Make your silk flowers think Spring. Place the silk flowers into a large bag and pour in one cup of Morton's Salt. Shake vigorously. Remove. And voilà Your flowers are clean.
By MrsMoted2 (05/19/2005)
I've heard of using raw rice before, never salt. Whatever works or whatever you happen to have on hand. (05/20/2005)
This has worked for me for years.
I turn the arrangement on an angle over the kitchen sink and using the pull out faucet, spray them with water from the faucet. Shake it good. You can lay it on the side in a dish drainer to drain further for awhile.
The larger tree type silk plants. Take them outside and spray with the garden hose and let dry outside on a warm sunny day. (05/20/2005)
Make sure of the type of floral material before using anything gritty or grainy. Many floral arrangements these days are created with latex or poly flowers. In these cases, each petal and leaf should be cleaned individually. I use a very mild solution of CLEAR dish washing liquid and water applied with cotton balls.
If the arrangement is a Water Illusion, the 'acrylic water' can be cleaned with the same solution, but must be 'rinsed' with plain water, and dried, or it will film over. I simply use more cotton balls to do this.
If the florals are arranged in river rocks or tiny stones, they can be removed, rinsed in a stainer and replaced without disturbing the design. The florals will actually be set in foam or clay beneath the rocks.
The process is time consuming, but well worth it for these delicate florals. (05/20/2005)
By Gail C
Salt does work for me. You can clean artificial flowers and, the best way to do that is to put them in a bag with salt. The salt picks up the dust almost like a magnet and takes it off the artificial flowers. Also saves on soap and water as well as not throwing them away and spending more money.
Place in dishwasher and run through economy wash cycle. Works Great. (09/12/2005)
I use canned air on my silk flowers - just be sure to keep a safe distance from the arrangement so you don't blow it apart! (09/13/2005)
I was just watching "How Clean is your House?" late last night on TV and they were cleaning silk flowers.
She swished them in to a tub filled with warm water and bubble bath and then rinsed them in another tub filled with warm water and a little fabric softener. She said that made them clean AND smell good.
By Cindy S.
You can also clean your silk flowers by using a cheap hair spray. We had a fire in my home several years ago and the restoration women used a can of hair spray. I was amazed at how clean the flowers became (09/19/2005)
As a former floral designer, I clean my dusty silk plants by simply hosing them off outside and laying them on their sides or upside down to dry in the sun. Bring them in when dry, tweak a few stems and they'll be good as new.
By Linda (09/22/2005)
When you need to wash dusty silk flowers or greenery, don't forget about the top rack of your dish washer. It does a great job on a short cycle, with no heat dry cycle.
By Pandabear (09/22/2005)
You can also run your bathtub full of hot soapy water & just toss in the greenery. Let them sit for an hour or so, submerged in the water. Drain the tub & rinse with cold water. Take outside, shake off excess water & let them air dry. They're good as new, again!
Okay, you may think this is strange, but...I have mostly fresh plants in my living room. But also, I have a swag of artificial greens over my swag valance in my large window and a couple of very attractive grren artificial plants in very nice pots that are so very real looking. Plus in my bedrooms I have silks flowers in vases. Also in each bathroom. And yes, do they ever get dusty. That drives me nuts.
Now, this is what I do every 6 months. I fill the tub with very warm water only about 2-4 inches deep. Add 2 cap fulls of Downy, mix it well. Have all your loose flowers and your plant on the bathroom floor. Cover your floor with a large heavy towel. With the loose silk flowers, take as many as you can hold in your hand, by the stems, and swish them gently in the warm water, not briskly. only for about 15 seconds. Lye them on the towel to dry. The ones that are in a pot, if they can be pulled out of the pot, do so. If not, just turn the pot upside down, and swish the leaves or flowers around in the warm water for about 30 seconds. Then keep them upside down on the towel to dry. This works very well, and they dry with a clean fresh smell that stays with them. Try it with one or two stems and you will love it.
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