Asked on Aug 20, 2014

What is the best way to clean dusty silk flowers?

Peggy Marlowe
by Peggy Marlowe
Please help me clean my beautiful but dusty silk flowers.
  9 answers
  • Use your blow dryer to blow dust

  • Time With Thea Time With Thea on Aug 20, 2014
    Place silk flowers or the silk arrangement in a large plastic garbage bag. Pour in some pickling salt (about 1/2 cup) and shake the bag gently up and down ensuring the salt moves around the flowers. The salt will scrape away the dust. I do this once a year with all of the silk plants in my home.

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    • Time With Thea Time With Thea on Aug 21, 2014
      @Liliana Wells I can't speak knowledgeably about kosher salt but I think it should be OK because like @Tabby said you want a coarse not fine salt. I don't use water on my silk flowers/arrangements because I find the dust can turn to 'mud' when mixed with water creating more of a mess. Try it with just one flower and see if you are happy with the results.

  • Melissa Fotheringham Melissa Fotheringham on Aug 21, 2014
    For years I have put my silk plants (no flowers, just greenery) into a lingerie bag in the washer on the gentle cycle, cold water, no soap (unless they were in the kitchen and had greasy dust - then a small amount of something mild, like Dreft baby soap). Then I let them air dry - usually in the driveway or the yard on a sunny day. They dry fast and look brand new. I have lost a leaf or two each time...sometimes I can put it back on the plant, mostly it's not noticeable.

  • Cathy W Cathy W on Aug 21, 2014
    Hose them off if they aren't in arrangement. And let them dry in the open air. Or use Silks Alive Floral Spray if they are in an arrangement. We used both ways in our flower shop!

  • Handy Lady Red Handy Lady Red on Aug 21, 2014
    It depends on if they are in an arrangement or single but i use an air tank and spray them with air or caned air for delicate areas if realy dirty you can wash them in the sink with a soft toothbrush (pick the flower's or leave on depending on arrangement or not) then set aside to dry or place in pillowcase and dry on low. You don't want to melt the plastic. After you get it clean get a can of Aqua. Net hairspray and spray your flower's then all you have to do is go outside and shake them to get the dust off. Works on silk ivy too.

  • Lar360819 Lar360819 on Aug 21, 2014
    I put a plastic bag around the vase/pot to cover the base, if it is an arrangement and swish the flowers in warm soapy water, then rinse. Let air dry.

  • Sarah Johnson Sarah Johnson on Aug 21, 2014
    I am not sure about this so test it first as it has been many years since I had silk flowers or any flowers for that matter but place in a bag and add salt and shake , it should remove the dust.

  • Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle on Aug 21, 2014
    I've always just put them in the dish drainer and gently sprayed with the kitchen sink sprayer. Then let them dry out in the drainer too.

  • Laurie Laurie on Aug 21, 2014
    Put them in a Dryel home dry cleaning bag and throw them in the dryer. Works like a charm and will even bring the aroma back to old eucalyptus.