How To Clean Up Christmas Tree Needles From Carpeting

Many of us in SW Florida enjoyed freshly cut Christmas trees this year, and as this holiday season comes to a close, we’d like to share some tips on how to remove and then clean up after your tree.

Turkey Basters Come in Handy

Before removing your Christmas tree from the stand, use a turkey baster to remove all the remaining water.  This will help prevent spills (the water might have sap or dirt in there and you don’t want that dripping on your carpeting or grout lines).

Rubber Brooms Are The Best for Removing Pine Needles

Before even thinking about turning on your vacuum cleaner, sweep the pine needles up first.

Christmas tree needles might have sap on them and can ruin a vacuum cleaner (who needs any surprise bills after an expensive Christmas!).  Any broom will work, but we recommend using a broom with rubber bristles.  Rubber brooms are good for removing fur from carpeting too!

A Baking Soda Trick

Yup, baking soda can help clean up your Christmas tree!  Before vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda over the needles – this will help coat them and make it easier to vacuum them up.  Make sure to do a thorough inspection and remove all of those pesky metal ornament hooks before vacuuming!

Those Pesky Pine Needles That The Vacuum Won’t Suck Up

There are always pine needless that relentlessly stay stuck in the fibers of your carpet.  For these, we recommend the number one fix it solution in the world:  Duct Tape.

Wrap duct tape around your hands and pat those pesky pine needles.  If this doesn’t work, try tweezers.  (Yes, tweezing your carpet may be one of the most tedious things ever suggested, but it will work).

Start The New Year Off With Fresh-Clean Carpeting, Tile Or Upholstery

Christmas trees are not the only “mess” made over the holiday season!  Spilled gravy or wine, tracked in dirt, pet accidents, food spills, the list goes on and on.  Our team of professionals at Tru-Clean Surface Care can make quick work of holiday spills and get your home ready for 2020.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a seven-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information about Tru-Clean Surface Care and the services we offer, please visit us online at or call us anytime at 239-541-4888.