Cleaning silk flowers

Old 03-09-2014, 04:35 PM
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My neighbor is moving and gave me three large silk/plant flower arrangements. They are quite lovely but dusty. Is there an easy way to clean the flower pedals and leaves besides wiping each individual pedal and leaf? I've never owned artificial plants before so I have no idea where to start.

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Old 03-09-2014, 04:46 PM
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I just cleaned mine before I moved by lightly spraying with the sprayer on my kitchen faucet in sink and they cleaned them up nicely. Mine are all leaves and hearty floral, nothing that looks delicate. Laid them out on the towel to dry. Then I went back with a wet paper towel and a little bit of dishwater soap to get the small sections the water missed. There use to be product sold at Costco but it was a tad expensive for my budget. Mine are outside plants since I wasn't born with a green thumb!!
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I put mine in the shower ( warm water and low pressure) about every 6 months... I was a bit scared at first but got tired of trying to dust each leaf and petal. Too my surprise and delight that came out like new!
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:56 PM
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I do mine like Lori S. If they're really forty I spray them with a diluted cleaner, then rinse. I do it outside in the summer time so I can spray all the surfaces.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:53 PM
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I put mine in dish soap and water, gently swish, then put in rinse water, gently swish, then gently spray, then put on a towel to dry.
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I was always told never use water to clean silk plants and flowers. I put mine in a paper bag with course salt and shake it up it knocks the dust and cobwebs off. I then shake them off outside.
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I clean mine with an air compressor. Works well on lampshades too!
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I'm another who pops them in the shower. Works great and haven't had any adverse effects yet. Will sit them outside in the shade to dry most times.
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Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
I put mine in dish soap and water, gently swish, then put in rinse water, gently swish, then gently spray, then put on a towel to dry.
This is how I do mine too.
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I use the salt and shake method too. Instant satisfaction.
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