How to Clean Artificial Flowers

Artificial plants made from silk can be both beautiful and practical. While they don't require the care that living plants will need, such as watering and fertilizing, they will still require regular cleaning to look their best. Dusting or washing delicate silk parts can be intimidating, but you can learn how to clean artificial flowers effectively by following a few steps.


  1. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 1
    Dust the flowers lightly with a feather duster. This is the quickest and easiest method for cleaning artificial plants, but 1 of the least effective. A feather duster will not remove any built-up grime or heavy dust, but using it regularly will remove a little dust and keep your artificial flowers cleaner between deep cleanings.
  2. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 2
    Spray the flowers with compressed air. Cans of compressed air are sold in office supply stores for keeping computer keyboards clean. You can use them on your silk flowers to loosen stubborn dust pretty effectively, but you run the risk of dislodging delicately glued parts. If you think your flowers can withstand a heavy gust of air without damage, this is a good option.
  3. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 3
    Spray the flowers with a silk flower cleaning spray. These sprays are specially designed to dissolve dust on contact without leaving any sticky residue. To use the spray, simply mist the flowers lightly; no wiping is required. Cleaning sprays can be quite effective, but they are generally very expensive.
  4. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 4
    Shake the artificial flowers in a bag of salt. Place the flowers in a plastic zip-top bag along with a few spoonfuls of coarse salt (kosher salt works very well). Shake the bag gently for 1 minute. The grains of salt will act as mild abrasives, gently loosening dust and grime. When you're done, remove the flowers from the bag and shake off the remaining salt. Be wary of damaging delicate parts using this method.
  5. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 5
    Spray the flowers with a mixture of vinegar and water. If you think your flowers can safely withstand a little moisture, fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and distilled vinegar. Mist the flowers very lightly with the mixture and allow them to air dry. You may want to place a towel under the flowers to absorb any drips.
  6. Image titled Clean Artificial Flowers Step 6
    Clean your silk flowers with soap and water. This is the most effective way to clean artificial flowers, but it can easily cause damage to them by warping the fabric or loosening the glue. Fill your sink with room-temperature water and add a few drops of dish soap. Gently swish each flower around in the water, rubbing lightly to remove any stubborn grime. Immediately take the flower out of the water and blot the entire piece dry with a clean towel. Rubbing with the towel may loosen the flower's parts.


  • For better results, you can dismantle any of the flower's parts that will come apart. This will allow easier access for cleaning.

Things You'll Need

  • Artificial flowers
  • Feather duster
  • Compressed air
  • Silk flower cleaning spray
  • Plastic zip-top bag
  • Coarse salt
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Towel
  • Dish soap

Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art