My Synthetic Grass Smells Like Dog Pee: What Should I Do?

If you’re a dog owner with synthetic grass, you may have experienced the unpleasant problem of your artificial turf smelling like dog urine. Synthetic grass is durable and low-maintenance, but it doesn’t break down organic materials like natural grass does, so it can retain odours. If your turf is starting to smell, don’t worry—there are steps you can take to clean it and keep your backyard smelling fresh.

Step 1: Identify the Affected Areas

Begin by determining where the smell is strongest. Often, the scent is concentrated in areas where your dog frequently urinates. Walk around your synthetic grass and pinpoint the spots with the strongest odour.

Step 2: Rinse with Water

Rinse the affected areas thoroughly with water. Use a garden hose to flush out any urine and break down its concentration. This step is essential, as it helps reduce the intensity of the odour before moving on to more targeted treatments.

Step 3: Apply an Enzyme Cleaner

Enzyme cleaners are designed to break down the organic compounds in urine that cause odours. Spray an enzyme cleaner onto the affected areas and allow it to sit for the recommended time. These cleaners work at a microbial level to eliminate the source of the smell.

Step 4: Rinse Again

After applying the enzyme cleaner, rinse the area again with water. This step ensures that any remaining cleaner is washed away, preventing residue buildup on your synthetic grass.

Step 5: Neutralise Odours with Deodoriser

Consider using a synthetic grass deodoriser designed specifically for pet odours. These products neutralise smells and can provide a fresh scent. Apply the deodoriser to the cleaned areas and allow it to dry completely.

Check out Jay Fresh Anti Odour Solution if you are looking for a deodoriser for your artificial lawn.

Step 6: Prevention Is Key

To avoid future odour issues, try these preventive measures:

Train Your Dog: Teach your dog to use a specific area for urination. This reduces the spread of smell across your synthetic grass.
Rinse Regularly: After your dog urinates, rinse the area with water. This simple habit can go a long way in preventing odours from building up.

Install a Drainage System: If you don’t have one already, consider adding a drainage system under your synthetic grass. This helps prevent urine from pooling and reduces odour buildup. At Jay’s we offer drainage cell panels that aid drainage for your lawns.

Use Odour-Resistant Fill Material: Some fill materials are designed to resist odours better than others. Consult with your synthetic grass provider for recommendations.

By following these steps, you can keep your synthetic grass smelling fresh and free from unpleasant dog urine odours. Remember, consistency is key, and regular maintenance will ensure your backyard remains a pleasant place for both you and your pets.