If you don’t have a green thumb, fake plants are the perfect way to add a nice decorative touch to any room. However, these plants can quickly collect dust and lose their “real” look. Clean your fake plants quickly and easily with these steps to keep them looking their best.
How to Clean Silk Plants
Silk plants should not get wet, as it can damage them. This method removes the debris without cleaning the plants with water. This will also work well for other fabric plants, such as polyester.
You Will Need:
- Bag large enough to hold the silk plants
- Nylon pantyhose
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments
Steps to Clean Silk Plants:
- Fill the bag with salt. The amount of salt will depend on the size and the amount of buildup on the plant. You will need enough to cover the surface areas of the plant that are unclean.
- Place the plant in the bag with the salt.
- Shake the bag around. As you are shaking, the salt will adhere to the sticky surfaces.
- Remove the plant and allow the salt to absorb the debris on the surface for about an hour.
- Cover the attachment of a vacuum with nylon pantyhose. Secure it so the hose is stretched tightly over the end.
- Use the vacuum to remove the dried salt from the plant. With the salt, the debris on the plants will be removed as well.
- Repeat as needed until the plant is clean.
How to Clean Plastic Plants
Plastic plants are more durable and are able to get wet. This makes them easier to clean even if they cannot be removed from their container.
You Will Need:
- Sink, tub or bucket
- Mild detergent (optional)
- Soft cloths
Steps to Clean Plastic Plants:
- If the plant cannot be removed from its container and the container cannot get wet too, put the container in a trash bag and tie the bag around the base of the plant with a string.
- Begin by filling a sink, tub or bucket with warm water.
- If the plants are especially dirty, add a small amount of a mild detergent like dish liquid.
- Move the plants around in the water to remove the dust and dirt.
- Use a soft cloth to clean any stubborn areas with extra buildup.
- Rinse under clean water.
- Set in the sun to dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To prevent sticky buildup on fake plants, use a blow dryer to blow away dirt and debris weekly. Use a low, heat-free setting.
- If a shower or kitchen spray nozzle is available, they can work well for quick cleanings for plastic plants. Simply spray the plant clean and allow it to dry.
- If you want to polish plastic plants to make them shiny, put a couple drops of olive oil on a soft cloth and rub the cloth over the plant repeatedly. Rotate the cloth to a dry area and rub the plant again to fully remove all excess oil.