How to Clean Silk Flowers

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Flowers add beauty and charm to your home, but real ones fade too fast. Silk flowers will last for years, but over time, dust collects on the petals and leaves. A dusty, dirty flower arrangement makes a room look dated and may give visitors a bad impression. Even though silk flowers have a lot of surface area, they don’t take long to clean. You can get your flowers free of dust and ready for display in minutes.

Take the silk flowers outside for cleaning so you don’t spread dust around your home.

Brush the flower petals, leaves and stems with a clean makeup brush or toothbrush. Wipe away as much dust as possible. Alternatively, blow the flowers with a hairdryer set on low speed if you have an outlet outdoors. Use the dryer’s cool-air setting if available; hot air can melt the glue between the petals and stems.

Fill a plastic bag about halfway with salt or uncooked rice. Put the flowers in the bag, then gently shake the bag several times. The salt or rice helps remove dust from hard-to-reach spots.

Fill a large bowl with warm water, then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Swish the flowers around in the water a few times.

Rinse the flowers gently with clean, cool water. Set the flowers on a stack of paper towels to dry.

Things Needed

Makeup brush or toothbrush
Hairdryer (optional)
Plastic bag
Salt or uncooked rice
Large bowl
Liquid dish soap
Paper towels

Do not submerge hand-wrapped flowers in water; doing so may damage them.

Many florists sell canned silk-flower cleaner. Use it if you’d rather not get your flowers wet. It’s ideal for pricey or hand-wrapped arrangements.

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