How to clean an artificial christmas tree – useful tips for cleaning an artificial Christmas tree & getting rid of dusty, musty smell
As the Christmas season approaches, many of us will start to wonder how to clean an artificial Christmas tree easily and effectively, especially if they are dusted and have not so good off putting funky or musty smell on them.
If you use real trees, every year you can get new Christmas trees of decorations and the tree branches, leaves will all be perfectly fresh and ready to be used for decorations.
If you buy an artificial Christmas tree, the first year you do not have to worry about cleaning the artificial Christmas tree, as the tree will be new and fresh for the season.
However, as an year goes by, and the next Christmas season starts, you might find that the Christmas tree that you have bought last year have dusted and not fresh anymore, some of them even may have the dusty smell that’s not appealing for the Christmas holiday season.
If the tree has any lights, ornaments or decorations from the last year, it will be easy to work with if you can remove them all and clean the tree and the decorations separately.
So, let us start by removing all or any decorations that maybe still in the tree.
Once that is done, you can start to brush off the dust from the tree branches and leaves.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any fine dust particles from the tree (make sure the lights are not connected in the tree).
If needed, make a solution of water and mild soap and put this mixture in a spray bottle and you can spray this mixture all over the tree branches and leaves and let this sit for few minutes (if doing this, make sure there is no inbuilt light for your tree and also you may put a tablecloth underneath the tree before you start doing this, to absorb any water falling down so there won’t be any moisture in the carpet or floor underneath).
After few minutes, using a paper towel or cloth towel, gently wipe down the tree, branches and leaves so it will be perfectly clean again!
However, make sure there is no water content left in the trees (as that can be a fire hazard), for safety reasons.
To clean any ornaments or lights, simply wipe using paper towels as needed.
If needed, you can also add fresh scent to the artificial Christmas tree. You may use essential oils or artificial scents to add scent to tree branches and leaves.
See my post on what kind of Christmas trees smells the best for more details on choosing tree scents for artificial Christmas trees.
At any point of cleaning or when deciding to use a spray or scent make sure there is no light connected to the trees and also do these only if the tree does not have any inbuilt lights, for safety reasons.
Hope you found this post on how to clean an artificial Christmas tree helpful in finding useful tips on how to clean your old Christmas trees easily and effectively.