Knowing how to clean fake plants helps reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home’s air while preserving the beauty of these decorative touches.
For those who don’t have a green thumb, plastic and silk plants or flowers can soften a room’s look and add a colorful touch. These days, artificial arrangements are so well-made that it’s often difficult to tell them apart from the real thing — unless they’re covered in layers of dust and grime. Fortunately, it’s easy to clean these home accents.
How To Clean Fake Plants
If your artificial plant is relatively new and only lightly dusty, a quick once-over with an electrostatic duster will keep it looking brand new. For more stubborn grime, follow the methods below.
Individual Fake Flowers
Insert them flower-end first into a pillowcase. Add 1 cup of table salt or cornmeal. Holding the pillowcase closed around the stems, gently shake the flowers, so the salt/cornmeal knocks away remaining dust on the plants. Remove the stems one from the pillowcase one at a time, flicking them gently to dislodge any remaining salt.
Plastic or Polyester Plants
Shake them outside to dislodge as much dust as possible. For arrangements permanently fixed in a container, fasten a garbage bag around the base of the stems to the pot dry. Rinse the foliage under a steady stream of cold water. (Hot water might cause the colors to run.)
If they you can remove them from the container, swish the foliage in a sink filled with cold water and one teaspoon liquid dish detergent then rinse with the hose sprayer. Shake lightly and wrap a towel around the base of the plant to catch excess water as it dries.
Give them a thorough dusting to start. Next, fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of cold water and fragrance- and dye-free rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits in the UK). Wrap a towel around the base of the plant to catch drips and very thoroughly spray the foliage. Grime will slide off, carrying along any dust with it. Use a hair dryer on the cool setting to quickly dry the plant.
You can add a nice shine to artificial plastic plants by wiping the leaves with a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with furniture polish.
Use an old toothbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove grime in tight spots.
Vacuum artificial arrangements safely by slipping an old nylon over your machine’s hose attachment. The nylon will allow the vacuum to clean away dust without pulling the decorations apart.