How to Clean Dried Flowers and Artificial Flowers

Fresh flowers can bring the beauty of the Victorian garden into your home. However this can become an expensive luxury that is often cutout to save on the household budget. A great alternative is to display dried or artificial flowers. They keep their eternal bloom and never need to be replaced. They do however gather up dust over time and need a quick cleaning to bring back their freshness.

Delicate Air Dusting

  • Sturdy Blooms - Either use a feather duster or a hair dryer on its coolest, lowest setting to blow off the dust.

  • Fragile Blooms or Dried Flowers – A turkey baster, is an unlikely but useful tool to squirt dust off your more fragile flowers.

Deep Cleaning Artificial Flowers

Plastic and fabric flowers can be cleaned with this method but I would approach dried flowers with extreme caution when applying this method (always test first on a small inconsequential bloom if you are willing to take the risk).

Step 1

Fill your sink or bucket/bath with enough cool water to submerge the artificial flowers. Add a little mild dish washing detergent to the water and agitate the water until foamy.

Step 2 Wash

Submerge the flowers into the water until covered. With a gentle motion raise and lower the flowers, and repeat.

Step 3 Rinse

Follow by filling your sink with fresh water and dunk the flowers into the water with a gentle motion. You may also rinse them with the spray nozzle at your sink or under the shower in your bathroom.

Multiple bunches of flowers – If you are going to be cleaning several bunches of flowers it might be worth your while to set up a cleaning station.

  • Bucket station – 1 with soapy water and another with fresh rinsing water

  • Bath station – fill the bath with soapy water and use the shower head in your bath to do the follow-up rinsing

  • Kitchen dual sink station – Fill one sink with soapy water and the other with the rinsing water or use the spray nozzle for the follow-up rinsing.

Step 4 – Drying

Let your flowers air dry completely.

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