Tips & Advice
What is the best way to maintain artificial flowers?
Artificial flowers do require some maintenance: It’s best if they’re regularly dusted or vacuumed with a brush attachment. Some of them can even undergo a washing in the sink, or outdoors with a hose if they’re big plants. For the more delicate arrangements, there are many other ways to clean, which depend on the material. If they are waxed fabric or latex flowers, it may be best to lightly spray them with flower cleaning spray or just water and vinegar, then wipe them down. Some silk flowers can also handle the water-vinegar spray, though you should spot-check before spraying down a whole artificial silk arrangement. A tried-and-true quick-fix for cleaning delicate artificial flowers involves putting a half-cup to 1 cup of coarse salt into a plastic bag with the flowers and shaking for one minute.
Can artificial flowers be cleaned?
Yes, artificial flowers can be cleaned and can be washed in the sink, or outdoors with a hose if they’re big.
How much do artificial flowers cost?
The cost of artificial flowers depends on the piece or the arrangement or per plant. If you’re buying artificial silk flowers by the piece, a single flower might cost $4, and a sprig of greenery $5, while a small bouquet can range from $8-$25. A medium-sized bouquet could cost $13-$40. The cost of silk flowers does not correspond with the cost of the real thing--certain green sprigs might actually cost less when organic.
“Real touch” latex flowers can cost less than silk flowers, especially if they are meant to be used only for one occasion. For example, a dozen real-touch roses or lilies only cost $11-$15 retail. However, the lifelike real-touch artificial flower arrangements that are meant to be used long-term can cost even more than their organic counterparts.
What are the different types of artificial flowers?
Artificial flowers are created from many types of material. Silk and cheaper fabric flowers are more universally available. Crepe paper flowers would never be mistaken for the real thing, but can be beautiful artworks when crafted by a skilled designer. More expensive types of artificial flowers go in the umbrella category of “real touch” because they seem so realistic, not just visually but to the touch. Latex flowers, polymer “fresh touch” flowers, and wax-coated fabric flowers all can pass for real flowers at a close distance if well crafted and arranged.
For which occasions are artificial flowers most suitable?
Artificial flowers are suitable for many occasions, and are a go-to for decorating function spaces. They work well for seasonal decorations that need to last a while, like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Artificial flowers are also suitable for decorating public spaces and private rooms: They can brighten up a living room or office with minimal maintenance, as well as a store, restaurant or hotel lobby. Artificial flowers are perfect for places that are hard to reach and don’t get a lot of natural light -- but they should still be regularly cleaned or dusted.
What are the benefits of artificial flowers?
The benefits of artificial flowers are mainly that they are long-lasting, they don’t require daily maintenance, they are not dependent on sun or seasons, and they are a better value than fresh flowers. Also, they don’t contain pollen, so won’t irritate those with allergies like hay fever.