4 ways to reduce static electricity from your synthetic grass
Static electricity is a physical phenomenon that comes from the excessive accumulation of electrical charge that occurs naturally in insulating materials or with poor conductivity. For example: maybe on some occasion you have touched a surface or common element such as a rubber ball, a door handle, a sweater and you have felt a slight blow or you have even heard a metallic sound and you have seen a flash of sparks. Your hair or the hair on your arms may also have stood still. Well, this phenomenon is known as static electricity release.
How Static Electricity Is Produced In Synthetic Turf
Synthetic grass is made with materials that are not conductive or are conductive to a minimum. Let's see the following examples: if the artificial grass project is only landscaped or is not installed in an area where it receives continuous friction such as a wall, it will have less accumulation of static electricity, but if it is going to be used as a playground or a spot for pets, to walk, or to play sports, static electricity will accumulate in greater quantity due to the frequent contact or friction that it will have with shoes, sports instruments, pet cages, plastic or metal toys, balloons, chairs, baby cars, garbage cans, decorative elements, tablecloths or cushions, etc. Then, touching any of these surfaces will cause the discharge and you will feel a kind of spark.
Another factor that generates static electricity in artificial grass is the climate. This occurs if it is very hot outside, very cold or if the air is dry.
Ways to avoid or eliminate static electricity from artificial grass
Important tips to avoid or eliminate static electricity from synthetic grass:
- Sand or infill: at the end of the installation of artificial grass (for recreational areas, sports, for pets) it must be filled with a special silica sand in the recommended amount, according to the size of the surface covered by this grass. Sand neutralizes the effect of static. You can see detailed information about the sand on our blog through the following link https://diamondartificialgrass.com/blogs/news/silica-sand-or-infill-is-it-really-necessary-in-projects-of-artificial -turf
-Water: if the climate is too dry and hot, especially in the summer, or if it is too cold and with drafts, it is recommended to water with plain water or spray the grass with a mixture of water and the softener liquid used for the clothes.
-Copper sheet: it is recommended to nail a sheet or plate into the ground (preferably copper), in order for the ground to function as a conductor and absorb static electricity, eliminate it and redirect it back to the ground.
-Anti-static products: if none of the above recommendations provides the expected results, there is another solution. You can purchase a variety of industrial products specially made to eliminate static electricity from surfaces in specialized stores.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that static electricity may vary greatly depending on the environment and climate change, therefore, the recommendations given for the elimination of static in synthetic grass should be tried or alternated.
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