Are you thinking about investing in artificial grass for your garden? Worried it might stain and fade over time?
Artificial grass is an investment, so of course it makes sense you want to get the most out of it and protect it from any potential damage. And ensure it stays looking its best for as long as possible!
The good news is that in most cases, you shouldn’t have to worry. Artificial grass is very hard-wearing, it is usually guaranteed against fading, and is difficult to stain.
As artificial grass specialists with years’ of experience under our belts, let me tell you exactly what we say to reassure our customers on this issue.
Will your artificial grass fade?
Most high quality artificial grass should come with a guarantee to protect against fading or discolouring over time. The guarantee may cover around 8 – 10 years, and after this period, they might not be able to promise fading won’t happen.
However, some brands of fake grass (such as Easigrass) are UV-stabilised to resist fading by direct sunlight. So, although we can’t say for 100% certainty that the grass will not fade after the guarantee period, there’s a good chance that in the UK climate, the grass will keep looking green for its entire lifespan (15 – 20 years).
The UV stabilisation process occurs during the manufacturing process, and protects against fading. Fake grass is also put through rigorous testing for colour fastness and UV resistance.
TIP: For more information, check out our blog ‘Will Your Artificial Grass Fade in the Sun Over Time?’
Will your artificial grass stain?
Fake grass is stain-resistant, which makes cleaning up minor stains and spillages quite straightforward. It’s completely pet-friendly and won’t stain with ordinary everyday things such as pet faeces and urine. In a lot of cases, a case of a little water, or some added soap should solve the problem and also keep it smelling fresh (rainwater also helps).
For other things, such as paint spillages, again hot soapy water should treat this. Just be sure to treat your grass straight away when you notice spillages like paint, before it dries and hardens. You can also buy artificial grass cleaners, but this usually shouldn’t be necessary, as soapy water usually does the trick.
If your grass is not treated straight away, and the stain won’t come out, it can be repaired. However, this would mean cutting the stain section out and joining in another piece of grass which can be done. This is the same way we’d repair artificial grass that has been melted or damaged by a cigarette or barbecue.
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
The best advice I can give you is to carefully shop around and speak to an artificial grass specialist. They should be able to tell you more about how long their fake grass is guaranteed for, and how they’d help in the event that your fake grass gets stained or damaged.
We had a customer recently who was getting the wall at the back of his house roughcasted. He’d recently had artificial grass fitted in his garden over quite a large area, and it had been a significant investment. Unfortunately, the roughcasters got cement on the grass.
The customer panicked, and called us. After we spoke to him, we advised him to use hot, soapy water. Luckily, this did the trick and got the cement out! See what I mean about artificial grass being very hard-wearing and tough to stain?
In most cases, you shouldn’t have to worry about your artificial grass fading or staining. A good guarantee should cover you for the former, and like we said, it’s unlikely to fade much in the UK climate as it is UV-resistant and put through rigorous testing.
As for staining, in most cases some hot, soapy water should sort it out. Just don’t leave tougher stains like paint to harden and dry!
Do you have and more specific questions about how fake grass fares with every-day issues? Let us know in the comments’ section. I’d love to help!