Messy Dog Park? We Can Fix It!

Dogs are man’s best friend, or so the saying goes. For centuries dogs have shared many things with their human companions – service, labor, compassion…and their waste. For as long as humans have had dogs, they have cleaned up after them, but when artificial turf is involved, cleaning can be a bit more complicated.

Many business owners have selected to use artificial turf in their pet runs and backyard spaces. However, earlier application processes didn’t take into account the drainage and maintenance that would be required to keep these spaces fresh and sanitary. Advances in artificial turf technology has made it possible to mitigate bacteria, mold, mildew, and even odors, but even with these advances, it is important to give these areas adequate cleaning and maintenance attention.

Develop a Turf Cleaning Plan

When developing a cleaning plan for your pet areas, consider how the area is being used. Take into consideration how many pets are using the area, whether it is an area where only pets play or whether kids play in the same area, even how much dust or dirt is in the area. Regardless of the use, periodic deep cleaning will be essential for maintaining the look and cleanliness of the surface. All turf areas used by pets will need regular cleaning, in addition to occasional deep cleaning.

Regular, Routine Cleaning

Best practice is to clean turf every week, especially if it gets heavy use or has significant debris accumulation such as leaves. Larger debris and waste can be removed with a brush or rate and a light rinse can remove smaller debris and dust. However, if pets are using the surface to relieve themselves, you need to consider additional cleaning. To prevent the growth of bacteria and keep the area odor-free, you need to pay extra attention to these areas. Spot cleaning must be done, and turf deodorizing can be an effective addition.

In addition to weekly maintenance, it is best to do a more comprehensive cleaning monthly or every few months if your area gets less frequent use. This type of cleaning not only helps prevent bacteria growth and odor, but also helps maintain the structural integrity of the turf.

Comprehensive, Deep Cleaning

Bacteria is a huge threat to artificial turn. It can lead to odors, but also to the breakdown of the surface and other issues. Proper maintenance of turf can help ensure that it stays in good shape over time and your investment will last longer. Deep cleaning by professionals often involves the use of a brush to remove debris and dust from the surface while improving the look and feel of the area.

Let Our Professionals Handle the Work

At Fresh Foam we use a three-step process to clean and deodorize the area. First, we remove dirt with a HEPA vacuum, followed by a hospital-grade disinfectant that is animal-safe. Last, we apply our bioactive deodorizer to remove odors and help prevent them from return as fast. Our team is IICRC certified to offer the best advice for cleaning and maintaining your pet areas, and we have a licensed landscape architect on staff that can help address any drainage issues. To learn more about our services, visit us online at