Often a tradition many people share in their home is a freshly cut Christmas tree. Since many people update their flooring with hardwood options, a good portion of folks will stand their tree and get it ready for display on their hardwood floor surface. Unfortunately, hardwood floors have many foes, and freshly cut Christmas trees and the associated elements are among them. Today, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to list some tips and suggestions to better preserve your hardwood floors during the holiday season.
Supplies to Protect Hardwood Floors
You need the following:
– Extra-large trash bag
– Decorative tree skirt
– Dust mop, dustpan & broom or vacuum cleaner
– Plastic tablecloth
– Plastic pitcher / watering can
– Trees stand mat or a clean sheet (old one)
How to Prevent Damage to Hardwood Floor from Christmas Tree
1) Make certain to implement your selection of dust mop, soft bristle broom, or vacuum with the beater bar deactivated to remove the dirt, dust, and debris after you have planned where the tree is placed. The soil is a detriment to wood floors, and it is imperative you remove the particles as it leaves scratches and potential gouges.
2) Place a tree stand mat or fold an old sheet into a size slightly larger than the tree stand and arrange the setup where you want your tree to stand before standing the tree in the appropriate tree stand.
3) Using your scissors and cut the netting or twine, free your Christmas tree. To contain the mess outside and let the loose needles fall outside, you can take this step outdoors. By giving the tree a mild shake, the loose needles to fall can be easily taken care of.
4) To avoid damage on the wood floor, bring the tree in the base first and slide the tree into the extra-large trash bag and pull the sides up as far over the branches as it will go. Once you have it in close proximity to the stand with a friend to alleviate the weight, get the tree to the stand and the cut the bag off. Tighten the braces accordingly once the tree is in the base of the tree stand.
5) Be sure to balance the tree, avoid the scratches on the wood floor during setup.
6) Ensure to fill the base with water, use your watering container. Make certain to wipe it up as soon as possible if any water spills.
7) In addition to the stand being shown, arrange the decorative tree skirt so no one of the mat or sheet.
8) To remove all the needles, sure to sweep or vacuum the floor around the tree after the tree is decorated. Take the time to remove all the needles since needles can scratch the surface of your wood floors.
9) When you discard the tree, siphon the water from the tree stand, remove the tree by wrapping the tree with a sheet to contain as much needles as possible.