The holiday season is officially here! It’s so exciting to start decorating and getting in the Christmas spirit! Some will use an artificial tree, instead of using a real tree, simply for the convenience and the allergens that come with real ones. Unfortunately, when an artificial tree has been stored in a garage, basement, or storage unit, it can house mold and dust. There are some simple steps to follow before putting up your tree, to avoid having issues.
- Remove the tree from the box and get the base secured. Spread all the branches out in order to attach the branches after you have cleaned them. If it is easier for you, put down a sheet to catch any debris that may fall as you’re cleaning.
- Test your vacuum on the tree. When you do this, use an upholstery brush attachment to test a small part at the base of the tree. The vacuum cleaner should be able to safely clean your tree without damaging it. If you do not have the attachment, you can use a hand held vacuum on a weaker suction.
- Start vacuuming. It is easiest if you work from top to bottom. Gently use your vacuum brush to suction dust off of the branches and the trunk of the tree. Make sure to avoid vacuuming the tree into the hose or pulling out greenery. Doing that, could result in damage to your vacuum.
- Prepare to wipe down the tree. Fill a bucket with mild dish soap and warm water, avoiding any harsh chemicals that could damage your tree. Make sure to unplug your tree if it has built in lights. Use a soft washcloth or dust rag to clean the tree, these cloths will be easier in the cleaning process and won’t get tangled up in the branches.
- Wipe the trunk and branches. Dip your rag into the soapy water and wring it out well. Use the rag to gently clean the tree, working top to bottom. Rinse the dust off of your rag frequently to prevent spreading dust to other parts of the tree. Change the water in your bucket as necessary. If you see suds are appearing on your tree, or that the branches are very wet, then you are not wringing out the rag enough. Allow the tree to dry completely before plugging the tree back in.
Now you are ready to decorate your tree!