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How To Clean Silk Flowers & Plants

Updated on August 10, 2015
Silk'n Splendor silk flower and plant cleaner.
Silk'n Splendor silk flower and plant cleaner.

Silk'n Splendor To The Rescue

During this time of year many of us get tired of dusting our silk flowers, trees or plants because it seems like as soon as we do the next week their dusty again. There are many ideas and suggestions on the best way to clean your silk plants but most are time consuming and labor intensive. Some companies have come up with products to make your cleaning your artificial flowers easy and effortless along with preventing dust build up in the future. Let's face it artificial flower arrangements are magnets for dust but with a good silk flower cleaner like Silk'n Splendor you can clean and protect your artificial flowers in one step.

Silk'n Splendor is a water based cleaner that is specifically made to clean, beautify and protect your expensive silk flowers and plants. It's such an easy way to clean your beautiful arrangements as it only takes one application in most cases to clean them.

1. Place your artificial flower arrangement either outside or spread towels around it because the product will drip a bit.

2. Generously spray down the arrangement with the spray until it begins dripping. Make sure to get into all the petals and leaves that are exposed.

3. Let it drip dry and you're done!

If there is extensive dust build up a second treatment may be necessary. When it's clean it leaves a sheen on your flowers to give them that brand new look. the silicone sheen will also help repel dust from building up in the future therefore requiring less cleaning. When it does need additional cleaning usually it's a light spraying of Silk'n Splendor that will do the trick. So don't throw out your old, dusty artificial flower and plants, refresh them with an easy spritz cleaning of silk plant cleaner. You can pick it up at many local craft stores or online for reasonable pricing for a 24oz bottle and also can be purchased as a gallon refill to save money. Don't think the more expensive ones are better than the lower priced ones because the least expensive silk flower cleaner we've tested have been the best by far.

You Don't Have To Clean Them Like This

You don't want to be doing this to every leaf on your silk plant or tree to keep it clean.
You don't want to be doing this to every leaf on your silk plant or tree to keep it clean.

Silk Plant Cleaner Recipe

For those of you that don't want to spend the money on the commercial cleaners, here's a quick recipe that works well. We recommend trying this recipe on a part of your artificial plants and flowers that is inconspicuous because you want to make sure it doesn't damage or fade the color. Every silk flower and plants is manufactured differently although this should be safe for most and the best thing is to test before going all in when it comes to any cleaning product. So below is a simple recipe you can mix in a spray bottle and use to clean your artificial flowers, plants and trees for very little money.

Ingredients Needed: Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol), Water, Spray Bottle

1. Fill the spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of alcohol and water then mix together well.

2. Spray your artificial flowers generously until it's dripping.

3. Let dry and repeat if necessary.

Note that silk flowers and plants pick up odors in the room they are placed so if there are any odors locked in the plant they may come out when cleaned. This is not the cleaner but rather the trapped odors within the fabric itself.

The dust drips off with the water and the alcohol makes the plant dry faster. This solution doesn't work as well as the commercial cleaners but it is a good alternative to the more expensive cleaners.

All the people that asks us how to clean artificial flowers, there it is. Two different ways to clean them depending on your budget and needs. I hope this helps and if there is any questions please let me know and I'll try to answer them as well as I can. Remember always test before using any cleaner on your expensive artificial flowers and plants.

Below are some products we've used and trust that have worked well cleaning artificial flowers and plants.

Keep Your Artificial Flower Arrangements Looking New

Professionals know how to clean artificial flowers and use the commercial cleaners in their showrooms and just before trade shows.
Professionals know how to clean artificial flowers and use the commercial cleaners in their showrooms and just before trade shows. | Source


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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      cyoung35, I will have to give this a try. I hope I can find this in a local store. Voted up and Useful and Interesting.

      Best Shyron

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      If they're really dusty you may need to spray them down generously a couple times.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have two very dusty and miserable looking palm trees sitting in my livingroom. I have tried cleaning them by spraying them and wiping them down only to get frustrated. I will definately have to look into this since silk plants are the only ones that I can keep alive! :)