Pet Odor Control on Artificial Grass:
What is Artificial Grass Infill?
Infill is used between grass blades for lawns that aren't real or artificial. Infill is spread down into the turf fibers to help the blades of grass stand up. It also protects the grass backing from ultraviolet rays which could eventually cause damage and void warranties. Some artificial grass infill options are ZeoFill®, Durafill, Silica Sand and/or Rubber. Note: State of California Proposition 65 has a warning about silica sand.
For years there has been a struggle for pet owners to decide if artificial grass is beneficial for their dog. Since majority of dogs have accepted fake grass as their bathroom, their owners had to water down and flush out the urine bacteria from the turf. Many turf manufacturers have made antimicrobial pet turf to resist the bacterial ammonia from adhering to the turf fibers. Silica sand would hold ammonia urine resulting in a great deal of smell. A product call Durafill or Envirofill which is poly coated silica sand with limited odor killing properties was created to resist the bacterial ammonia from adhering to it. The urine bacteria would travel around the Durafill or Envirofill and embed itself into the underlayment of the turf. As the sun heats the turf, the urine bacteria would bake under the turf and gases would rise causing the urine smell to be more prominent. Companies would have to tell their customers to water down their turf once a week to get rid of the smell but never worked properly because water from a hose does not have enough force to push bacteria deep into the ground.
Solution: A product named ZeoFill® born in 2008 made out of a natural resource from the earth. It is different that any other infill because ZeoFill® is a negatively charged honey-combed molecular structure which absorbs the urine like a magnet and prevents the ammonia from forming a gas which is the main cause of smell. ZeoFill® Infill will pull any gases towards itself and hold it until sodium ion (Na+) in rain water releases the magnetivity and the force of heavy rainfall will flush out the bacteria, forcing it through the turf into the ground making your turf virtually new again. The sodium forces the calcium ions out and recharges the ZeoFill® when dry.
With ZeoFill® there is no need to water the grass once a week to wash away urine smell.
In fact, Please do not water your turf down with ZeoFill® because you want urine to be absorbed in ZeoFill® not the water from your hose.
ZeoFill® helps control the urine odors but will not remove bad bacteria. With any synthetic turf, you still have to maintain
it by removing bad bacteria with an enzyme cleaner such as Turf Doctors PE-51. Use this enzyme if your area doesn’t
rain periodically in a given year. We recommend this enzyme cleaner because it is made & shipped in a liquid form.
It covers 1500 to 1800 square foot of turf, comes with a garden hose attachment and has a shelf life of 30 years.
Drainage: No matter how compact this infill gets, ZeoFill® will drain 100% never having to worry about drainage.
A perfect solution for an artificial grass tennis or bocce ball court. It will hold over 55% of its weight and will evaporate
water slowly over time cooling the turf in warmer weather. Beware of other zeolite products (especially white zeolite)
ZeoFill® will not deteriorate in excess of limits over time making it a choice infill for sports fields, pet grass, landscape
and putting greens. It is environmentally safe and a certified organic compound with no additives. Zeolite dust will
not harm the body like silica infills. Zeolite is a known substance which is sold as an animal feed additive so it is perfectly
safe for animals or children if swallowed.
ZeoFill® has been approved by leading manufacturers in the US to be used as an infill due to the purity and Mohs hardness it holds. ZeoFill® recommends it is best to be installed on top of the grass inside the turf fibers to help control the odors but installers who use a non-infill product prefer to use ZeoFill® under the turf which is not as effective and voids any warranty with ZeoFill®.
You Ask, Can any zeolite work on my turf?
No, ZeoFill® is the only volcano ash that has the right properties, hardness and purity level safe enough for artificial grass. There are volcano ash mines all over the world but every mine has different uses, hardness, sharpness, and impurities including lechatelierite (which is molten glass), lead, chromium, silica, magnesium, and other negative properties which will not work with your artificial turf system. Other volcano ash can also void the turf manufacturer warranty. Make sure you ask your turf manufacturer (not installer) about infill warranties.
Purity: ZeoFill® has a purity level of 98% with no negative purities that could potentially harm turf fibers. Purity is the key to how much ZeoFill® you install either on or under the turf. Most volcano ash mines are between 55 and 85% purity. A lesser purity zeolite could not have the correct absorbent ability to hold the urine and you would need more product per square foot to have the same absorbent as ZeoFill®. Keep away from white zeolite with small dark specs. There are companies trying to sell zeolite which will not work properly for artificial grass. Example: Look at the Clinoptilolite content (Purity) and Mohs hardness of this company. Not good for artificial grass.
Benefits of using ZeoFill® on top of turf vs. under turf:
ZeoFill® is beneficial on top of the turf. When your dog urinates on the turf, the urine will instantly be consumed by the ZeoFill® granules preventing ammonia bacteria particles from traveling through the turf. The ZeoFill® granule will hold the ammonia water until it is cleaned with an enzyme solution or heavy rainwater flushes out the ZeoFill®. The ZeoFill® granules will be trapped inside the turf system and has a 5 year warranty on deterioration.
Under the turf usage: If you use zeolite under the turf, it will be eventually consumed by the underlayment base material. When it rains, the small granules will travel downward making it more difficult for the ZeoFill® to control the urine ammonia. Under turf usage is not warranted by ZeoFill®. It will be a waste of money and time. Because of the purity level in our product, ZeoFill® has been approved for turf infill usage which is the best choice.