An outdoor grass carpet is a practical solution for your walkways or paths in your yard and may also be placed in the pool area. The carpet has an esthetic purpose, but may also be installed for safety reasons (e.g. prevent slipping near the pool). The outdoor carpets are manufactured using synthetic materials that are more resistant to extreme weather conditions, but the carpet will still need some maintenance and cleaning. The outdoor grass carpets are mainly prone to staining due to oil, salt or mold and mildew, so these are aspects you need to take care of.
Brush Outdoor Grass Carpets
In most cases, brushing your outdoor grass carpets will be sufficient to keep them clean and remove the dirt that accumulates over time.
Alternatively, you can vacuum these carpets and this solution will also help reducing the crushed appearance outdoor grass carpets tend to have after a certain time.
Removing Oil Stains
The outdoor grass carpet does not stain easily, but may be susceptible to oil stains. The oil is easily absorbed in the carpet and this will deteriorate the appearance of the carpet.
The oil stains can be removed with a milder detergent. Soak the oil stained area into water and detergent for 15 minutes and then scrub until you obtain foam. Rinse with a water hose and allow the area to dry. While the grass carpet is still wet, you won’t be able to tell if the stain is out, but once the carpet dries, you will notice if the stain persists.
In case of stubborn stains that cannot be removed with detergent, you will have to use a harsher solution. Vinegar can remove oil from a grass carpet. Let the solution soak and then rinse with water.
Ideally, you should clean the oil stains as soon as the oil is spilled on the carpet, which will make sure the damage will be minimal and make the cleaning easier.
If the carpets are exposed to salts during winter, the salts will leave white stains. These can be removed using vinegar. Spray some vinegar on the affected areas and let it soak for up to 30 minutes and then rinse. You may have to apply vinegar several times and rinse in order to remove salt stains completely.
Remove Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew may form on grass carpets, especially if these are placed near a swimming pool or a water source.
Mold and mildew may be removed using bleach, but you need to make sure the bleach you use will not fade the color of the carpet. Dilute the bleach with 10 to 15 parts water and check on a small portion of carpet to see if it will fade the color. Allow the carpet to dry completely to be able to say whether the diluted bleach fades the colors. Add more water in the solution, if needed.
Mildew may also be reduced if the carpets are placed into direct sunlight.