to keep odor at bay.
On the following morning your turf is cleaner and safer for your pet, kids and friends.

Precautions:

Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Wear rubber gloves while handling this product. Keep out of reach of children.
Practical Treatments:
Eyes: Flush eyes with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, obtain medical attention.
Skin: Wash skin with water.
Ingestion: Drink two glasses of water. Obtain medical attention.


Artificial Pet Infill

If you have a pet you must use infill but the type that comes with Zeolite mixed in. Zeolite will absorb the majority of the dog urine and help prevent bad odor. (Read more about ZEOLITE)


Puppy & Pet Pads

Puppy Pads are the ideal solution for pet owners, veterinary practices, kennels, etc. These reusable pads are as effective as disposable puppy pads and use a unique Vintex barrier to provide outstanding protection.

Puppy Pads Are:

  • Highly Absorbent
  • Ecologically Friendly
  • Long lasting and Durable
  • Absorb Odors
  • Resist Stains
  • Economical
  • Protect Carpeting and Floors
 
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