5 Maintenance Tips for Your Indoor Planters

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5 Maintenance Tips For Your Indoor Planters

When it comes to interior design, plants are some of the few elements that allow interior landscapers and decorators to play with different styles and create a truly unique, impactful ambience.

Although plants are ideal choices for enlivening interiors and creating interesting visual effects, one way to jazz up spaces even more and bring your visions to life is to use beautiful indoor planters that perfectly fit the decor.

Besides elevating different interior styles, another important benefit of using indoor fiberglass planters is their ease of maintenance. The indoor fiberglass planters that we make available at Jay Scotts are virtually maintenance free. However, there are a few things you can do in order to keep your indoor planters looking like new for many years to come. Here are just five of them. 

  • Dust indoor fiberglass planters every week.

Just like any other object in a building, indoor fiberglass planters tend to collect a lot of dust. Dusting planters regularly won’t only ensure they hold their vibrant colors but also keep interiors cleaner and reduce the number of allergens, which will improve indoor air quality. Wiping the exterior surfaces of all indoor planters, from top to bottom, with a microfiber dusting cloth is a surefire way to get rid of dust.

  • Wash planters regularly.

Depending on the type of activities and traffic flow in a residential or commercial facility, it is important to wash the exterior surfaces of fiberglass planters on a regular basis. This will prevent dirt from building up.

When washing planters, always use a soft cloth or a brush with soft bristles together with soapy water or a mild commercial cleaner. Because abrasives can damage the fiberglass, never use these types of materials to remove persistent dirt deposits. Instead of opting for steel wool, abrasive sponges, or stiff brushes, for instance, it’s better to apply a small amount of soapy water or cleaner and let it sit for several minutes. Then, wash away the dirt using a soft cloth or sponge.

If you intend to repurpose an old fiberglass planter, it is vital to disinfect it before using it. That is because an old planter may harbor traces of fungus, insect eggs, or diseases that could harm the new plant.

  • Re-wax to restore faded fiberglass.  

Fiberglass planters in glossy finishes are wonderful additions to many interiors. However, some indoor fiberglass planters can lose their gloss over time, which happens particularly due to prolonged exposure to UV radiation. A relatively simple and inexpensive way to prevent or avoid faded fiberglass is to lightly polish and re-wax the planters. To achieve the best results, make sure that you clean the planters properly before applying the fiberglass polish and wax.

  • Repair chips, cracks, holes, and scratches.

Although fiberglass planters are designed to withstand different forms of abuse, they are susceptible to damage in different ways. Fortunately, fixing scratches, chips, holes, and cracks in fiberglass is a simple, cost-effective process that can save you or your customers from purchasing new planters. For example, small holes, cracks, and chips can be repaired with special epoxies, which fill and bond the fiberglass as well as color it. Contact us for assistance as we may be able to provide additional tips as well as matching touch up paint.

  • Only use lightweight potting soil.

Using lightweight potting soil in fiberglass planters can help you eliminate the risk of specific problems, such as bowing. Although fiberglass planters are very sturdy and durable, cracking can occur when soil retains too much water. Consisting of a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, sand, perlite, and shredded bark or compost, lightweight potting soil is best for container gardening and all types of planters because it doesn’t retain too much water.

If you’re looking for the best fiberglass planters to embellish both the interior and exterior of a commercial or residential building, our high-quality planters offer some excellent options that require little care and maintenance. With their modern and sleek lines or classic, vintage designs available in different colors, textures, heights, and widths, our planters are perfect additions to any decor. For more information, please contact Jay Scotts today! 

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