how to clean artificial fake plants

How to Clean Artificial Fake Plants and Trees? (Useful Guide)

Gone are the days when only people with green thumbs could make their home beautiful and alive. Today, anyone can make their home bloom with captivating, cheerful, artificial plants and fake trees. People love artificial trees and plants for letting them off the hook for watering them regularly, changing the soil frequently, cleaning the leaf litter, and not to mention- the extensive research to go through about how to care for plants.

But at the same time, we fail to understand that we need to care for fake plants too- maybe the 1% of efforts for faux plants when you’re giving 99% for your real plants. Have you ever noticed that artificial trees or plants get dusted much faster than real ones?

And that dust buildup is the obvious telltale sign to let your guests know that your plant is artificial!

If you’re here to know how to clean artificial trees and fake plants, great! We’ll walk you through the whole process and make your artificial plants new again!

How Does Dirt Accumulate on Your Artificial Plants and Trees?

dirty silk plants

If you’re a decor lover, it’s important to understand how your faux plants attract dirt. Since artificial plants and trees are mostly made up of synthetic materials like plastic and silk, they invite dust and other dirty particles in the air to sit on them. In no time, you will see your pretty flower with an ugly face! The blanket of dust on your fake plants can stain and make them look even grosser.

But an effortless 5 minutes per week can make your fake plants smile with the below techniques!

What Are the Different Techniques to Clean Artificial and Fake Trees

How to Clean Plastic Fake Plants?

Method 1: Wipe Them With Water

Wipe Plastic Fake Plant With Water

Materials Needed:

  • Soft cloth
  • Feather duster
  • Spray bottle
  • Vacuum cleaner for large-sized plants
  • Water


  1. Firstly, use a feather duster or a paintbrush to dust the leaves of your plant or tree. Start from the above so that the dust falls below the branches.
  2. Of course, there will be minute dust sticking in the stem and below the branches and leaves. Use a vacuum cleaner with a cleaner brush to suck all the dust under minimal pressure.
  3. Spray water on your plant and wipe them gently by using a microfiber cloth.
  4. If you have a bigger plant with delicate leaves, it’s better to bring the plant outside and wash it under a hose.
  5. After dusting your plants, leave them to dry. Don’t leave your plastic plants under direct sunlight, which fades the leaves of the plant.

Method 2: Rinse Plants in the Bathtub or Dishwasher

Rinse Plants in the Bathtub or Dishwasher

  • Fill your bathtub or dishwasher with water.
  • Keep one hand in the pot and dunk them into the water. Move them back and forth and gently swish the leaves.
  • After that, flip it back and allow it to dry near the dishwasher so that you can easily clean off the drips. Move it back to the original location. If your plant contains more leaves and will take time to dry, use a soft cloth and pay them dry. This will prevent water spots on the leaf surface and make them look picture-perfect.

How To Clean Silk Fake Plants?

Method 1: Cleaning Silk Plants With Vinegar and Water

Cleaning Silk Plants With Vinegar and Water

Materials needed:

  • Feather duster or a cheap paintbrush to use only for dusting
  • Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Soft lint-free cloth
  • Spray bottle


  1. First, dust your leaves from top to bottom using a feather duster or paintbrush. Use a soft cloth to wipe the base of the plant.
  2. Mix 50:50 ratio of vinegar and water in the spray bottle. Spray in a mist setting on any hidden leaf and observe if there are any adverse reactions. It’s better to avoid spraying on flowers since they can bleed when wet.
  3. When you notice no reactions, spray one section at a time and wipe it using the cloth. Vinegar helps to loosen even the caked-on dirt on the leaf surface.
  4. Wipe the leaves dry again.

Method 2: Cleaning Silk Plants With Table Salt

Cleaning Silk Plants With Table Salt

  1. Brush over the leaves, stem, pot, branches using a feather duster or paintbrush.
  2. If your tree is big and doesn’t have delicate leaves, you can also use a vacuum with a cleaning brush or blow dryer to suck the dirt in the nooks and corners.
  3. If your plant is small, you can put them in a bag filled with ½ cup of salt or cornmeal. Salt acts as excellent scrubbers to remove dirt without harming the flowers. Shake the bag well.
  4. Take out your plant and use the feather duster to remove the salt.
  5. Arrange them in the pot.

How to Prevent Your Artificial Plants from Grease, Stains, Cobwebs?

fake plant with cobwebs and cleaning stains and grease

Clean Stains and Grease

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle. The acetic acid in vinegar is so mild which will not harm your plant. Spray it in a soft cloth and wipe the stains. Vinegar will make them look clearer and brighter.

Prevent Cobwebs

Cobwebs are built by spiders which only select dry places. Keeping the air humid around your plants helps to keep spiders away. You can spray diluted solutions of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Spiders also hate peppermint oil. Mixing them with water and frequently spraying keeps bugs away. Additionally, you can also keep a bowl of water near your fake plant to evaporate and create humidity.

How to Prevent Artificial Plants from Fading?

An untreated fake plant kept under direct sunlight will be faded and likely to crack over time. After you have dusted leaves, stems, and flowers, use a UV protection spray. Spray it all over your plant and keep your plant weatherproof. UV protection spray creates a protective layer around the plant to protect from the UV rays and allows you to place it in sunlight.

Can Artificial Plants be Kept Outside Without Being Faded?

If you want your artificial trees to be permanently placed in your garden, you should definitely try to minimize the sunlight your plant receives. The best idea is to create a patio for your fake plants to be under full shade. Also, turning your plant frequently makes it look even when faded.

How to Keep Your Artificial Trees Dust Free?

A regular dusting routine is the answer! Try to dust off your plants and trees at least once a week as a part of your regular house cleaning routine. This prevents the formation of thick caked layers of dust on your plants. Avoid running silk plants in water always, which can make them lose quality and even damage them.

How to Add Shine to Your Artificial Plants and Make Them Realistic?

add shine to your artificial plants

Even if you have an old fake plant, they can be given a fresh, gleaming look with the following tips.

  • Add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and wipe the leaves and flowers of the plant gently using the cloth. After leaving for a few minutes, wipe the oil using the dry area of your cloth.
  • Plant your fake plant in a pot and container having mud. This makes the fake plants look alive and realistic. Real sand, mud, rocks will add a touch of nature to your plant. Leaving fake plants with empty glass containers obviously gives a fake look.
  • Mix faux plants with real plants- Yes! This is a great trick that makes them look very natural. This makes your entire display more alluring and real.
  • Fluff your plants frequently- Plants don’t look good when they are tall and straight. You can fluff them from the bottom to the top and position the branches in different positions without overlapping each other.
  • Place them in specific areas- Think about this way. Imagine a potted plant on the television unit. Without a second, you can know it is a fake plant. Now, think about a plant near the window sills or the corner. Changes are there to make it look real! And of course, you can keep artificial plants on the study table, workplace, bathroom anywhere. It’s okay to break the rules to make the place more beautiful.
  • Curve the stems-  A real plant never stands straight in a vase. You can make your fake plants look more adorable and real by curving their stems and lowering their leaves. Use your hands to droop their leaves very gently.

How Often Should You Clean Your Fake Plants?

Spending a few minutes with them on your regular house cleaning routine can make them look gorgeous.Hide a feather duster or paintbrush behind a group of plants, and dust them without fail. You can also do it at least once a week. But monthly maintenance can make you exhausted and allergic to the accumulation of dust on your poor plants.

How to Clean Larger Trees?

Many of you might feel spiritless when you think of cleaning larger trees. If you do, you are going to prove that they are very easy! Just get helping hands from a few people, carry it to your backyard, use the hose and rinse it well. Before that, you can use a large feather duster or a tall brush to clean the dust off the leaves. Let it dry naturally. And shift them back again after it is completely dry.

What Are The Mistakes You Should Avoid When Cleaning Your Fake Plants?

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Cleaning Your Fake Plants
  • Never wash fake plants In hot water since they might wash the glue in your plants and loosen them.
  • Artificial leaves can be delicate, so avoid a vacuum, harsh, rough brushes, and hose on high pressure. Microfiber cloth, paintbrush, or feather duster is more gentle on them.
  • Avoid the usage of chemicals on artificial plants. Polishing sprays can be made up of toxins which can make the leaves lose quality. But certain chemicals like ammonia, vitamin D, vinegar, olive oil are good for maintaining plants. You can also make your own leaf polish using water and mayo.
  • Immersing silk plants in the bathtub or dishwasher is a big no-no. As mentioned earlier, shake your silk plants is a sealed bag of table salt. Shake the plant until the salt removes the dirt.
  • Please don’t keep them under direct sunlight, which makes them fade easier.

Final Thoughts

So, you might have loaded up with a bunch of knowledge on how to take care of artificial trees and plants. Even people who don’t have expertise in gardening or don’t have time to garden can feast their eyes on the faux greenery without much maintenance. Even if you can’t follow all these tips, using a cheap feather duster or paintbrush regularly will get your job done in minutes. We shouldn’t need to have green thumbs for it. Now, it’s your turn!

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