Summer is here… and that means the water hose is hooked up. Whether you are washing the car, watering the garden, spraying off the walkway or the deck, cooling off the kids, or squirting the neighbor’s dog, the water hose and nozzle is probably one of the greatest tools for summer. It’s also a great cleaning tool for your really dirty silk trees and large artificial plants. Take a close look at your foliage décor. If your designs have been in place for more than a year, it’s probably a safe bet that there’s more dust present than you care to admit.

Silk Lace Aralia Tree

Silk Lace Aralia Tree

An occasional touch up with a Swiffer Duster, or a feather duster, and our Silk Flower Cleaner is normally enough to keep your trees and plants looking fresh and new. But when the dust and grime gets beyond that point, especially on large pieces, consider cleaning them with the garden hose.

Three Easy Steps:

  1. Cover the container with a plastic trash bag. Tie or tape it closed around the stems of the plant or around the trunk of the tree. This will help protect the container finish and its contents from taking on un-needed water.
  2. Adjust the hose nozzle to a spray or a mist, as when you water plants in the garden. Hold small plants upside down, spray upward from underneath, avoiding direct spray into the container, and rinse away the dust and debris from the leaves. Larger plants and trees may be leaned over a deck chair or railing, or laid flat on their sides. Rinse from top down, keeping direct spray away from the covered container; turn over, and rinse the other side. Silk foliage leaves are polyester, so they are basically “wash and wear”.
  3. Finally, gently shake off any excess water. Remove the plastic bag and towel dry any water from the container to avoid spotting. Allow the tree or plant to dry in the shade. Reposition any out of place stems or branches which may have been misaligned or bent during the cleaning process.

Note: If you don’t have access to a garden hose, or if you live in a condo or an apartment, follow these same steps using your shower head and let your silk plants drip-dry in the tub.

Enjoy your clean and fresh tree or plant design that should look as good as the day you bought it. You might consider a new location when returning it to the indoors. Cleaning time presents a great opportunity to re-arrange your interior accessories and refresh your look. And, of course, will always help you accessorize with our large selection of artificial trees, available in sizes from 5’ to 14’, and our many varieties of artificial floor plants and foliage designs.

Important to remember: We DO NOT recommend this water hose cleaning method for silk flowers and silk flower arrangements because they are constructed using a wide range of materials, colorants, and adhesives which may not be compatible with water. For silk flowers, we only recommend using our Silk Flower Cleaner.





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