Artificial plants and trees have come a long way since the cheap, mass produced Christmas trees that looked nothing like the real thing. Modern artificial plants allow homeowners to enjoy the beauty and ambience of greenery, without the mess or the chore of potting and watering. For those like myself who seem to kill every plant we touch, an artificial plant or a silk tree can add life to a room and enhance interior decor, with hardly any effort.
However, artificial plants, while easy to keep and maintain, have to be cleaned periodically, as with any other ornament in your home. Artificial plants and trees seem to attract dust, and an unclean artificial plant soon looks shabby and lifeless, detracting from the feel of your room and destroying the overall look. Artificial plants need regular cleaning, although incorporating it as part of your normal cleaning routine will ensure that it is not a chore, only taking a few minutes of your time.
Every few days, when you clean around your house, get into the habit of giving your artificial plants and trees a light dusting. A feather duster does the job perfectly well, and running it quickly over the leaves and down the stems will remove the vast majority of the dust, leaving your artificial plants looking clean and fresh.
Every couple of weeks, you should probably give your artificial plants a deeper clean, ensuring that every single nook and crevice is cleaned with the feather duster. If any parts look particularly grubby, a soft, damp rag can be used to clean off the worst of the dirt, although you should be careful not to saturate the cloth or rub too hard.
Finally, every three months or so, you can treat your artificial plants with either a soap & water mixture, or one of many artificial plant cleaners that are available to purchase. This will help dissolve the dust and should leave a warm, natural sheen on the foliage and stems of your artificial plants and trees. After this, your plants will be as pristine and beautiful as when they came out of the box.
Hand crafted artificial plants can be delicate, so you should avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals. If you follow the above advice, this routine will keep your artificial plants and trees looking lifelike and natural, rather than tired and neglected.
It really is as simple as that, and takes very little time, especially when compared with the level of care required for tending live trees. Artificial plants can set the overall tone for a room, forming the foundations of an interior design, so keeping them clean and fresh-looking not only ensures that they are beautiful additions, but also ensures that they will last for a long time.