How to Clean Dried Flowers

Overview

Dried flowers are popularly used in crafts or arranged in a display as a decorative object for the home. While dried flowers make a beautiful display in any room, they are also great dust-catchers and will require regular cleanings to keep their colors bright and attractive. Unlike silk flowers, you cannot immerse dried flowers in water to clean them, or they will disintegrate. Instead, use gentle methods to clean your dried flowers so they don't fall apart.

Step 1

Gently separate the flowers (if you can) and lay them on paper towels to capture the dust and make them easier to clean. If the flowers are fastened together (such as in the case of a wreath), then lay the entire craft object onto a protected surface.

Step 2

Detail the smaller leaves and flowers with a small paintbrush, cotton swab or other tiny, soft tool. Start at the top of the plant and work your way down, letting the dust fall where it may. Do not worry about getting all of the dust off; just get into the cracks and crevices of the smaller areas to loosen up the dust and dirt.

Step 3

Blow off the large chunks of dust with a hair dyer set to "cool" or a can of compressed air, such as is used to clean computer keyboards. Get as much of the dust off as you can with the air. If you do not have either of these things, a real feather duster is effective and gentle enough to use on dried flowers.

Step 4

Gently wipe still-dusty blossoms with a damp, but not soaking-wet, rag. Let them air dry completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab or small, soft paintbrush
  • Feather duster (optional)
  • Hair dyer with cool setting
  • Can of compressed air

References

  • Life Organizers: How to Clean Dried and Artificial Flowers
  • The Flower Shop Network: Dried Flowers
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.