Because it was fiber optic and didn't have any open sockets, I placed it in the bathtub and sprayed it with a mixture of bleach and water two times letting it set 30 minutes each time. I gave it a good final rinse and then took it outside and dried it with my leaf blower. Total transformation.
By Lorraine from Manchester, MO
My aunt bought an artificial tree that was at one time "white". Now I guess from age, or exposure to the sun it has turned a dismal cream color.
The tree is wired with lights so it is not an option to just douse it in a bleach/soap solution. Please help!
Personally, I think the color the tree has aged to looks awesome! :-)
As I unpacked my tree, I noticed that there are brown stains on certain branches. Thought maybe it was from the box, also considered nicotine. Anyone had this experience? How would I clean?
Cleaning: Mix equal parts of peroxide and hot water in a spray bottle. Mist thoroughly and let stand for 5 minutes. Then spray again and wipe with white cloth. Removes nicotine stains and cardboard staining. May need to be repeated.
Preventing yellowing: Line box with white trash bag and put a box of refrigerator baking soda in box with tree.
Does anyone have any idea how to clean an artificial Christmas tree? We have had one for about 5 years and it is horribly dirty and dusty.
The best way to clean a tree (not prelit) is to use 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Use a lint free cloth and wring it out and wipe off branches. Will dry quickly and once dry, vinegar smell disappears, and smells so clean. To keep fresh and free of insects and humidity, mix 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of borax in a cheesecloth and tie shut; put in box with tree. This prevents any water damage to tree and does not void warranty. Then the next Christmas, all you have to do is decorate!