So you’ve decided to go the artificial plant route in the office, and you’re exploring different ways to keep them (as well as their flowers) looking their sparkling best this year. You might be wondering about the best place to start the process. There are multiple ways to go about doing so, but three methods in particular are well tried-and-tested and are likely to yield positive results in any office space. Today, we’ll touch on these individually, while also considering some of the benefits of choosing synthetic plants, rather than going with fresh alternatives.


The Benefits of Having Artificial Flowers in the Office

Faux flowers are naturally going to be very long lasting, requiring little to no maintenance during the course of an average work week or even month. They allow you to bring seasonal flowers into the workspace no matter what time of year it is, which opens up a lot of possibilities for creative exploration with the design of the space. This could lead to a happier office culture, especially if team members are roped into the decision-making process. Most importantly, artificial flowers are not going to affect employees with allergies, leading to less day-to-day disruptions and a lower likelihood of absenteeism too. 


White Vinegar and Lemon Juice Combo

A quick combination of vinegar and lemon juice provides the ideal DIY cleaner that will leave any artificial plants looking brand new every time. Test a low concentration of both on a small part of the plant first (especially the flowers), in order to make sure that the level of both substances won’t have an adverse effect on the outcome. A spray bottle is ideal for this, wiping down the plants using a damp, soft, clean cloth. Have a dry cloth on hand should you wish to dry the flowers too before moving on to the next plant in the office. 



The Rubbing Alcohol Method

An alternative method to clean artificial flowers and plants is to use rubbing alcohol on them, especially when you’re dealing with larger leaves. Cloth flowers should always be tested first, in order to ensure that the colour isn’t going to bleed when you’re going this route. As with other methods, a spray bottle will be useful to spread the alcohol mixture evenly, and expect to have to wipe down the plants after in order to get rid of any unsavoury residue from the process. 


Regular Dusting

More delicate artificial flowers might not need liquids or chemicals to get the job done. The easiest way to keep them looking fresh is to ensure that they are dusted regularly. A surprising amount of dust can build up on these flowers in the course of just a single week. A can of spray air and a gentle dust brush is all you need. Don’t spray too closely to the plant if it is very delicate. Use a small paintbrush to tackle those hard-to-reach areas.  If you have any questions about the methods mentioned here today, or you’re looking to get some new office plants this year, the Bidvest ExecuFlora is here to help.