Carpet Care Around The Christmas Tree

Christmas trees, though festive and beautiful, can be hard on carpets. Between embedded pine needles and rust stains, Christmas trees can wreak havoc on clean, fresh carpeting.

One of the best ways to care for your home's carpet at this special time of year is to take preventative measures that prevent stains and pine needles from becoming a problem. Unfortunately, preventative measures aren't always enough, and that's why it's important to know how to get rid of stains that form under your tree. These tips will help you avoid and treat Christmas tree-related carpet problems.

Pine Needle Removal

Dry pine needles can easily get buried deep in carpet fibers. Vacuuming frequently and watering your tree often will help you stay on top of the problem. Using a tree skirt can also help prevent pine needles from falling into your carpet.  

As you vacuum the pine needles from the area beneath your tree, you may find that excessive amounts of pine needles can cause clogs in your vacuum. To avoid doing damage to your vacuum, use a shop vacuum in the area around your tree before using the standard vacuum. Shop vacuums are generally more powerful and better built for sucking up pesky pine needles.

Rusty Water Stain Prevention and Treatment

Spilled rusty water from your tree stand can easily lead to carpet stains. You can avoid this problem by placing a protective plastic mat underneath your tree, but if you do, make sure the mat extends far enough outside the base of the tree that no moisture will become trapped beneath the mat. Plastic mats that trap in moisture can cause your carpet to mold. As an alternative, you may be able to catch any rusty water that overspills the tree stand by placing the stand inside a large plastic storage tub or another wide flat plastic bowl.

If your carpet does become stained with rust, the solvent oxalic acid is known to clean up such stains. Wearing rubber gloves, place a few drops of oxalic acid on a clean white rag and blot the area until the stain disappears. As with all harsh cleaning products, test oxalic acid on your carpet for color fastness before using it in an area in the middle of the room.

If the oxalic acid won't remove the rust stains from the carpet, or if the oxalic acid causes the dye in your carpet to wash away, contact a carpet cleaning company to help you with any stubborn rust stains under your tree. Following these tips, you should be able to enjoy your Christmas tree and protect your carpet at the same time.