We’re in full swing into the holiday season now, and many households have opted for the convenience of an artificial Christmas tree.

While they may lack the natural scent of pine (which can be resolved with scent sticks), artificial trees offer as a longer-lasting alternative when cared for properly. In this guide, we delve into the longevity of artificial Christmas trees, offering insights on care, maintenance, and storage options that can extend the lifespan of your tree to a jolly ten years. 

A decade of delight

Artificial Christmas trees, when cared for properly, have the potential to bring festive joy to your home for up to ten years. Unlike their natural counterparts, which shed needles and require annual replacements, artificial trees offer a durable and sustainable alternative for eco-conscious households. Investing in a quality tree from the start and adopting a routine of attentive care can ensure that your artificial Christmas tree becomes a cherished part of your holiday traditions for a decade.


Fluffing for fullness

Stored away for 10 to 11 months each year, artificial Christmas trees can develop compressed branches, resulting in noticeable gaps. To revive the lush appearance of your tree, start by fluffing the branches. Begin from the inner part of the tree at the bottom, gently pulling the branches outward and spreading them apart. Enlist the help of family members for a quicker and more efficient process. If your tree still looks sparse, look to add garlands or branch inserts to match and enhance fullness. Dress the tree with wide ribbons and large ornaments to disguise any remaining gaps, ensuring a visually pleasing centrepiece for your holiday decor.

Polaroid image of a Christmas tree with red and white decorations and a brown tree skirt
Polaroid image of a Christmas tree with white and gold decorations and a brown tree skirt

Investing in a quality

tree from the start.

Annual cleaning ritual

Just like any cherished possession, your artificial Christmas tree requires a bit of tender loving care each year. Before showcasing your tree, take the time to clean away dust and debris that may have accumulated during storage. Remove lights and other electrical components before using a vacuum or a microfiber cloth to dust the branches. For dirtier trees, create a soapy mixture by combining a few tablespoons of dish soap with warm water. Use a microfiber cloth dipped in the solution to wipe down the branches, then allow the sections to dry completely before assembling and adding lights. This simple cleaning routine not only enhances the tree's appearance but also maintains its overall hygiene.


Proper storage practices

The key to prolonging the life of your artificial Christmas tree lies in proper storage. Invest in a spacious storage bag that accommodates the dimensions of your tree, with options available that stand upright or feature wheels for easy mobility. Avoid storing the tree in locations prone to extreme temperature and humidity changes, such as the attic or garage, as these conditions can lead to mould, mildew, or fading. Ideally, you want them out of sight so cupboards around your house, such as the airing cupboard or cupboard under the stairs are great for storing your tree. If not, maybe store it in a spare room or on top of your wardrobe. Before storing, remove ornaments, additions, and lights (unless the tree is pre-lit) to prevent breakage and make next year's decorating process smoother. Organise decorative items in hard storage boxes, prioritising fragile items to minimise the risk of damage.

Two polaroid images of a Christmas trees with green and white decorations and a brown tree skirt

With the right care and attention, artificial Christmas trees can be cherished centrepieces for a decade, or more. By adopting a routine of fluffing, cleaning, and proper storage, you can ensure that your tree remains a symbol of holiday joy, year after year. Embrace these simple tips to maximise the lifespan of your artificial Christmas tree and keep the festive spirit alive in your home for seasons to come.