How to Clean Fake Plants

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  1. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    You can ‘dust’ fake plants with a can of compressed air, the kind you use to clean out a computer. The long tube on the can lets you dust hard to reach parts of flower arrangements without disarranging the flowers.

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  2. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    If you have plastic or cheap cloth flowers (don’t try it with silk!), use the washing machine to clean them when they get dingy. Put the flowers into a pillow case, fold the open top of the case over like you were folding a bag closed and use safety pins to keep it shut, then wash in cold water on gentle with no detergent. Air dry the flowers upright in a vase, and reshape them if needed while they’re still wet.

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  3. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    I’ve tried it all, and the best and easiest way, although not the cheapest, is to get a can of silk flower cleaner. You just spray it on and the dust disappears.

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  4. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    If your fake plants or flowers have paper-wrapped stems, you absolutely can’t clean them with anything liquid. Period. Ever.

    Ditto for plastic or cloth flowers that have been painted to make them look prettier. Brush the dust off with something soft, like a makeup brush, and try to put the arrangement someplace where it won’t get too dirty.

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  5. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    I had a neighbor who used to do this to clean fake flowers. Put equal amounts of cornmeal and salt, say half a cup or so each, into a bag, put the flowers in the bag, and then shake the bag gently for a couple of minutes. Supposedly this gets off all the dust and won’t damage expensive silk flowers.

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  6. Lynn
    November 24, 2007

    Dad once threw our old fake Christmas tree in the back of his truck and then went through the local car wash with it. It was weird, and the tree lost some plastic needles, but it was a lot cleaner!

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  7. Donna
    November 24, 2007

    Spray leaves with Lysol till wet. Let dry–dust gone!

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  8. Michelle Lowe
    January 9, 2009

    For cheap fake silk plants, place them in the top rack of the dishwasher and run it on quick cycle. Don’t use a heated dry cycle. Silk looked great!

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  9. Victoria
    April 28, 2009

    If you have plants with dust or dirt on them, just take them outside and spray gently with a hose. Then, just lay them out in the sun to dry. It will soon have a silky feeling and a shiny look! :)

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  10. Angie
    August 11, 2009

    Take your plants in the bathroom when you take a hot shower, the steam will either sweat off the dust or loosen it up and it will wipe right off.

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  11. Frances
    July 9, 2010

    The dishwasher on the quick wash cycle first for a couple of minutes using a small amount of detergent, stop the cycle and then a rinse only cycle is working great for me! No heat, no heated dry, shaking them outside to get the extra water off.

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  12. Jessica
    February 11, 2011

    I second the Lysol. I have used this for years and always have people ask, “how do you keep your artificial plants dust-free.”

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  13. Shirley
    November 25, 2013

    These are huge silk plants. Will Lysol work on them…?

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  14. Dgarcia
    March 22, 2014

    Lysol works great on huge silk plants!!

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  15. Stacie
    February 13, 2015

    Leaf curl on a silk plant/tree left outside over night? Help.

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