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Plan cleaning is very important to keep them healthy and alive.

As anyone living in Dubai knows, it doesn’t take long for dust to accumulate inside the house and on the houseplants. And with the help of a fan or an AC unit, dust keeps moving around and falling on your plants leaves. Though it might be a tedious task, it is important to clean the plants regularly. A layer of dust on the leaves might block sunlight and reduce the plant’s ability to photosynthesize since this is how plants feed themselves.

A clean plant that’s photosynthesizing at optimal levels is a healthier plant that is more resistant to diseases and pest infestations. So cleaning the leaves from time to time makes less work for you in the long run and improves both the plant and your indoor living quality.

What You’ll Need for plant cleaning

Equipment / Tools

  • Spray bottle
  • Sprayer nozzle
  • Bucket
  • Damp cloth
  • Soft duster or brush
  • Stiff brush (for cleaning pots)

Materials

  • Plastic wrap (if needed)
  • Dish detergent
  • Household bleach

Instructions on how to clean your plants

Clean the plants with a spray nozzle

The easiest method to clean medium to large houseplants is to move them to the kitchen sink or bathroom and hose them with a sprayer nozzle. Keep the water pressure on low and test the water before spraying to make sure it is at room temperature since hot and cold water can injure the plants’ leaves.

Mist with a spray Bottle

This solution is best for plants that cannot handle the force of a spray nozzle such as cacti, bonsais and succulents. These plants  are among the types that are best cleaned with a mist rather than spray.

Sunk the plant in a bucket of water

Small plants can be cleaned by holding the base of the plant at soil level, inverting it into a bucket of water, and swishing the leaves under the water. Watering the soil beforehand will help prevent the soil from falling out when the pot is inverted. You could also wrap the base with plastic to contain the soil while cleaning. Let the plants drip dry before moving them back into position.

Wipe the Leaves

For plants that are too large to move, you can simply wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth. This method also works well with plants that have just a few leaves, like young snake plants or banana plants. After the initial cleaning, you can help keep dust from building up on the leaves by using a soft duster on them whenever you dust your furniture or floors.

Clean the plants with a soft brush

Some plants have sticky or fuzzy leaves that just don’t lend themselves to easy cleaning. And in the case of plants such as African violets that don’t like getting their leaves wet, neither spraying nor wiping is the answer. For fuzzy-leaved plants, use a soft brush such as a mushroom brush to very gently coax the dust from the leaves.

Tips for keeping tidy houseplants

While cleaning plants, it’s easy to tidy them by removing their dead, brown, or yellowing leaves. If a leaf loosens easily, remove it by hand. Otherwise, use scissors. Never pull off firmly attached, resistant leaves. Prune away just the browned leaf tips from plants that were left too dry. The plant will look more natural if you follow the natural contour of the leaves when cutting.

After putting all this effort into cleaning your plants, why not clean your house completely or book our home cleaning services in Dubai

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