How to Maintain Your Gotta Go Grass Pad for Long-Lasting Use

by Jamie Tedder on Apr 08, 2024


Introducing your dog to a grass pee pad, such as the Gotta Go Grass®, has various benefits, particularly if you live in a high-rise apartment or condominium with limited access to an outdoor space. These indoor bathroom solutions are also great for many situations, including potty training, caring for senior dogs or pets with injuries, enduring bad weather, or managing long work hours when frequent outdoor breaks are less practical.

Gotta Go Grass® delivers the benefits of using natural grass for potty pads, providing a familiar surface that dogs associate with where they potty. These grass pads for dogs naturally absorb pet urine and neutralize odors, extending their use between changes. While Gotta Go Grass® pads require maintenance, it's far less intensive than artificial alternatives like fake grass pads. Additionally, because they are fully biodegradable and compostable, they significantly produce less waste than single-use pee pads, making them an environmentally friendly option for your home. Regular cleaning not only encourages your pup to continue using the pad but also helps maintain a sanitary environment, maximizing its lifespan.

Why You Should Clean the Grass Pad

Dogs rely on scent to find their designated bathroom area. However, a grass pad soaked with dog urine or covered in solid waste will be unappealing to them. This will force them to take their business elsewhere, leading to accidents in the house and potentially hindering their potty training progress. Maintaining a clean pad not only prevents such accidents but also promotes hygiene in dogs and reinforces good potty training habits.


How to Clean Grass Pee Pad

Whether you're using real grass or fake grass pads, the main objective is to keep the pad clean and odor-free for your dog. However, the key difference is that real grass can better manage odors, while fake grass needs more frequent and thorough cleaning due to its inability to absorb moisture. This often involves using cleaning solutions like baking soda, vinegar, or mild soap to neutralize odors

For real grass, most of the manual cleaning involves scooping up solid waste as you would when walking your dog and occasionally cleaning the tray where urine settles over time. This regular maintenance routine helps keep the grass pad clean and appealing for your dog.

Remove Solid Waste

Keep the grass pad clean by scooping up any solid waste from the grass every time your dog poops. Use a scooper or a waste bag to remove the waste and dispose of it in a proper bin.

Lightly Water the Grass

Occasionally, lightly water the grass with a spray bottle to keep it looking fresh and green between replacements. However, be mindful that dogs may not enjoy stepping on damp grass, so do it sparingly.

Replace the Grass Pad

Each Gotta Go Grass® pad for dogs can last two to four weeks, depending on its use and upkeep. Its longevity can also be influenced by factors such as whether it's the primary bathroom for your dogs and the number of dogs in the household. Once the grass pad has reached the end of its use, discard it into the compost or a biodegradable waste bin. Check local guidelines for proper disposal methods.

Clean the Tray

Over time, dog pee will soak through the grass and settle into the tray underneath. This tray helps prevent liquids from seeping through the floor and causing damage. To clean the tray, wash it with mild soap and warm water, then rinse thoroughly. For stubborn odors, sprinkle baking soda on the tray and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

Reintroduce the Pad to Your Dog

Reintroducing the grass pad to your pup after every clean or replacement is necessary to ensure they recognize it as their designated potty area, thus reducing accidents and maintaining good potty habits. Do this by placing the clean or new grass pad in its usual spot and encouraging your dog to approach it. You can also use verbal cues or treats to guide them to the pad.


Maintain a Sanitary Environment with Gotta Go Grass® Pads for Dogs

Cleaning your grass pad regularly provides several benefits, including maximizing its use, maintaining a sanitary environment, and reinforcing good potty habits in your dog. By keeping the grass pad clean, you ensure that it remains appealing and functional for your pet's needs.

If you're considering getting a dog grass pad, Gotta Go Grass® provides a low-maintenance alternative to artificial turf, offering easier cleanup than fake grass. Our pads measure 16 inches by 24 inches and are used with our trays, which feature an interlocking design for sizing up and accommodating larger breeds. This versatile solution is convenient for every pet owner, ensuring your dog always has access to a sanitary and natural bathroom area.

Explore a wide range of dog bathroom solutions and pet accessories at the Gotta Go Grass® website today!

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