How to maintain and care for artificial plants

Artificial plants have come a long way over the years, and they now look as ‘real’ as the genuine article. Because of this, they’ve become a great alternative for businesses wanting to spruce up their premises without the commitment of caring for real plants.

It’s an obvious fact that the main benefits of artificial plants for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, and other busy public spaces is that they don’t require regular watering, and they don’t need to be kept in direct sunlight to survive. This enables artificial plants to be placed more creatively in the building, and the types of ‘plants’ you can utilise in your design are almost endless.

However, although caring for artificial plants is easier and less time consuming than real ones, they’ll still need a certain degree of maintenance to keep them looking their best!

Like any decorative objects that are kept indoors, artificial plants will attract dust and dirt, and a build-up of this will shorten their lifespan; as a general rule, your artificial plants should last for at least five years. Not only that, but well-maintained plants (whether they’re real or not) will ensure your business makes the right impression from the get-go.

Fortunately, caring for artificial plants can be both time and cost effective compared to real ones. This is because you don’t need many supplies to do so, and your plants won’t require too many deep cleans if you keep on top of regular maintenance.

How to clean artificial plants

Regular cleaning should be completed once a week (or at least a few times a month), and will involve lightly dusting the plant with a soft-bristle paintbrush. This is the recommended tool for the job as it’s far gentler than the likes of feather dusters and other cleaning utensils, and it will enable you to easily get into the most difficult to reach areas of the plant’s ‘flowers’ and ‘leaves’.

When cleaning your artificial plants in this way, remember to start dusting at the top of the plant, and work your way downwards; this ensures that no debris falls onto clean the areas of the plant!

If you have several artificial plants in your building and want to speed up the cleaning process, you can also choose to spray compressed air directly onto the ‘foliage’ of the plant. However, this can end up being a very messy task, and may need to be completed outdoors.

For marks and ground-in dirt, your artificial plants will also benefit from being wiped down with a wet cloth. This should be done with warm water, as a chemical cleaning solution could cause your plant’s colours to run. This is especially vital to remember if your plants have been made from a more delicate material, such a silk.

If your artificial plants are made of silk, test a small hidden area of the plant first.

Finally, after cleaning, remember to gently dry the plant to avoid breakage; this will get rid of the shiny finish, which can give the game away that your plant is artificial!

Nonetheless, although artificial plants are relatively easy to maintain, buildings with a high volume of traffic (such as hotels, hospitals, and large office buildings) will find that their plants get dirtier quicker. Therefore, they may benefit from a regular plants maintenance service.

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