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How to Clean a Silk Bouquet

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A Silk bouquet will last considerably longer that one made from fresh flowers, but it will eventually droop and dusty. If you take some preventive care you can keep your bouquet looking like new. 

Caring for your flower won’t take long, just 5 to 10 minutes every 3-6 months will keep your bouquet looking as good as it did on your wedding day. 

There are three simple steps to cleaning your bouquet….. 

Step 1   Rice Cleaning 

Place your bouquet in a plastic bag, along with one-half cup of white rice.  Twist the bag closed and shakes the bag for about one minute. 

This works because the rice in the plastic bag will get statically charged and the dust will be attracted to the rice.  You may have read that you can use salt instead of rice, but this is a fallacy! Salt is too hard and will scratch your flowers.  Stick with white rice, which is softer and wont damage the flowers.  

Step 2   Fluffing 

Once you have rice-cleaned your silk flowers, hold the bouquet by the handle and then turn it upside down.  Give is a few good shakes, dropping the rice back into the bag.  This will loosen any rice caught in the flowers and clear away any left over dust.  It will “fluff” up the flowers giving them back their original shape. 

Step 3   Plumping & Teasing 

After fluffing the bouquet it is time to move the flowers back into their correct positions. Using the back of your hand, go around the back of the bouquet and lightly push the flowers back into positions to “pump up” the bouquet.  Once you are happy with the shape, then tease the flowers into the correct position by lightly pushing and pulling on the individual flowers and petals until they are correctly position. 

I know your first reaction is to use soap and water, regardless of what you’ve heard or might have read, don’t ever do this! Never spray your bouquet with water because the wet dust will run and stain your flowers. If you follow these steps every 306 months, your bouquet will stay beautiful and will be around in decades to come.

 

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