How to Care for Fake Flowers and Artificial Plants
Faux flowers 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 clean them properly. Enjoy their beauty for years with this guide on how to care for artificial florals.
STEP 1 | FLUFF FLOWERS UPON UNBOXING
When you receive your ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS, you’ll notice that they’re compressed for shipping.
Method a. Carefully fluff the petals and leaves to create a fuller look, in most cases, artificial flowers and plants are wired, you can easily adjust the branches as you desired.
Method b. If the flowers are horribly crushed during shipping, use a hair dryer with warm wind mode to fluff them up.
Method c. Most artificial flowers, or silk flowers, are made with a silk poly blend material or foam and making them come to life is so easy – you just need a little steam! For this you’ll need a steamer and clean filtered water. To use the steam method, gently roll the flower over the steam and you’ll see how the steam helps to open up the petals right away. For foam flowers, you can hold them in one place in front of the steam and the petals will open up but for silk flowers, you’ll need to move them. Guide the flowers so the steam helps to shape the flowers and petals, especially if you are steaming boutonnieres and corsages. For bouquets, the process is similar but you’ll want to spread the strands/stems out a bit before starting so petals have room to open up.
STEP 2 | CHECK IF THEY’RE SAFE FOR OUTDOORS
Some artificial 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 flowers 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.