Cleaning Silk Bouquets In 3 Simple Steps
How To Clean A Silk Bouquet
A Silk bouquet can last a lot longer than a bouquet made of
real flowers, but it will still droop, and get dusty, over time.
Fortunately a little bit of preventive care can go a long way
towards keeping your bouquet looking like new.
It doesn't take long either. 5 minutes spent caring for your
bouquet every 3-6 months will keep your bouquet looking as good
as it did they day you bought it.
Read on to discover the 3 simple steps to keeping your silk
bouquet in pristine condition. You'll also discover the one thing
you should NEVER do to clean your bouquet. Make this mistake, and
you might ruin your bouquet forever!
Step 1: Rice Cleaning
Place your bouquet in a plastic shopping bag, along with half
a cup of white rice. Twist the bag closed, and then shake the bag
for about 60 seconds.
The rice in the plastic bag will get statically charged, and
the dust will be attracted to the rice. In the past, people used
salt instead of rice, but salt was found to be too hard, and
would scratch the flowers. White rice is softer, so it won't
damage the flowers at all.
Step 2: Fluffing
Once you have cleaned your silk flowers, hold the bouquet by
the handle and then turn it upside down and give it two or three
good hard shakes, dropping the rice back into the bag. This
should loosen any rice caught in the flowers and also clear away
any left over dust. It will also "fluff" the flowers, and give
them back their original shape.
Step 3: Plumping And Teasing
After fluffing the bouquet, it is time to make sure all the
flowers are in the right position. Using the back of your hand,
go around the back of the bouquet and lightly push the flowers
back into position, to "plump up" the bouquet. Once you are happy
with the general shape, then tease the flowers into the correct
position by lightly pulling and pushing on the individual flowers
and petals until they are correctly placed.
That's it! Simple, wasn't it? Now, you may have read that you
can lightly spray your bouquet with soapy water to get it clean.
Regardless of what you may have read, don't ever do this! Never
spray your bouquet with water because the wet dust will run and
stain your flowers. And stained flowers do NOT look right!
If you follow these simple steps every 3-6 months, your
bouquet will stay beautiful, and will be around long enough for
future generations to enjoy.
Peta D'Silva has been making silk bouquets for over 14 years.
She is the webmaster of http://www.visionsofsilk.com,
a website featuring a catalog of bouquets that you can buy, as
well as easy-to-understand articles about creating your own silk
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