Natural ForestA lot of property owners wish to have lush lawns that they will take pride in showing off to their neighbours, friends and relatives. Unfortunately, not too many people have the time, experience and resources to maintain a well-manicured lawn.

It is no wonder then that artificial turf has come into wide use in the residential and commercial property settings, allowing property owners to enjoy essentially the same benefits as having natural grass without the usual hassles like mowing, watering and fertilising.

But make no mistake about it. Fake grass, Perth homeowners ought to know, still needs regular cleaning and maintenance in order to retain its beautiful appearance. The advantage of artificial grass, though, is that it takes little time and effort and you can save a great deal of time — time that you can allocate for pursuing your hobbies or for spending more time with your loved ones.

If you live in an area that receives a good amount of rainfall, then cleaning your artificial turf will be a breeze. However, if your area receives little rainfall, you can clean your artificial turf by spraying water on it using a garden hose.

For areas that have been soiled, you can mix about five percent of detergent with water and apply this cleaning solution using a sponge mop. Afterwards, you should rinse the area with water. Use this mixture for spilled coffee, tea, alcohol, milk, urine, cocoa, blood, latex paint, ice cream and dye.

For tougher stains, you can mix three percent ammonia with hot water and then rinse the area with warm water.

For stains and blemishes, it is crucial to act quickly and remove spills. You can use a plastic knife or spatula to remove solid or paste-like debris or paper towels for liquid spills.

For oil-based stains like chewing gum, lipstick, crayon, motor oil, shoe polish, asphalt and tar, you can use cleansers with mineral spirits.

If you have pets, make sure to let pet wastes dry completely before disposing of these. For urine, you can hose your synthetic grass regularly. To keep odours at bay, you can either use enzyme neutralisers or create a solution made out of vinegar and water.

Foot traffic can lead to the matting of fibres. In order to prevent this, it is advisable to brush the fibres of artificial grass regularly. Make sure to brush against the grain to prop up the bristles. Avoid using brushes with metal or wire bristles as these can damage the fibre of the turf.