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Can an artificial magnolia flower spray arrangement be dyed or bleached to lighten the petals? Answered

My wife bought several artificial magnolia flower sprays a few years ago and prepared two very lovely arrangements, which have been decorating a wall in our living room.  Initially, the flower petals were an off-white color--but definitely white.  Now the petals have turned dark, and it appears they while likely darken even more if she is not able to do something to lighten this medium-tan tone that they now have.  I have looked at the material fairly closely and it looks like they are constructed from either a heavy paper or possibly a gauze, and then coated with a flexible substance by either dipping it or brushing it on.  The coating seems to be more in the nature of a stiffener for forming the petals, but apparently it has darkened with age.  Is anyone familiar with what I've described and have any suggestions?  (This is my wife's favorite arrangement and I would like to help her)  Thanks!


If the darkening is jut due to dust & so forth:
"Shaking artificial floral products in a bag with a half cup of salt or cornmeal can remove dust from most surfaces, even hard-to-reach areas. The grains act as little scrubbers. Shake the item in the bag gently for a minute or two, repeat if necessary until satisfied."
The above is cribbed in its entirety from www.silk-flower-smart.com/clean-silk-flowers.html, which appears to have lots of other good info.

You don't say just how old the flowers are. If it's been more than a few years, they may just be darkening with age, much like newspaper clippings do. If so, you're pretty well sunk - there's not much to do but remove & replace with new.

8 years ago

Its kinda tough to recommend any type of cleaner/bleach without knowing what material we're working with.
If I were you, I'd start with something mild like regular hydrogen peroxide, then go to Boraxo, etc. Try cleaning a small hidden place first, allowing it to dry completely to make sure it hasn't caused any damage.