I recently bought a white Christmas tree for our home as our last one gradually turned yellow. How can I keep my new white Christmas tree from turning yellow? And do you have any ways to clean if it does become discolored?
One of the best ways to help keep your white Christmas tree clean and pristine is to clean and store it properly at the end of every holiday season. This will reduce the amount of dust it can accumulate and insure that the tree is protected from any damage.
To dust off your tree before storage, go over the tree and its branch tips with a feather duster or a damp rag. You can also use the vacuum to get some dust off, but be sure to use a soft attachment and exercise caution to not take off any needles. Once the tree is clean, wrap it up in paper, then keep it in the Christmas tree storage bag it came in (if it does not have a bag, this rolling storage bag is extra convenient). Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for storage if there are any.
When it comes to cleaning a white Christmas tree turned yellow, start by simply leaving it out in direct sunlight for a few hours. If the discoloration is subtle, a bit of sun can be enough to bleach the stains out and return the tree to its former glory. (Note that this can be most easily done during the sunnier days of spring or summer)
If sunshine alone doesn’t do the trick, mix 3 parts white vinegar with 1 part water in a large spray bottle and spritz it on all the affected branches of your tree. Then, leave your tree in direct sunlight for at least 12 hours. The vinegar will react with the sunlight and help bleach the branches back to sparkling white!
A brief word of caution on cleaning methods though: Most stores void the warranty when a Christmas tree is intentionally altered or gets damaged due to misuse. Do not bleach your tree while it is still under warranty. To be safe, make sure you contact a customer service representative, or read Balsam Hill’s resource center for care instructions for your tree.