How To Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree

  • A close-up shot of a decorated Christmas tree.
Artificial trees are much easier than live trees, but they do require a little bit of love to look their best. What’s more, they certainly aren’t cheap. Taking time to properly clean and store your tree can help it to not only look better, but also last longer.

Cleaning a Fake Christmas Tree

It’s best to clean your tree after you take it down each year, but go ahead and clean it now if you skipped that step last year.

Most people think it’s easiest to clean a tree when it’s taken apart, but that’s up to you. Either way, make sure there are no lights or ornaments on your tree. If your tree is pre-lit, make sure it’s unplugged.

Using your canister vacuum (with a dust nozzle attachment if you have one) lightly go over each branch of the tree. A handheld vacuum can also work for this task.

Next, fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap and use a soft rag to gently clean the tree. Make sure that your rag isn’t too soapy and wring it out often so that you’re not just spreading dust from branch to branch.

Allow your tree to dry completely before either packing it away or decorating it.

Artificial Christmas Tree Storage

If possible, store your tree in the box it came in, which will protect it better than plastic bags. If you find that you’re running out of room to store your tree, ornaments, lights, and other holiday decorations, consider renting a self storage unit.

StorageMart offers clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today. Renting a unit is easy and affordable. Best of all, it will allow you to show your holiday cheer, while keeping your house tidy and organized the rest of the year.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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