5 ways to clean artificial plants
Is your synthetic plant dirty or dusty? Faux plants look somewhat realistic when they’re new. But as the years go by, they tend to be less practical and real. Their colours usually fade due to exposure to sunlight and accumulation of dust. Knowing how to clean artificial plants – whether they’re silk, plastic or metal – will help reduce the number of allergens and the amount of dust in your home’s/office’s air while maintaining the beauty of these ornate touches. Here are five ways to clean fake plants to make them look more lifelike, beautiful, and practical for longer.
The most convenient way to clean synthetic plants is to dust them. Take your artificial plants outside and shake them a little to remove the top layer of dust. After that, use a feather duster or microfiber cloth to wipe them. Be careful when using a dusting solution or a damp rag. These cleaners can discolour your faux plant. Therefore, test them on a small area before cleaning the entire thing.
Another way to clean artificial plants is to use a hair dryer or compressed air. Take your fake plants outside and aim a hair dryer (set to a low heat) at the leaves. Similarly, you can spray the flowers with compressed air. You can buy a can of compressed air at major computer department stores. An air compressor can come in handy too.
You can also clean your artificial plants with a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming gets rid of loose dirt and cobwebs on the plant. Use a vacuum with an attached brush. This prevents pulling out of the leaves and flowers. For safe and effective cleaning, you can use a small hand-held vacuum.
It’s recommended to dust artificial plants weekly. Regular dusting will remove loose dust and keep your plants cleaner between extensive cleanings. Once you have gotten rid of dirt, you can then clean your faux plants using:
If your plant is water resistant, you can wash it with water and soap. Fill your kitchen sink with water and add dish soap. Gently swirl the flowers and leaves in the water or rub them lightly to get rid of any stubborn grime. Dry the entire piece with a clean towel. Use caution when soaking and drying artificial plants. Soaking can erode the glue and weaken the floral tape. Drying can slacken individual parts of the plant. Alternatively, you can spray the plant with a garden hose.
Consider using vinegar, dishwashing liquid or plain water on synthetic plants. Mist the plants gently with a mixture of water and vinegar and allow them to dry. You can also use an ammonia-based cleaner, for instance, a window cleaner. However, not all plants are created equal. So test them (in a discrete place) to make sure their colours won’t fade when using ammonia cleaners.
Additional tip: To keep artificial plants looking sparkly clean, spray them with furniture polish. And clean woven containers and wicker baskets with an air compressor, vacuum cleaner or old toothbrush.