Can You Vacuum Artificial Grass? (PRO Tips)

Installing synthetic turf is a low-maintenance landscaping option that allows you to enjoy the look and feel of natural grass without the hours of watering, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, edging and general upkeep. While this is definitely one of its most popular features, it does not mean that fake grass is completely maintenance free; just like other hardscapes and softscapes in your yard, it does require a little effort to keep it clean and well maintained.

For the most part, folks can simply spray down their manufactured lawns about once a month to remove dirt and debris but, depending on your situation, this may not be enough. For example, if you have pets that shed a lot of hair or nearby trees that drop small leaves and debris, you may be at the point where you are wondering if you can just vacuum artificial grass to make debris removal faster and easier.

Can You Vacuum Artificial Grass?

There are two primary concerns with vacuuming artificial grass. The first is that the vacuum can suck up your infill, which is an integral part of your lawn and is what gives it that soft, cushiony feel that is similar to natural grass. The second concern is that it is possible that the suction from a powerful vacuum, particularly if used repeatedly over time, could loosen the synthetic turf, which could cause shifting or sagging and would require repair.

It may be possible to use a bagless vacuum cleaner, put the debris through a sifter to separate out the infill, and then redistribute the infill. However, this is a lot of work, and it may be difficult to determine which areas need to have the infill replenished. After all, you installed fake grass so that you could spend less time and energy caring for your lawn, and trying to separate infill from leaves does not sound like a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Now, it should be noted that some artificial turf does not have infill. If you happen to have grass with no infill, then a vacuum sucking up the infill is not an issue. However, you should still be mindful of the potential for loosening your lawn by repeatedly introducing suction.

With all of this said, there are folks who vacuum their manufactured lawns and report no issues with loosening or missing infill. Plus, we are aware of at least one vacuum that is advertised specifically for cleaning artificial turf. If you happen to have this vacuum or decide to try this vacuum on your lawn, we would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

Man sweeping leaves off of artificial turf

Alternatives to Vacuuming Artificial Grass

While it is possible to vacuum synthetic turf, it is likely better to try other options first. Raking or sweeping might be a little more work, but they are far less likely to cause potential damage. Even better, there are professional artificial grass maintenance services so you never have to lift a rake.

You can remove dust and debris from your lawn with a garden hose, which works great for most people. You can also use a broom, plastic rake or turf rake to remove leaves, pet hair and smaller debris that might be missed by the hose. It is also possible to use a blower to remove debris from your lawn, but a strong blower can disrupt your infill, so you should use caution when choosing this option.