How to Get a Heavy Layer of Dust Off of Dried Flowers

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Dried flowers are an excellent way to decorate or accent any room of your home. They provide all the color and appeal of regular flowers but, unlike their live counterparts, they last much longer and don't wilt or die in bunches. A well-made set of dried flowers is coated in protective spray to help shield the arrangement from the elements, including dust. However, as with any decorative item, even protected dried flowers still need to be cleaned from time to time.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Can of compressed air (optional)
  • Take the dusty dried flowers outside or to any area, such as a garage, where you won't mind blowing dust into the air. If there is no electrical outlet for a hair dryer, you will need to use a can of compressed air.

  • Turn the hair dryer onto its lowest setting and use no heat if that is an option. Hot air can damage and discolor dried flowers if applied for too long.

  • Work the hair dryer in short sweeping motions all over the dried flowers. With compressed air, don't get too close or you could damage the flowers with the powerful emission. Always keep the air moving and sweeping away from the flowers to keep the dust from blowing around in a circle right back onto them.

  • Follow hair dryer-dusting with a few sprays of compressed air on stubborn or hard-to-reach areas for extra-thorough cleaning. This final round of non-contact, heavy air dusting should remove even the most caked-on layers of dust without damaging the flowers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Canned air is heavily pressurized, so be careful not to hold it in one place as you spray, or the flowers will very likely be damaged. Use the same sweeping motions as recommended for hair dryer dusting.

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