You have found the Christmas tree of your dreams, and you are getting ready to bring it home. But before you do that, you need to know how to protect your floors from them. If not properly prepped and maintained, you can damage your floors. That is why we created this guide on how to protect your floors from Christmas trees.
Before bringing your Christmas tree inside your home, you need to clean the floors. You are going to want to make sure there is nothing on the floor. Leftover dirt with a massive tree on top can cause small scratches. To avoid this, you are going to sweep and vacuum the area. If you need to mop, apply small amounts of water and cleaning solution. You can also contact a cleaning specialist or flooring expert to give you the best advice on how to clean your floors. If you have carpet, you will need to vacuum the area. Do you have large stains on your carpet? There is no need to worry because we have a skilled team of experts who can professionally clean your carpets.
If you want your floors to shine with your Christmas tree, then you are going to want to refinish your hardwood floors before buying your tree. You will want to get this done a couple of weeks before you make your tree purchase. Once the refinishing is complete, you can bring in the glorious tree. We have a team of hardwood floor refinishers ready to help. If you do not want to keep up with the maintenance of a tree and your floors, then we highly recommend sticking with an artificial tree this year.
Place a Barrier Between Your Tree and Floors
To avoid water damage and fallen pine needles from scratching your floors or finishing, you need to place a barrier between your tree and floor. This barrier is usually a tree skirt, tree bucket or drain tray. You can find both at your local hardwood store or online. If you are a crafty individual, you can also make a DIY barrier. The more you play around and research, the more protective measures you will come up with.
Bringing it in
Now that the setup is complete, it is time to bring the tree indoors. You have most likely kept your tree in your garage or outside for 24 hours to get it adjusted to your area or to let small creatures leave. But before hauling it inside, you are going to want to shake off any loose needles and pests. Yes, your Christmas tree can hold pests like spiders or even termites. Once you do this, you can bring it inside and decorate it.
Maintaining the Tree
Maintaining your Christmas tree does not end when you bring it inside. Instead, there is still a lot that you need to do. You need to clear away fallen pine needles daily. A vacuum or broom can accomplish this task. A good tip to remember is that if you keep your tree well-hydrated, fewer and fewer needles will fall from it.
By following the steps above, your floors will stay protected all holiday season long. And if you need help with any flooring installation, hardwood floor refinishing or handyman tasks in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or the surrounding areas, contact Valor Home Services right away.