How to Dust Dried Real Flowers

Overview

Preserving real flowers is so simple--all you need to do is hang them upside down in a dark, dry area. You may wish to preserve flowers from special events or even just the flowers from your garden. These dried flowers can be used for decorative purposes in your home--the floral arrangements will last a long time and require little care. The only care your dried flowers may require is dusting. While artificial flowers can easily be dusted or even cleaned with a water solution, real dried flowers are more delicate and will require special care. Clean your flowers regularly to prevent dust from building up.

Step 1

Feather dust your dried flowers on a monthly basis or more frequently if dust builds up quickly. Lightly swipe the feather duster over the flowers--dust should easily lift from the flowers.

Step 2

Spray the dried flowers with a can of compressed air. Spray the flowers at a distance, using a sweeping motion, and move the can closer until you see the dust lifting from the flowers. If parts of the flowers start to come off, move the can farther away from the flowers.

Step 3

Dust each flower with a small paintbrush. Swipe the flowers gently with the tip of the brush. While this technique requires more time, it is very effective at removing dust buildup and reaching the interior areas of the flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Feather duster
  • Canned air

References

  • Dried Flowers Direct: Dried Flower Wreath Care
  • Wreaths Galore: Caring for Dried Flowers & Wreaths

Who Can Help

  • ProFlowers: How to Dry Flowers
  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying Flowers
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About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.