How To Take Care Of Your Preserved Flower Arrangements
Preserved flowers are a different way to enjoy nature’s beauty without worrying about constant watering and feeding. These products last for weeks or months indoors, even without access to sunlight, food or, in extreme cases, air!
Even so, they still need some care to maintain their appearance and quality to get the best results. But what does that mean, exactly? Well, you’re about to find out. This post discusses how to make preserved flowers last longer with proper care. Read on to learn more.
Keep Preserved Flowers Out Of Direct Sunlight To Prevent Fading
Unlike regular flowers, preserved flowers hate direct sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation can cause their colours to fade over time, making them look dull and lifeless – not what you want.
Fortunately, you can avoid this by placing them in a cool, dry place away from windows. Bring them more into your home’s interior, away from sources of light. (Be wary of skylights!)
Avoid Touching Preserved Flowers To Prevent Damage
Rule number two: avoid touching them. Preserved flowers are very delicate and can be easily damaged by handling. Desiccation reduces their flexibility, making them more prone to snapping. Touching them with your fingers can also transfer oil and dirt, affecting their quality.
If you need to move the arrangement, hold it by the base or the container. Never touch the flowers themselves if you can help it.
Keep Preserved Flowers Dry To Prevent Mould Or Mildew
The next tip to bear in mind is to keep preserved flowers dry. If you don’t, it can lead to mould and mildew growth.
Don’t spritz or spray them. If you accidentally get water on them, blot them with a paper towel and let them air dry.
Gently Dust Preserved Flowers With A Soft-Bristled Brush Or A Hairdryer
Another pro tip is to gently dust preserved flowers with a soft-bristled brush or a hairdryer on a cold setting. That’s because dust can accumulate on the surface of the flowers, making them look dirty and dull.
Don’t use a cloth or feather duster on preserved flowers. It’s too heavy and can snag on the petals, damaging or ripping them from your display!
Do not use water or any other liquid spray on preserved flowers
Water can cause the flowers to lose their colour, shape and texture. It can also make them mouldy, as discussed above, or attract insects.
Handle preserved flower arrangements with care
Lastly, move preserved flower arrangements with care to avoid damaging the individual petals or the arrangement as a whole. Preserved flowers are delicate and can break easily if handled roughly.
Again, when moving preserved flower arrangements, hold them by the base. Don’t touch the flowers directly. Also, keep them out of humid environments that could adversely affect their longevity.
If you’re looking to create your bespoke preserved flower arrangements – don’t hesitate to get in touch today!