One of the main advantages that artificial flowers have over fresh flowers is their longevity, but one must know how to clean artificial flowers to extend the life of their arrangements.
To ensure that your artificial flower arrangement lasts for many years, you’ll need to dedicate a small amount of time to some cleaning and maintenance every so often.
Over time, artificial flowers can gather dust, especially if they’re positioned near windows or outside. Cleaning your artificial flowers will ensure that they maintain their brilliant vibrant colour and remain just as lifelike as an arrangement of fresh flowers.
Don’t worry, artificial flowers don’t need anywhere near as much maintenance as fresh flowers require – there’s no need for any watering, pruning or fertilising.
Here’s what you need to know…
How to Remove Dust and Dirt from Artificial Flowers
Dust off with a feather duster
Sometimes all it can take is a little touch from a feather duster to wipe away dust from your arrangement. If the build-up of dirt or dust isn’t too thick, a feather duster will quickly remove it and leave it looking great again.
Spray with compressed air
If the build-up of dirt or dust on your silk flowers is a little more stubborn, you’ll need to use a can of compressed air to try and dislodge it.
You’ll find cans of compressed air at your nearest office supply store or computer store.
Be careful though – the powerful blasts of air may dislodge any delicate glued parts of your arrangement so this may not be the best option if your artificial flowers are especially fragile.
Free your Artificial Flowers of Dirt & Grime
Shake in a bag of coarse salt
Where a heavy level of dirt and grime has built up on the petals or stems of your artificial flowers, coarse salt can help to aid effective removal.
Place your flowers into a plastic zip bag along with a couple of spoons of table salt. Shake the bag gently for one minute before removing your flowers and dusting off any remaining salt.
The grains of table salt work as mild abrasives, helping to quickly loosen any heavily embedded dirt and grime. It works like magic!
Spray with a vinegar and water mixture
In the event that the table salt doesn’t do the trick, prepare a mixture of equal parts of distilled vinegar and water, shake vigorously and add to a spray bottle.
Spray the flowers very, very lightly with this mixture and leave to air dry. It should work to dissolve the build-up of dirt.
ALWAYS do a patch test first to ensure that the colours of your artificial flowers don’t run.
Cleanse with soap and warm water
Cleansing with soap and water can also do the trick. However, check with your artificial flower supplier to see whether this method is suitable for your particular type of artificial flowers as it’s not recommended for all.
If you get the go-ahead from your supplier, fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a couple of drops of liquid dish soap.
Gently swish your flowers in the water and rub slightly to remove dirt and grime. Blot them dry with a towel – rubbing the flowers may loosen their parts so blotting is important.
Whether you’re looking to clean your artificial orchid flower arrangement or it’s your artificial wedding flowers that need attention, we hope that this guide helps you to restore your beautiful flowers to their former glory!
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