How Long Does an Artificial Christmas Tree Last?

The dilemma in between purchasing an artificial Christmas tree, made of plastic, mass-produced in a factory, and cutting down a real tree for Christmas celebrations is overwhelming for many.

Experts recommend using artificial Christmas tree for at least eight, or ideally, twenty seasons.

It takes a long time to preserve an artificial tree, especially if it is twenty years. Customers in the United States purchase around 10 million artificial Christmas trees every year. Many of these trees are produced from PVC and therefore cannot be reused.

Your family’s Christmas tree can serve as your treasured heritage if you properly store it and take care of it. Fortunately, there are ways that help you preserve your artificial Christmas tree. 

  1. 1. Choose a Reliable Merchant to Buy Your Christmas tree From
  2. 2. Hanging Christmas Lights and Ornaments
  3. 3. Cleaning Your Artificial Christmas tree Each Year
  4. 4. Storing Christmas Trees

  1. 1. Choose a Reliable Merchant to Buy Your Christmas tree From

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Purchasing a Christmas tree from a reliable merchant who preserved it like a fresh one, is the most environmentally responsible thing. 
If  you decide to buy a new artificial tree. In that case, you should seek shops and merchants that have signed agreements to promote sustainability in some way, such as by utilizing sustainable power in their factories or cooperating with groups dedicated to protecting the environment.

When thinking about the tree itself, height and width are essential considerations. You want to invest in something that will endure for years, which means that it should be able to be with you for long. 

  1. 2. Hanging Christmas Lights and Ornaments

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It may be a pain to wrap lights around a large tree, but buying one that already has lights strung around is a time saver. On the other hand, these lights also make one of the most common problems with artificial trees. You need to spend a lot of time fixing the lights on your fake tree so you can get the most out of it without any interruption during your holiday season. But what if after spending hours, you turn on the lights and find that a big part of the tree does not illuminate? 
It is possible to examine and replace fuses in the fuse box of the tree, which you can easily see close to the central structural pole or next to the primary power connection at the bottom of the tree. You may find a new fuse online or at a home improvement shop near you to replace the one that came with the tree, or you can use the spare fuse included with the tree.
A tree losing its illumination from faulty lights or a broken bulb is problematic. As soon as you become aware of a damaged bulb, replace it with a new one since it may generate additional pressure on other bulbs, leading to further damage.  

If you find that a whole strand of lights is broken, you will need to remove it. Hire a professional trash disposal service provider in your area for a safe disposal of old string of lights so that it isn’t hazardous.

  1. 3. Cleaning Your Artificial Christmas tree Each Year

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Yes, you can clean your artificial Christmas tree, and you should do it every year. Start making plans to clean your tree of any dust or particles that may be hidden in the foliage after it has been stored for months. This should be done a month or two before the tree is supposed to be displayed for Christmas. Follow these steps. 

  • ● Take down the Christmas lights and any other electrical decorations on the tree.
  • ● Use a vacuum or a microfiber cloth to clean the dust off the branches.

To clean dirty trees, mix some teaspoons of dishwashing soap in warm water and use that to scrub the trees. To clean the branches, wash them down with a microfiber cloth that has been soaked in the mixture of soap and water. Make sure you dry the tree before attaching the lights.

  1. 4.Storing Christmas Trees

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Proper tree storage is vital if you want it to live longer. It is important to remember that fake trees spend most of their life in storage. The first thing you should do is to buy a carrying case with dimensions enough for your Christmas tree. Some models can stand upright on their own or roll smoothly in different directions.
Remember that high temperature and humidity variations during the year might lead to mold, fungus, or tree withering. Even though you usually store the tree in the attic or shed, remember that these things can happen.
Take off all the decorations, including the garland, light strands, and any other ornaments on the tree. Get them organized so that decorating your home next year will be simpler and store the pieces that are the most prone to breakage in sturdy containers that are clearly labeled. Before storing the tree, take care of any decorations that may break.
When you store the tree in its own container or bag, it is imperative that you carefully adhere to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer for folding the tree’s limbs in and disassembling the tree. This will assist in maintaining the aesthetic appeal of that artificial Christmas tree for many years.