It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving is over, which means its time to set up your Christmas Tree. The Christmas tree brings beautiful warmth to your home and is so fun for the season. However, you want to make sure you take some precautions when setting up your tree, caring for your tree and disposing of your tree so that you won’t have a headache and need to spend money on repairs your hardwood floors after the holidays.
There are 2 major things to take precautions for with your Christmas tree. First is the water and second are the pine needles. Water can damage your hardwood floors, creating unsightly water spots and cupping on your wood floors. The pine needles can create scratches. Here are some tips so you can avoid both the water marks and scratches while putting up and taking down your tree.
First, make sure to clean the area around the Christmas tree. Dirt is an enemy to your hardwood floors and if things are dragged on it, it could cause scratches.
Second, you’ll want to prepare the stand area for the Christmas tree. Since the tree will need to have water, it is important that you have a protective barrier to keep the water from seeping into the floor. A good item for this is the water catcher that you put under your washing machine. You can then put a tree skirt above it, but it is important to have the water catcher under to make sure the water does not touch the ground.
PSA, do not use a towel! Towels are absorbent so they will absorb the water. The water they absorb will go to your hardwood floors. If wet a wet towel sits on hardwood floors for a month, it will cause unsightly damage. Do not use a towel.
When bringing the tree in, put some sheets on the ground that line the path from your door to where you will be setting the tree up. This will help to catch any pine needles that fall on the ground during the process. Since pine needles can catch up your floor it is important to minimize the amount that gets on the ground. Sheets are a big help.
In addition, prior to bringing the tree in the house shake the tree of any loose pine needles so they fall outside rather than in your house. If you can, take a big garbage bag and put it around the tree so that it will help from pine needles falling down during the transport.
While you have the tree up in your home, make sure your vacuum around the tree regularly. Pine needles will fall down and its important that you vacuum them up. Do not sweep them up, because as you sweep them it can cause scratches to your floor.
At the end of the holidays, put a bag around the tree again so that you can take the tree out with minimal pine needles falling on the ground. It is best to also put a path of sheets on the ground to the door so you can catch any stray pine needles.
Following these steps will help you to keep your hardwood floors protected from potential harm from your Christmas tree.
Have a wonderful holiday season!