laundering the green…

February 20th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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One of the many benefits of investing in silk plants vs real is their low-maintenance upkeep. Most quality silk flower arrangements, silk trees, and silk plants are now being made with a dust resistant spray applied to their leaves and petals to make sure the job of keeping them clean is as quick and efficient as possible. However, if your current plants and floral arrangements are not treated, here are some time-saving tips for keeping your investment in tip-top shape.

  • A weekly dust over with a swiffer duster sprayed with Endust is a good way to avoid the need for heavy cleaning.
  • For heavily soiled silk plants and silk trees, use indoor shower or outdoor garden hose to wash plant of buildup. Apply Simple Green or Windex to leaves and petals before spraying with water to restore your silk to its original vibrancy.

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  • For small silk flower arrangements, place flower part of arrangement into a bag with a cup of salt. Shake until dust has been lifted and salt has fallen back into bag. When finished, use a dry rag to gently dust off the salt residue and wipe off any dust or salt on the vase.

I don’t suggest blowing your plants with a compressor or hairdryer or even aerosol air spray can as that will only send the dust and dirt in a million other directions.

For your next silk plant or silk flower arrangement purchase, save yourself time and energy and consider one featuring a dust-resistance coating.

 

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