How to Clean Artificial Plant Leaves

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Artificial plants today are so realistic that they are often mistaken for the real thing. Over time, however, dust and grime can collect on artificial plant leaves, making them look dingy, old and unappealing. Keeping your artificial plants looking alive and healthy takes just a few minutes of effort each week.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Rag or paper towel
  • Dampen a cloth or a paper towel and add a few drops of your favorite dish detergent or liquid hand soap.

  • Gently rub each leaf of your plant with the soapy cloth or paper towel. Rub between your thumb and first finger so that you are rubbing both sides of the leaf at the same time with a slight circular motion. Use very light pressure. Unless the leaf is coated in sticky grime (such as might happen if the artificial plant is in the kitchen where it could become coated with air-borne cooking grease), each leaf should take no more than a couple of seconds to clean.

  • Rinse the cloth out or dampen a new paper towel and rub each leaf a second time with plain water to wipe off the soap. Allow the leaves to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Obviously you will want to use greater care when cleaning delicate "silk" leaves than you will when cleaning more substantial plastic leaves. Extremely delicate silk plants may be cleaned in the shower under a light shower spray of pure water without any soap. Hang silk plants upside-down to air dry.

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