Nothing can replace having a real tree in your home for the Christmas season. The natural beauty of its branches and the fresh pine fragrance make it a wonderful addition to your seasonal decor. However, having a real tree can very quickly become a hassle when it comes time to haul it out of your home and clean up the mess of fallen needles left in its wake.

With the Holiday season coming to a close we thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on how to clean up after your Christmas tree.

The first thing you’ll want to do is get yourself a handy dandy tree bag; which is basically a very large plastic bag made especially for your Christmas tree (how neat is that!). You can find these bags online, at your local home goods store, or at many hardware stores. They are inexpensive and make dragging that tree out of your home a much smoother process.

Once you’ve taken the tree out of your home it’s time to clean up any needles or twigs that might have fallen off. If you had your tree in a room without carpet then it’s best to use a broom and dustpan instead of a vacuum to pick up the needles, as the vacuum may have difficulty picking up the needles and the spinning brush may simply send the needles flying far and wide (a shop-vac would work – but be careful not to harm the flooring). Also, if you don’t have a heavy duty vacuum or shop-vac, there’s a chance that the coarse, sharp needles may damage your vacuum cleaner.

If your Christmas tree was set up in a carpeted room, here are a few ideas to help you get things back into pristine condition.

A broom and dustpan clearly won’t do the trick when trying to get those needles out of the carpet, so you’ll need to go with a vacuum for this. You can try sprinkling baking soda on your carpet where the needles have fallen. The baking soda will coat the needles, making it easier for the vacuum to suck them up. This will also help them not get stuck inside the vacuum.

That may not have gotten everything, as there will usually be some needles that are pretty stubborn and refuse surrender to the force of your vacuum. If that’s the case, you can use the duct tape approach. Just take some duct tape and wrap it around your hand, sticky side facing out, and then run your hand over the area of the carpet where the needles are hiding. The needles will stick to the duct tape and come right up out of your carpet. Once the duct tape on your hand is full of needles simply replace it with a new piece and continue the treasure hunt. This is more efficient than picking up needles by hand.

After you’ve completed the above two steps take out your vacuum and do one last run over the entire floor. This will give the room those nice clean lines.

That’s it, you’re done! Your Christmas tree is now a beautiful memory, your home is sparkling and fresh, the pokey little remnants of the Christmas tree needles are nowhere to be found, and the hassle of cleaning up after your Christmas tree was made fun and easy thanks to our good friends the tree bag and the duct tape.

Happy cleaning!

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