Cleaning Your Silk Plants

Do you have silk flower arrangements, trees, or plants that are in need of cleaning? There are many different methods you can use to clean your silk flowers, trees, or plants. The method you choose will depend on a few factors: How much time do you have? How are your silk flowers put together? What are they made out of? It is very important that you determine the delicateness of your silk flowers or plants before you try to clean them. Sturdier flowers can be washed (but do not scrub any of your silk flowers or plants as this may damage the fabric and fray the ends.)

If you are limited on time (guests are coming over in an hour and you want to spruce up your silk flower arrangements or plants!) you can use one of these quick ‘dry’ methods.

  • Use your feather duster and lightly dust your plants.
  • Take out your hairdryer, turn it on cool, and gently blow the dust off.
  • Buy a can of compressed air and gently blow the dust off. Be careful not to get too close when spraying or you will risk damaging the flowers.
  • Find a soft-bristle paint brush and brush the dust off each leaf or flower.
  • If you can take apart and reassemble your arrangement or your plants are small enough to fit into a paper or large plastic bag, you can try the salt shaking method; place your flowers into the bag, add course salt (1/4 to 1/2 cup depending on the size of your flowers) and shake gently for a few minutes.

For sturdier, less delicate flowers or plants, you can use one of these ‘wet’ methods:

  • Mix equal parts isopropyl alcohol (60–70%) and water into a spray bottle. (Before spraying the entire plant or flower, test a small area for colorfastness). Hold a cloth or paper towel underneath each flower or leaf and spray liberally. The dust should run off and the isopropyl alcohol solution should evaporate quickly leaving your plants clean and dust free. (You can also try this method using white vinegar, however, it will not evaporate as quickly).
  • Fill a sink or other receptacle with cool water. Add a small amount of lemon dishwashing liquid and mix it together. Swish your flowers or plants around gently in the water & detergent mixture. Rinse with cool water if needed. Blot (do not rub) dry or hang them upside down and let them air dry.

And as always, if you have any questions about your silk flowers, plants, or trees, the Pottery World Floral Experts are always happy to help. Just give us a call – (916) 624-8080.

  • Meg Dondero

    Do you have to use a Paper Bag, or can you use a plastic bag (to clean silk plants using salt)? 🙂

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