How To Get Barbecue Grease Out Of Synthetic Grass

Posted on: 18 September 2015

Although a synthetic lawn looks stunning and is a low maintenance option for your outside space, greasy marks from spilled barbecue food won't just wash away with the rain as they would with real grass.  Fortunately, you can easily remove grease stains from synthetic grass with a little know-how.  Read on to find out how to do it.

What you'll need

Everything you need for this job should be readily available in your kitchen cupboards.

  • blunt knife or spoon
  • paper towel
  • baking soda
  • liquid soap
  • dry-cleaning solvent product (available from good DIY or hardware stores)
  • clean, colourfast cloths

How to do it

The most important thing to remember is that you need to remove as much of the spilt grease as you can before it soaks too deep into the synthetic lawn fabric.  Neglected greasy marks will attract dirt and become entrenched onto your lawn, spoiling its natural effect.

  1. Grab a blunt spoon and carefully scrape up as much of the grease as you can.  Wipe it onto a paper towel.  Keep guests away from the soiled spot so that the grease doesn't get trodden in, spread even further across your lawn, or treaded into your house.  
  2. Next, sprinkle a light coating of baking soda over the stain and leave it in place for 30 minutes or so.  This allows time for the baking soda powder to soak up the grease and lift it out of the fabric fibres just like a sponge.
  3. Vacuum the area to remove the baking soda and check to see how much grease is left.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 if necessary until all the grease has been soaked away.
  4. Next make up a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water.  Add a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent product to the solution and mix well.  Wash the residual grease stain using a clean, colourfast cloth.  Make sure you work the solution well down into the pile of the synthetic lawn, and don't be afraid to give it a good rub.  Artificial grass is very durable and strong and won't be easily damaged by a little vigorous elbow grease.  
  5. Rinse the area thoroughly using clean water to get rid of any soap, and allow to air dry.

In conclusion

Although it's lovely to entertain friends with a barbecue in your outside space, accidents with spilled food do happen.  If grease is spilled on your artificial grass, act swiftly and follow the tips given above to return your lawn to its former pristine glory!