Faux florals bring the charm of natural blooms to your home in any season. These never wilt or dry, making them a practical alternative to real flowers. To keep them fresh and bright, it’s important to care for them properly. Enjoy their beauty for years with this guide on how to clean and store artificial flowers.
How to Care For Faux Flowers
Step 1 | Fluff Flowers Upon Unboxing
When you receive your artificial flowers, you’ll notice that they’re compressed for shipping. Carefully fluff the petals and leaves to create a fuller look. For tips on how to shape your artificial foliage, visit our guide here.
Step 2 | Check if They’re Safe for Outdoors
Some faux flowers are only for indoor or covered outdoor use. Before displaying them outside, check if they’re marked “Outdoor Safe.” These florals are specially crafted with UV protection to prevent sun damage and fading.
Step 3 | Protect Them From the Elements
Avoid exposing your artificial blooms to direct sunlight and extreme weather conditions. To minimize dust and fading, display them under a form of shade such as a canopy, archway, or pergola. We recommend outdoor display for up to three months per year to keep their colors vibrant and prevent white flowers from turning yellow.
Learn everything you need to know when buying artificial flowers through our detailed guide here.
How To Clean Artificial Flowers
Step 1 | Set a Schedule for Cleaning
The frequency of cleaning artificial flowers varies based on your location and weather conditions. We recommend that you dust them weekly or biweekly to keep dirt from building up.
Step 2 | Use a Soft, Dry Cloth or Fabric Duster
The best way to clean and freshen up artificial florals is by gently wiping them with a microfiber cloth. You may also use a fabric duster as an alternative.
Step 3 | Use a Soft-Bristle Paintbrush for Topiaries
To avoid spreading dust inside your home, clean topiaries outdoors. Start brushing surfaces from the top to remove any dirt. If your plants are pre-lit, take care not to tug on or remove the light strings.
Step 4 | Avoid Water or Chemicals
Do not wash your flowers or apply chemicals such as silk flower cleaning sprays or artificial plant cleaners. Using these may damage your faux flowers or dissolve binding agents that hold the components together.
Step 5 | Clean the Water Illusion
Some flower arrangements come with an acrylic water illusion. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the flowers and stems first, then wipe the acrylic surface. Wrap the microfiber cloth around a narrow rod, like a pencil or chopstick, to reach small spots.
How To Store Artificial Flowers
Proper storage helps keep your artificial blooms clean and in the best shape. Here are tips on how to store faux flowers to preserve their beauty and realism for years.
Step 1 | Choose Your Storage Area
Keep them away from direct heat and light, such as a closet or attic. You may also hang floral wreaths and garlands on a door or inside your wardrobe.
Step 2 | Clean Before Storing
Make sure to clean artificial flowers following the cleaning tips mentioned above. If you used the item outdoors, air it out and dry thoroughly prior to storing.
Step 3 | Use a Durable Storage Container
Keep your florals in shape with padded storage bags or airtight plastic containers. For oversized items, use a large plastic bag or cloth cover bag to keep dust from accumulating.
Step 4 | Space Items Properly When Packing
Allow enough breathing room between arrangements. When necessary, use separate containers for each piece to protect their shape.