So you’ve bought your beautiful artificial tree, gave it a nice fluff, and have commenced to decorating it with delight. You think, “how nice it is not to have to worry about watering the tree–what a great idea!”

While artificial trees are low-maintenance, we do have a few words of wisdom. You still need to care for your tree and protect it from the environment. Here are a few professional tips on how to protect your artificial tree.

Protecting an Artificial Christmas Tree

  • Keep the tree away from fire. Keep the tree away from burning candles, and other open flames.
  • Dust the tree. One of the best things about artificial trees is that you don’t have to worry about them dying. You don’t need to water them or clean up the pine sprigs that shed off if live trees. Artificial trees will, however, accumulate dust. You can use an inexpensive duster to remove it.
  • Store the tree in its original packaging. I’ve owned an artificial tree for about 10 years now, and I’ve stored the tree in the exact same box that it first came in without any problems. Once takedown begins, you can just slip the tree right back into its box and store it. If you have already thrown away the box, you can store your branches and tree frames in a large disposable bag.
  • Limit the tree’s exposure to the sun. Most people display their artificial trees indoors. In this case, you don’t have to worry too much about the sunlight affecting it. If you display your artificial tree outside, you it may get too much sun exposure. This can cause the branches to lose their shape and even color. If you are planning to put your tree outside, it is always best to place it in a cool, dry area. With this method, your tree will last much longer.
  • Place a barrier around the tree. If you have a tree at home surrounded by young children or rambunctious pets, then you can protect the tree by having some sort of barrier, such as a fence, around it. You can also purchase a Dekra-Lite Sintra Board to put around the tree. This will help the younger children and pets from picking or tugging at the tree branches, which can damage them. If you’re really worried, you can hang your tree upside down from the roof. Not only is it a more modern and unconventional look, but it will keep the children and pets from getting to it.
  • Purchase a new tree every year. If you aren’t worried about saving or protecting your tree, then you can purchase a new tree every year. Of course, you will need a little extra cash to spare. But this is a fool-proof way to ensure a great looking tree every year.

We hope you found some of these tree protecting tips useful, and feel confident you can protect your artificial tree year after year!