How to Repair Artificial Turf – Step by Step
Depending on the severity and type of artificial turf damage you are dealing with, the way you repair it will vary. The most common artificial turf repairs you are likely to come across are separating seams, melted/burned spots or holes, and unwanted stains. The following is a step by step guide on how to repair the most common turf damages.
Step 1 –
First, we are going to want to locate all of the damaged areas and determine the direction of the “gauges.” The gauges are the rows of tufted fibers that are manufactured into the backing of the synthetic turf. This step is very important as it helps you ensure that the replacement piece that you are installing will run in the same direction. We will also want to make sure that the fibers are facing the same direction.
Step 2 –
Next, you will want to vacuum out any and all infill you may have used prior to starting your turf repair. This will help you fully expose the backing and allow your initial cuts to be clean and precise.
Step 3 –
Once you have vacuumed out all the infill, carefully take a sharp razor knife and cut the base of the backing to the synthetic turf and remove the area around damaged spot.
Step 4 –
Next, cut a piece of synthetic turf seaming tape (be sure to size accordingly) and carefully place it under the backing of the synthetic turf. Once you have placed and centered the seaming tape under the removed area, secure it in place with small nails. If the damaged spot is large, feel free to use as much seaming tape as needed.
Step 5 –
Before adding any adhesive to the seaming tape, we recommend using blue painters tape to tape the fibers back. This will help prevent any adhesive from getting onto the fibers. This will also allow for easy installation of the new replacement piece.
Step 6 –
After taping down the fibers, it’s time to add your adhesive. Once you have added your adhesive of choice, use a small towel (or other desired tool) to help spread it out evenly across the seaming tape and underneath the backing of the existing synthetic turf – to help create a strong bond.
Step 7 –
After the adhesive has been evenly spread out, carefully fit the precut replacement piece (make sure to double check initial sizing beforehand). Then, add even pressure to the replacement piece so that the adhesive is fully compressed up and between the gauges.
Step 8 –
After adding pressure and letting the replacement piece settle for a moment, remove the painters’ tape to allow fibers to blend back into the new piece. Be sure to check the repaired area for any excess adhesive rising to the surface. If excess adhesive is present, carefully remove it with a small rag or other desired tool.
Step 9 –
Next, you will want to groom the patch – if needed. Take scissors and trim any excess fibers at the perimeter of the repair to nicely blend it in with the existing synthetic turf.
Step 10 –
Lastly, don’t forget to replace the infill. Given most repairs are small in size, it is best to add the infill by hand, and brush up with a small rake until the replacement patch is evenly blended in.