Is there anything better than a cookout on a summer day in Texas? Whether you’re having a few friends over or hosting a big party, grilling is the perfect way to make your outdoor space come alive.
Artificial turf in Texas makes it even better – you don’t have to worry about killing the grass or making a mess!
To make sure your synthetic lawn is still flawless after the party, it’s important to follow some safety tips when grilling near artificial turf.
Keep the following in mind:
Keep the Grill a Few Feet Away from the Turf
Synthetic turf in Texas does not burn, but hot coals and embers can melt through the material. To prevent this, make sure to keep the grill at least three feet away from the turf. Placing a barrier, like a thick sheet of aluminum foil or metal mesh, between the turf and grill is an even better idea.
Use a Grill Mat
Using a grill mat is one of the best ways to protect your turf during barbecues. These mats are made of heat-resistant and non-flammable materials, so they can handle the high temperatures. Plus, they make it easy to keep grease and spills away from the turf, further reducing the risk of staining.
Watch Out for Ash
When it’s time to dispose of the ashes and coals, make sure to do it as far away from your turf as possible. Accidentally dumping ash on the turf can leave ugly stains, as well as cause blockages in the drainage channels.
Clean Up Spills as Soon as You Can
Grilling can lead to sauces, drinks, and other liquids dripping onto artificial turf in Texas. If left unchecked, these spills can stain the turf or clog the drainage system. It’s also harder to remove them after they’ve dried up.
While you don’t have to mop up every little drop the moment they happen, it’s important to clean up major spills as soon as they occur. This is particularly important for stuff that can stain such as red wine and extra sticky spills (i.e. large amounts of BBQ sauce.)
Dispose of Grease Carefully
You don’t want grease getting on your artificial turf. Aside from dirtying up your artificial grass, it can also make the turf slippery and unsafe. While grilling, catch any grease spills with a bowl or aluminum foil. Dispose of it properly when you’re done cooking – never pour it on the turf!
Accidents do happen, so if some grease happens to get on your lawn, don’t panic. First, blot out as much as you can with a paper towel. Then, spray a grease-cutting cleaner on the affected area and scrub it with a brush. Rinse clean and you’re done.
And that’s it! Follow these tips and you don’t have to worry about your artificial turf getting ruined while having a cookout.