Replace Your Synthetic Grass

By Maria Posted in dog litter box /

Grass litter boxes have begun utilizing different forms of synthetic grass because of its renowned longevity. But, everything will eventually wear out, because that is just the nature of time and use. The question any dog owner may be asking is when synthetic grass should be replaced.

Grass potty maintenance for dog ownersReal grass patches are often replaced every six months, which means that synthetic grass should definitely expect a much longer lifespan in comparison. But, that may not always be the case. There are a few factors to consider when judging your grass and what condition it is currently in.

Perhaps the most wear and tear actually occurs during the cleaning process. Use expectancy depends on how often you clean the grass and in what ways, such as machine washing. Hand washing and rinsing tends to extend the use you will get out of synthetic grass because it isn’t as rough on the material.

It also depends on what types of cleaners you use. Ammonia and other harsh cleaning products like detergent will get the dirt out, but will also damage the material. Stick to enzyme based cleaners to ensure longevity.

Also consider how often your synthetic grass gets used. How many different dogs use it? Use will play a factor in how long your grass will last, so take wear and tear into consideration.

Of course, you must also take into account who the maker is. Most manufacturers will have a recommended date, such as every two or three years. Like anything manufactured, there are different qualities of material that are delivered, so one manufacturer’s product may far outlast another’s.

Signs that your synthetic grass is “wilting”: 

Replacement time is often caused by the loss of grass blades. You may notice some falling out, especially if you’re using a washing machine to clean it. A few blades lost on occasion, especially when a mat is brand new, is normal. But if you notice balding spots, it’s time to start considering a new mat.

Look for frilling of the blades. Since most are fibrous, they will begin to fray at the ends, which means that the anti-absorbent coatings are wearing off.  As far as scent goes, if the grass begins to develop a pungent smell that doesn’t go away when you wash it, it may be time to throw it out.

Depending on how you take care of it and how often it’s used, synthetic grass can last many years with the proper care. But, you will eventually need to replace it so that your dog will always have a fresh clean place to potty.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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