One of the core benefits of artificial flowers is their longevity. Artificial flowers can maintain the beautiful appearance and rich colour of fresh flowers for months and even years.
That said; they do need some care and attention to look stay looking fresh and vibrant.
Apart from removing dust etc, if artificial flower arrangements are displayed indoors on a window sill or in direct view of sunlight, on grave sites or elsewhere outdoors, they may be subject to fading from exposure to the elements.
Luckily, there are some key steps you can take to prevent colour fading and ensure your artificial flowers continue to hold their beauty for many years.
We’ve compiled a quick guide of 3 important steps you can take to maintain the appearance of your artificial flower arrangements.
How to Keep Your Artificial Flowers from Fading
Provide Adequate Shelter
Take specific action to minimise direct exposure of your artificial flowers to the elements. Try to enforce some level of shade and shelter by placing them under an archway, canopy or sill.
If this isn’t possible, consider providing shelter in the form of a plastic container. There are some beautiful sealed plastic containers and cases available for housing artificial flower displays which won’t deter from the beauty of your arrangement.
If all else fails, simply move your arrangements indoors or away from windows when difficult weather conditions or sustained periods of sunshine are expected to ensure protection when the threat of fading and damage is most prominent..
Use Fabric Protection Spray
Depending on the type of artificial flowers that you have, you may be able to apply a fabric protection spray to ensure UV resistance and prevent fading.
You should speak to your artificial flowers supplier to discover whether a fabric protection spray can be used on the flowers that you have purchased and which specific type of spray they recommend.
Top Tip! Lay your artificial flowers down on some sheets of old newspaper in a well ventilated area.
Apply the UV resistant spray in sweeping motions and leave to dry for approximately 10 minutes before you place your artificial flowers back in the path of direct sunlight or weather exposure.
The spray effectively adds an extra layer of durability to the materials used in your artificial flowers.
Regular Cleaning and Dusting
Key to preventing your artificial flower displays from fading is to ensure regular dusting and cleaning. We know it might sound like a bore but build-ups of dust and dirt can cause premature fading of the materials used in your flowers.
Top Tip! Regularly dust your artificial flowers with a feather duster or use a hairdryer or can of compressed air to dislodge deeply embedded dust and dirt that lies in hard to reach places.
For a more intensive clean, wipe down your artificial flowers and plants with a clean cloth that has been dipped in soapy water.
Gently clean the leaves and stems of your flower arrangement before leaving them to air dry.
We’ve just given you the secrets to stop artificial flowers fading and it’s now up to you to put them into practice.
If you really want to keep your arrangement(s) for as long as possible, it’s essential that you take this care and maintenance routine seriously.
We’d love to know if the tips above are working for you!