Silk flowers around the home can brighten the space that you live in and help you bring a bit of the changing seasons inside. Having the ability to easily swap the flowers out with each season or holiday makes it simple to decorate your home in very little time. Those silk flowers can be costly, but if you prepare, pack and store them properly, you can get several years of use out of them before they will need to be replaced.
Prepare the Flowers
The worst thing that you can do is store your flowers with dust and dirt all over them. Cleaning them is fairly easy in most cases. Just take the flowers outside and use a can of compressed air to blow the dust off of them.
If the flowers have gotten really dirty while displayed, they will likely need to be wiped with a damp cloth. Silk greens can be set out in the rain and rinsed off, but many flowers wouldn't do well with a full shower. Instead, they will need to be individually wiped with a damp sponge and dried with a clean cloth.
Pack the Flowers
After the flowers are clean and dry, it is time to pack them up. To do this, you will need acid-free tissue paper, boxes and cardboard sheets.
Wrap each grouping of flowers with the acid-free tissue paper. You don't want to wrap them tightly, or you could cause the flowers to become misshaped while being stored.
Place the wrapped groupings in the boxes using cardboard sheets to divide them and keep them securely in position while being transported.
If you are storing arrangements in glass vases, be sure to wrap the vase in bubble wrap or to surround it with crumbled newspaper to keep it from getting damaged while being moved.
Label the outside of the boxes so that you can easily find what you are looking for when you need it.
Tip: To expedite the search and retrieval process, take pictures of each grouping of flowers before you wrap and box them. Then, keep a log of what arrangements are going into each box and create an inventory log on your computer.
Store the Flowers
Before you take all of your flowers to your storage unit, take a trip to examine and prepare the storage unit. You will need shelving, or at the very least a wooden pallet to lay on the ground, to keep the boxes up off of the concrete floor. Setting the boxes directly on the concrete will allow moisture to wick up into the boxes and damage your flowers.
Taking the time to prepare, pack and store your silk flowers properly will help you protect the investment and allow you to use those same flowers for many, many years before replacing them.
If you don't already have a storage unit to store your silk flowers in, contact a company like Security Self Storage.