The reason why we buy fake plants is so that we don’t have to invest the time in keeping them alive.

If you’ve just bought your first artificial plant though, give it a month or two. Fairly quickly, something becomes evident. It’s dust.

Dust accumulation is common with faux houseplants and artificial greenery. Nothing makes a premium artificial plant look faker than being partially or fully covered in dust. It also can’t be avoided if you own a faux plant long enough and at some point, cleaning a faux plant will become a priority.

What You Don’t Want to Use Cleaning A Fake Plant

There is an array of types of artificial plants. You have very cheap faux plants from IKEA, Walmart, and the like. You also have very premium, realistic-looking fake plants from sources like Dust will impact all types similarly and the list of cleaners you shouldn’t use on them is near-identical as well.

Don’t use anything with an ingredient list of lots of chemicals and additives. Avoid Windex, all-purpose cleaners, surface cleaners, and the like. Even cleaners that are biodegradable and advertised as eco-friendly or all-natural may pose a risk to artificial plants. Try to stick with very basic ingredients. Here are some suggestions on where to start.

Soap And Water

Try a little bit of dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle. Shake it. Spray it. Wipe it.

Soap’s going to help loosen anything that’s covering the leaf and at that point, a faux plant owner can wipe it away with a paper towel or cloth.

Microfiber Cloth

If you are just cleaning dust off artificial plants, there’s almost no reason to use anything more than a microfiber cloth.

A microfiber cloth can be pressed by hand, removing dust across every leaf and stem. It’s the gentlest way to clean fake plants and with no risk of damage.

Compressed Air

Some people use compressed air. This isn’t always great as dust on a plant has usually been there long enough to not want to up and go when a gust of air comes its way.

Cleaning a fake plant necessitates more than what compressed air can offer, in most cases.

Vinegar And Water

A half-vinegar, half-water solution mixed in a spray bottle is a little stronger than soap. Tougher build-up can be typically handled through this method.

When you spray on vinegar, it will help loosen the debris that’s there. Give it about five minutes. Any damp cloth can then be used to wipe it.

How Can You Damage A Fake Plant?

You can’t kill a faux plant but you can damage its appearance and make it look less realistic-looking. The wrong cleaner can cause colors to fade or even change on cheaper artificial greenery. If you’re too rough in cleaning plants as well, certain chemicals can eat away at the material and eventually cause physical damage to present. Be very careful with what you use to clean fake plants and, whenever possible, use non-chemical microfiber cloths.

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Andrew Lu