Tips for Maintaining Your Preserved Flowers
Preserved flowers still need care and attention to remain beautiful. These easy tips will help you preserve their beauty.
1) Before Preservation – Make sure you take care of the flowers you wish to preserve. Wilting and bruising, in some cases, may make preservation impossible. In others, preservation of ruined flowers is much more expensive. Also, ruined flowers will not make attractive preserved flowers. So be gentle with your flowers and deliver them to the florist for preservation as soon as possible.
2) Storage of Preserved Flowers – In order to store your flowers, wrap them with newspaper and lay them in a solid, cardboard box. Store the flowers in an area that is dry, but that is not exposed to unusually dry air.
3) Dusting – If your flowers become dingy over time, use the lowest setting on a hairdryer to clean them. You can also dust them gently with a feather duster.
4) Containers – A decent display case will help protect your flowers and make them last longer. You can choose from beautiful, modern cases in many different styles ranging from jewellery boxes to table top domes.
5) Insects – Some moths find preserved flowers tasty. In order to get rid of moths that may be flying around your flowers, place your flowers in a plastic bag in the freezer for about a week to kill the insects and their larvae. If you do not have space in your freezer, storing your flowers in a shed outside during the winter will also work.
6) Damage from the Environment – Direct sunlight and dry air (from a heater, for example) are detrimental to your preserved flowers. The sun can fade their colors and dry air can make the flowers susceptible to shattering.
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Written by Jessica Bundy