Artificial Christmas Tree Storage
Artificial Christmas trees require proper usage, from it setting-up to keeping it in the attic for post Christmas season. Most Christmas trees come with instructions on the correct way to set it up for the holidays, but there are usually no directions for the when the season is over. Here is a brief guide on proper artificial Christmas tree storage.
Once red velvety days of Christmas are over, do not dismantle your tree just yet. Allot time for a pre-storage cleaning that will save you from having to clean your tree next year. Check your assembly instructions for specific cleaning directions. If they are not provided by the manufacturer, then start with putting away all decorations. Make sure to unplug pre-lit Christmas trees to avoid accidents.
After tossing your tree skirt in the laundry, place a sheet of paper, plastic or cloth under the tree so that dust and fallen fragments can easily be taken to the garbage bin. Prepare your vacuum cleaner with a clean filter and a new bag. Use an upholstery brush attachment, and do a short test at the base of your tree. Set the vacuum cleaner to a moderate strength. Begin from the top of the tree, working down to a single run since dust and other wreckage will be falling down. When doing this, maintain a half inch of distance between the vacuum cleaner and the Christmas tree. A hand vacuum, in some cases, is better because it does not “suck-in” your tree as it maintains a reasonable power. Work on branches first, and then the trunk, then onto the lower set of branches and so on.
After using the vacuum cleaner, prepare a solution of light dish soap and water and a towel to wipe off remaining dust and unwanted particles. Make sure your towel or cloth is not too wet and simply damp so that you will not leave the tree soaking wet and damage the color or the lights. Put away the sheet underneath your tree and you are done cleaning.
Breaking up and storing the tree
Prepare a place to keep your tree for the next nine months. The attic, a basement, or garage are great places to store an artificial Christmas tree.
Next, prepare storage bags to put in the parts before stocking them up in a box.
Un-fluff the tree to save space. This is done by putting back smaller branches towards the main branches so they are folded and skinny. Start from the top, then work your way downwards.
After un-fluffing the tree, it will be easier to disassemble it starting from the top part. While holding the top part face down, compress the branches towards the trunk. Use a cord to put it together, but make sure it is not too tight to preserve the fullness of the tree. Set aside. Some Christmas trees do not allow this; if your tree seems hard to compress, skip this step.
Repeat the previous step on the center then lower parts of the tree.
Put each part in storage bags, making sure that the wider part is at the bottom, while the pointed or narrower part is at the top. Start with the bottom part and place it at the right side of the box. Then work with the middle part and place it at the left side of the box so that there is space in the middle. Place the top part and other components of the tree in the middle.
Tape shut the box to protect the tree from dust. Your artificial classic Christmas tree will be safe for the rest of the year and good as new when the holidays come around.