During Christmastime, it’s important to maintain a certain level of quality to your tree. Whether you have a real or artificial tree, there are steps you can take to keep them clean and in good form. To keep your tree from looking gloomy, here are some tips on how to perk up your Christmas trees!
Perk Up Artificial Trees
Artificial trees also need to be taken care of for them to look as fresh and as real as possible. Here are the steps to take when putting up your artificial tree!
1. Clean before setting up. If your artificial tree is brand new, that’s great! You can go ahead and set it up as soon as you want. If your tree was in storage and you find that it’s gathered some dust, you may want to clean it before your start decorating it.
To clean your tree, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth, being careful of any light bulbs if you have a pre-lit tree.
2. Fluff your tree. Fluffing is the key to a full, realistic-looking artificial Christmas tree. How do you fluff a tree? Start on the bottom layer of branches and work your way up. From the back of the branch (the part that connects the branch to the ‘trunk’ or spine of the tree), pull each branch up and outward, creating a V-shaped space between branches as you spread out the needles of each branch.
3. Add a scent. There are scented ornaments available in stores that give your tree a fresh pine scent. Or, you could also make cinnamon apple ornaments for your tree to give it a warmer scent that’s still reminiscent of the holidays. Adding scented ornaments helps if your tree has developed a slightly musty smell while in storage, or if your tree has a slightly plastic smell, which is normal on all artificial trees.
Keep Real Trees Fresh
Real pine trees dry up easily if not taken care of properly, so here are the things you can do to keep your real Christmas trees looking fresh for the duration of the holiday season!
1. Have your trees freshly cut. Only get your tree when you’re ready to start trimming and decorating it. Christmas trees look better and last longer when they’re freshly cut as opposed to set up far in advance.
2. Carefully cover your tree for the journey home. This reduces broken branches and snapped twigs when transporting your fresh tree. Covering your tree with plastic tarp also protects it from harsh winds and sunlight on the way home.
3. Put your tree in water. Once your tree is home, set it up on its stand, as long as it isn’t covered in snow. (If covered in snow, we let it dry out in the garage overnight.) Afterwards, place it in water so that the tree doesn’t dry out once trimmed. Check the water levels daily to see if you need to add more water. Let the needles and branches settle overnight before trimming and putting up the ornaments and lights.
4. Keep your tree away from direct sunlight. To further prevent your tree from drying up, keep it away from direct sunlight or the heater. Doing this will make the needles last longer, and reduces the risk of the tree catching fire.
5. Unplug the lights at night. Before sleeping, unplug the Christmas lights to keep the tree from drying up. This also helps prevent fire.
Keep your trees looking full and fresh this year with these Christmas tree maintenance tips! If you have more tips on how to maintain Christmas trees, feel free to share them in the comments!
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