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Can I vacuum artificial grass?

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Artificial grass has become a popular choice for many UK homeowners, offering a low-maintenance alternative to natural grass.

When it comes to cleaning artificial grass, you should avoid using your regular household vacuum and instead opt for a vacuum cleaner specifically designed for artificial grass, like the Vacmaster WD18 Artificial Grass Vacuum.

Why can’t I use a standard upright vacuum cleaner?

Inability to vacuum wet surfaces

A regular household vacuum isn’t designed to work on wet surfaces such as artificial grass. Using a standard vacuum while the artificial grass is potentially damp/wet could result in damage to the vacuum and the artificial lawn.

Potential damage to the artificial grass

Artificial grass is composed of synthetic fibres designed to mimic the look and feel of natural grass. Traditional vacuum cleaners, especially those with rotating brushes and/or strong suction power, can cause significant damage to these delicate fibres. The bristles or rotating brushes can pull, tug, or even tear the artificial grass strands, leading to unsightly bald patches or uneven appearance across the lawn.

Limited cleaning performance

Artificial grass may accumulate dust, dirt, pollen, pet hair, or other debris over time. A regular upright vacuum cleaner is only designed to handle surface-level debris and may struggle to remove dirt that has settled deeper within the artificial grass.

The removal of infill

Infill refers to the material (such as sand or rubber pellets) that is spread between the artificial grass blades to provide stability, support, and a more natural feel. This helps the artificial grass fibres stay upright and prevents them from matting. A standard vacuum cleaner may remove the infill as it isn’t designed with this in mind.

What does an artificial grass vacuum do differently?

Designed specifically for artificial grass

Artificial grass vacuum cleaners are designed specifically for astroturf. The Vacmaster WD18 for example features a first of its kind patented floorhead that ensures gentle treatment of the artificial fibres. The moulded combs in the floorhead effectively lift dust and debris from the surface, while the nylon brushes carefully work to dislodge any trapped dirt.

Wet and dry cleaning

Unlike a standard vacuum cleaner, artificial grass vacuums are wet and dry vacuum cleaners, designed to effectively remove mud and dirt from wet lawns. The included filter is capable of accommodating both wet and dry suction, so you don’t have to change the filter to suit the weather conditions.

Blower port

Some artificial grass vacuums are designed with a convenient exhaust port that transforms the vacuum into a handy leaf blower. This feature enables you to effortlessly remove leaves from your garden or gutter in between vacuuming.

Pro tip: For the best results, dampen your artificial grass prior to using an artificial grass vacuum cleaner.

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