Safest Way to Clean Houseplants
A plant that is pest free is ready to be cleaned. The supplies needed are a feather duster, a clean, dry soft cloth, mild dish soap, unscented baby wipes, and a misting bottle of Foliglo or Schultz Plant Shine.
Do not use any milk or any oil products to clean your plants. Using milk or oil products will clog the pores, and the plants will not be able to breathe or experience proper photosynthesis.
Foliglo is a plant polish made by Knoll Bio Products. It helps clean the indoor plant and maintain its natural shine. Foliglo is available via professional Interiorscape companies. They are companies that take care of indoor plants in offices or executive homes. I use it because one of my clients is an Interiorscape company. I found a product just as good called . It contains no oil, so it doesn’t clog the pores and works well. Schultz Plant Shine
Mild soap with water cuts the grease and lifts the lint from the plant. I use ECOS dish soap because it is organic and unscented, which is gentle on plants.
Unscented baby wipes are very effective and safe for small cleaning tasks. However, some leaves with a natural fuzziness (e.g. violets) should not be wiped at all.
Cleaning House Plant Leaves with Mayonnaise
A product good for humans, it does not necessarily mean it is good for your indoor plants. According to some professional plant care providers, the most common mistakes made when cleaning a plant are using products which hurt the plant, such as mayonnaise, milk, and household oils. These are great beauty aids for people but not for plants. Plants breathe through their leaves. Household oils and milk-based products prevent them from breathing because they clog the leave’s pores.
The same location where you treat your plants for insects is a perfect place to clean your plants. When doing a thorough cleaning, it best to do it outside in the shade provided the weather is not too hot or too cold. Direct sunlight is not good for any indoor plant because it easily sunburns. If you must clean your plants indoors, use a tarp, shower stall, or bathtub.
Solution to Clean Houseplants
Start from the top of the plant using the Swifter. I dust the plant top to bottom. The video shows how simple it is to dust leaves of a plant. Once all dust is off the plant, I spray the plant with Foliglo or Schultz Plant Shine until the plant drips with the solution. I let the plant stand until the solution has completely dried or is nearly dry on the plant. The plant looks speckled when the solution dries. I use a dry clean cloth and gently wipe the plant until all the speckles are gone. I brace the backside of the leaf or leaf grouping while wiping the leaves of the plant. This way the leaves do not break off the plant. Wiping the leaves is a delicate task. A professional explained how palm leaves easily come off. I don’t have a palm, but if you happen to be cleaning a palm, hold the palm leaves where they connect to the stalk. Then, you gently wipe the palm leaf. You are done cleaning the plant when a nice shiny glow comes to light on the foliage.
I set a schedule for weekly cleanings. They can be concurrent with the weekly plant waterings. Only a few minutes is all I need to clean my well-maintained plants. Like a major cleaning, I start at the top and work my way down. It’s easy. You wipe off any dust or dirt you notice. The baby wipes come in handy for this task. Or, spray the Swifter with the Foliglo or Schultz Plant Shine and dust the plant. Make sure you use a new Swifter each time. Even a faint sign of dust on a plant cuts down the light the plant needs.
My plants look great because I keep them clean. You will notice it, too. Any room with indoor plants taken care of gives the interior a fresh and vibrant look. The environment is enhanced, giving pleasure to those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
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