Choosing an artificial Christmas tree has its advantages. However, there are precautions to ensure that your tree retains its beauty. Artificial trees are much easier to maintain, but you still have to clean them before and after use. Depending on how and where they are stored, they can accumulate dust and mold. The same goes for your ornaments and light strings. In this post, we’re going to discuss what you need to do to make sure your tree is ready for the holiday season.
Thinking Out of the Box
- Before taking your tree out of the box, determine a good location where you can clean it. This location should have ample space and lighting.
- Place a large plastic sheet or cloth on the floor.
- Carefully take the tree, or each section of the tree, out of the box.
- Set up the tree as you clean so that everything is kept in place.
- Spread out the branches. The sheet will catch any or all debris as you clean your tree.
Eliminating Dust and Debris
- Ensure that your tree won’t topple or fall over while you assemble it. Make sure you can support the tree with one hand. You will need your other hand to operate the vacuum cleaner.
- Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to carefully vacuum the tree’s needles and in between its branches.
- Remember to change the bag on your vacuum cleaner. Ensure that the filter is clean to avoid spreading fine dust from your tree into the air.
- Use the upholstery bristle brush that came with your vacuum cleaner. Test the vacuum cleaner first at an area at the base of the tree to see if its power is just right. If it is too strong, you will need to find another attachment or a lower-powered vacuum cleaner.
- Vacuum from top to bottom. Keep the cleaner an inch away from the tree to avoid damage.
Soap, Rinse, Repeat
- Fill a bucket with a mix of warm water and mild dish soap. If your tree came pre-lit, unplug the strings before proceeding to the next step.
- Get a dishtowel. Dip it into soapy water. Make sure that the dishtowel is not soaking wet. Use it to wipe away dust and debris left after vacuuming.
- Wipe the tree’s trunk and individual branches, working your way from top to bottom. Wipe carefully so you don’t damage the tree.
- After vacuuming and wiping the tree down, carefully pick up the dusty sheet by folding its corners toward the center. Allow the tree to dry.
- Start your Christmas decorating with family and loved ones as soon as the tree is dry.
Preparing for the holidays means taking your favorite Christmas tree and ensuring that they are ready to be displayed for family and guests. With these tips, you’ll have a worry-free and beautiful holiday season with your loved ones.