Christmas Tree Cleaning Guide
The ambiance of a real Christmas tree is hard to beat. For many families, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the fresh scent of a Christmas tree. As lovely as fresh Christmas trees are, cleaning up after the holiday season comes to a close can be an irritating ordeal. Everyone asks how you can minimize the falling needles, along with what's the best way to clean sap off of floors and fabric.
Following New Year's, minimize cleanup with just a few simple steps. Here is our Christmas Tree Cleaning Guide:
How to Take Down the Christmas Tree
- Take down the ornaments wrapping each one in tissue paper and placing them in a container with dividers.
- Take down the lights working backward from where you started. Use a spool to keep lights from becoming tangled.
- Shake any needles on the tree skirt into a bag and remove the tree skirt for washing.
- Envelop the bare tree in the bag and take it all outside. (No bag? Use an old bed sheet you don't mind getting dirty.)
How to Cleanup After the Christmas Tree
- Vacuum up the needles. If you have an upright vacuum, use the hose attachment to keep the needles from clogging the base or use a canister or Shop-Vac style vacuum.
- If there are any needles stuck in the carpet or area rug after vacuuming, use duct tape wrapped around your hand (sticky side out) to easily remove the needles.
- To remove sap from clothing or carpet: moisten a white washcloth with rubbing alcohol and blot at the sap until it's gone. Be sure that you've removed all sap before laundering.
- If sap is on a hard surface, simply clean with warm water and dish soap.
If you have a garden, Christmas tree branches are excellent for mulching or using as a base layer for a compost pile. Many cities offer options for recycling Christmas trees as well with curbside pickup.
While cleaning up after Christmas will never be as fun as decorating the tree, our simple steps will help keep your home cleaner and make the task manageable.