Saturday, May 26, 2012

How to Care for Silk Flowers

May is considered the month of flowers here in the Philippines. During this month,there are a lot of festivities and celebrations happening across the country. There's a tradition in Catholic churches wherein little girls will  offer flowers to Virgin Mary in the altar. There's an instant where I've mistaken a silk flower arrangement to a real one! I guess the owner knows how to take good care of that arrangement. Interested in getting a silk flower for personal use? Well I am. After reading Robert Lobitz's article I'm definitely considering getting one or two arrangements for our home. Taking care of silk flowers is easy as 1,2,3.

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How to Care for Silk Flowers

Whether you purchase them for a special event or simply to beautify your home, silk flowers have numerous benefits. They save you money, do not carry insects or promote allergies and, no matter how brown your thumb may be, there is no way you can kill them. Another advantage of silk artificial flower arrangements is that they are easy to take care of. Learn how to handle, tend to and clean your faux flowers so that they will look lovely for years to come. Wipe down your flower arrangements any time you routinely dust the furniture in your home. Use a traditional feather duster or wipe leaves and petals with a clean, damp rag followed by a dry one. Avoid using furniture polish or other sprays on silk flowers, as they can leave a film and even discolor your bouquets. 


If your flowers are especially grimy or dusty, you can clean them with nothing more than table salt and a paper bag. Make sure the bag is large enough to contain the flowers completely. Pour a cup of salt into the bag, place the flowers inside and roll the top of the bag closed. Gently shake the bag for about a minute. Open the bag and shake any salt remnants from the flowers. 


Display your flower arrangements in an area that is not exposed to direct sunlight to keep colors vivid. Rotating various bouquets at different times of the year will help freshen your d├ęcor and maintain the appearance of your silk flowers even longer. Be sure to store the posies in a durable box on a bed of bubble wrap or packaging peanuts to prevent them from being crushed. Wrapping them in a plastic bag before placing them in the box will help them stay clean and avoid dust or mold, as well. Taking proper care of your faux flowers takes very little time and means you can enjoy them for a lifetime.
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Footnote:
Wikipedia says Silk Flowers are crafted from silk materials which make the flowers and the entire plant look more life-like. These days’ silk flowers make use of a real touch technique which gives the plant a fairly realistic look.



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