Fake trees are naturally beautiful. They are perfect for those without a green thumb. You can conveniently take care of them. Summer, winter, or spring, no matter which season comes, they will delight you. You have to worry if you have them at your house because of their low maintenance cost & duties compared to their real counterparts.
Even though they require less maintenance, they can build up grime and dust over time that may be a hassle to get rid of. Therefore, there is this one question that boggles the mind of every fake tree owner. And that is- How to clean fake trees?
If you are searching for the same answer, look no further. In this comprehensive guide, we are going to share with you whatever you need to know about cleaning artificial or fake trees & bring them back to life again.
How to Clean Fake Trees
Multiple methods are available that you can follow in cleaning your fake trees. You can make them gleamy and shiny once again.
Let us delve deep and look into all of these five tricks in which you can get your faux trees cleaned and make them shiny and glossy all over again.
1) Duster Method
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Oh, here you know, dusting is probably the most straightforward and classic answer to that question. Well-known for low-maintenance cost & minimum responsibilities, artificial trees are getting much popular among everyone these days. Even though they do not need much care or maintenance, they can get really dirty & dusty if you do not clean them regularly. Hence, a simple solution to this problem is the classic duster method.
To do this, all you need is a feather duster. Dust your faux trees with your feather duster once in a week or during your furniture dusting session. Make sure you start from the top section & then gradually go down while dusting your trees. Regular dusting will keep dust and dirt away from your trees. If you don’t do so, your plants will develop tough dirt and dust that will be hard for you to remove.
2) Paintbrush Dusting
Follow this trick if you have not cleaned your fake trees in a while. You will need a paintbrush for this one. Look for it in your stores nearby. It’s available in different sizes. If your trees are small or medium in format, a one-inch paintbrush will do the job & if you have large-sized trees with larger leaves, then you will probably need a bigger brush.
First things first, carry your trees outside of your house. Then, begin brushing their leaves one by one with the paintbrush. Brush them starting from the top and gradually to the bottom. Make sure you do not miss any leaf. Do not forget to brush the non-leafy sections of your trees also since they accumulate dust as well. Lastly, separate your trees from their containers. Now brush them off along with the containers.
3) Bathtub Cleaning
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Let’s say you have such plants at home that you failed to clean by following dry-cleaning methods. Time to try something different then. Well, it’s time you try some liquid cleaning tricks. They are going to clean your trees, nice & deep. The first liquid cleaning trick that we have here is the bathtub cleaning. For this one, you will require your bathtub, water & any liquid soap product.
First, take your trees to your bathroom and then toss them in the bathtub one at a time. Remember to lay your trees sideways so that you can clean them properly. Focus on their leafy or flower sections. Now spray water over them to make them ready for cleaning. Now take some liquid soap and mix it up with some water.
Now use a sprayer to spray the mixture over your trees. Spray right, so that the mixture reaches each & every part of your tree. Now leave them like that for 10 minutes. Come back and spray only water over your trees in a similar fashion. Let the trees drip of the water. Now, take a soft wet sponge and wipe your trees carefully. When you finish, carry your trees outside under the sunlight to dry them up.
4) Shower Trick
This one is kind of similar to the bathtub method. To start, Take your artificial trees to your bathroom. Place them under your running shower to get them wet & ready for cleaning. Now, turn off your shower & take a soft sponge & moisten it using a mixture of liquid soap and water. Next, wipe the leaves and other parts of your trees with the wet sponge carefully. Finally, turn on the shower again to wash off the dust and grime from your trees. After you complete your washing, take them outside and keep them under the sunlight to make them dry and clean.
5) Special Plant Solutions
How to make artificial plants shine? The methods mentioned above can do the job of cleaning. But restoring the greenness, shine, and luster is not their thing. But don’t you worry! Because special plant solutions are here to save the day.
So much efficient they are thanks to their active cleaning and polishing ingredients. Purchase any right quality liquid plant solution according to your plant type. Then spray it on your plants and wipe them carefully to clean them and bring back their shine, luster, and lifelikeness once again. And that was how to make artificial trees shine.
6) A Homemade Liquid Cleaner Method
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A homemade liquid cleaner can be your solution. An easy DIY trick it is. Very simple & cheap but also useful at the same time. Exclusive plant solutions are certainly the most effective for cleaning fake plants, but they are expensive.
Its where a homemade liquid cleaner can help you. You can prepare a liquid silk plant cleaner right at your home with some accessible ingredients. Store the prepared liquid in a spray bottle afterward. We will tell you how to make it, but let us look at the cleaning procedure before.
To clean your trees with your homemade cleaner, spray it over the leaves and eventually all over the tree. After spraying a considerable amount of cleaning liquid, take a microfiber cloth, and carefully remove the whole tree. Wipe one section at a time. Place one hand under the portion you are cleaning to aid you. Wipe from the inside & toward the edges, drawing the cloth towards you. It should take around 5 to 15 minutes to clean the whole tree providing its size. After you finish, give the entire tree a final wipe to make sure no leaf is left unwiped.
7) Make Your Homemade Liquid Cleaner
Now that you have read & understood the procedure, it is time to prepare the thing. To do that, collect the ingredients which are specified below:
- 2 ounces of water
- A spray bottle
- 2 ounces of Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)
You will find the spray bottle and rubbing alcohol at your nearby pharmacy quickly. So, we hope you have all the necessary ingredients. Now it’s time to make the liquid. This cleaning liquid lasts pretty long and will be enough for tidying multiple trees.
First, pour 2 ounces of water and then 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol into your spray bottle. Ensure that both ingredients are poured equally—time for the fun part. Close the bottle and shake it up. Boom! Your homemade plant cleaner is ready. Finally, use this according to the procedure we mentioned previously. Do this once every month to keep your trees neat and clean.
Some Extra Tips
- Did you know you can make your artificial trees or silk plant shiny and glossy by wiping their leaves with furniture polish? Many people aren’t aware of this simple trick. If you feel your silk tree has lost its lifelikeness and shine, then moisten a microfiber cloth with furniture polish. Now wipe its leaves with the polish. This will restore the luster of the tree and make it shiny and glossy.
- You can dip a used toothbrush in rubbing alcohol and use it to get rid of dirt from difficult spots where you can’t easily reach.
- You can also clean fake plants with hairspray. Any cheap hairspray will do the job. Just spray it all over your plant. Toss and turn the leaves while spraying to ensure no part is left unsprayed & that’s it!
- Silk plant maintenance is not always a must, but it’s commended so that you don’t have a hard time cleaning it after a long period.
You have come to the end of our detailed article regarding fake tree cleaning methods. Hope this article will be helpful. To get the most out of this article, be sure to follow our procedures properly.
We wish you all the very best! Happy Cleaning!