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How to clean silk flowers?

Last post Fri, Jan 29 2010 9:13 PM by gayla50. 5 replies.
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  • Wed, Jan 27 2010 12:59 PM

    • Pat
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    How to clean silk flowers?

    Here's a question from a reader I hope someone can help with:

    Question: I have a lot of silk flower arrangements along with silk plants and one huge 8 foot tree.  How can I go about cleaning them?  I tried the vacuum and it sucked some of the flowers and leaves off the arrangements.  Not good!

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • Wed, Jan 27 2010 11:23 PM In reply to

    Re: How to clean silk flowers?

     a lot of them will tolerate a swish in the sink.  first blow off the dust with a blowdryer set on cool or low, or you'll get mud!  put the big ones in the shower, or spray them with the hose outside.  i've even put them out in the rain for a rinse- hey, it's free!

  • Thu, Jan 28 2010 5:01 PM In reply to

    Re: How to clean silk flowers?

    The ladies on How Clean is Your House? put silk flowers in a brown paper sack with 1/2 c of household table salt.  Then they folded the bag over a couple times and shook everything around.  On the show it worked really well and most of their stuff has worked for me with those "odd" cleaning jobs.

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  • Thu, Jan 28 2010 5:17 PM In reply to

    Re: How to clean silk flowers?

     Mom would put most of hers in the sink.  Canned air works as does a vapor steamer.

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2010 7:14 PM In reply to

    Re: How to clean silk flowers?

    Spray them with a chlorine-free surfactant and set them in the rain on a cloudy day, so they won't fade. Occasional windy-day airing works for dusting.  Let nature take its course.

  • Fri, Jan 29 2010 9:13 PM In reply to

    • gayla50
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    Re: How to clean silk flowers?

    I use the table salt trick too  ... my Sister in  Law does hers with a combo of salt and corn meal ..  I tired some  canned air once sneezed for a week .

    Gayla

    Officially Recognized Stretchpert in Frugal Food and Cooking and in Slow Cooker Foods



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