For many of us a real tree is essential as the pine needle smell is eminently Christmassy, like the aroma of cinnamon and cloves in a warm glass of mulled wine or the fragrance of sage and onion wafting from the oven before lunch. However, it doesn’t seem like such a good idea the next day when you’re absolutely exhausted.
Luckily, help is at hand! Our post-Christmas gift to you is a few tips on how to effectively eliminate those pesky pine needles from your living room carpets and rugs.
The first step (which you’re probably already aware of) is to vacuum the main bulk of the pine needles up. What you may not be aware of though, is that it’s important to empty out the vacuum bag beforehand as pine needles can quickly become bulky. The hose attachment is the best for picking up needles.
If you are sweeping up your pine needles, a rubber broom is best. This is because the needles are less likely to stick to the rubber so you can avoid having to remove the needles from your broom as well as your carpets!
Nobody said it was easy, and of course there’s bound to still be a few (hundred) needles clinging wilfully to your soft flooring. Using sticky lint rollers or simply wrapping duct tape round your hand and patting it along your carpets are great ways to seek out the stragglers and leave your carpet immaculate and needle-free. It gives a good work out too!
WHAT ABOUT TREE SAP?
Pine needles aren’t the only pesky problem to deal with when bringing a real tree into your home for the festivities. Tree sap is the final annoyance after carefully disposing of the tree and plucking every last needle from your rugs and carpets.
On hard surfaces like tiles, laminate, vinyl or wood flooring it can be removed with warm soapy water. For soft flooring, use a little hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol on a cloth. To take the hassle out of future Christmases you may also want to look at investing in a new carpet this is more resistant to this type of damage.
If you’re looking for a fresh start for your home this New Year, have a look at our luxury carpets selection.
A polypropylene carpet is ideal for a busy family as it is stain and fade resistant – as well as fantastic value for money.
We may not be able to help you with all the washing up, but hopefully we’ve made the task of pine needle eradication a little easier!
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