I have started seeing tree stands around the Portland area. Many parts of the country may not have live trees this year because of the drought. Portland does not have that problem so far. We still get rain; in fact, enough rain to furnish live trees for many parts of the country. Tree stands adorn vacant lots and support non-profits around Portland. Of course, many people like to cut their own tree, but most of the lots have trees cut in the last week. They are fresh.

In Portland you can get about any kind or size of tree you want at about any price. The local scout troop may have trees for ten dollars. Or you can go get an elite tree stand for seventy. Lot worker slosh around in boots helping consumers carry trees to their cars and supply jute yarn to tie it to the roof for the trip home. We generally shop for Christmas trees in the rain in Portland.

I provides carpet cleaning in Portland which takes me to most parts of the city and surrounding areas. The other day I drove by a lot with a large assortment of flocked trees in pink, blue, and white. It gave me an idea for today’s post. How does one deal with flocking on carpet? Ideas coming to one in the van does not mean that you will find much written on about the topic. Such is the case with tree flocking.

Let’s start with the basics. Tree flocking is made of cellulose, water, wax, adhesive and sometimes fire retardants. The commercially flocked trees at a nursery are of better quality than the flocking bought in a can at the discount store. Flocking usually makes a tree last longer as it seals the water inside the tree to prevent evaporation.

How you How to clean up and dispose of a Christmas Tree from your house makes a difference in the amount of cleaning you will have to endure. The linked article has some great ideas. Enclose the tree in a tree bag before removing. You can use a sheet but the store-bought sack works better. The bag captures all the needles and flocking. Clear a path to the door. After a few weeks in the house, it always amazes me how wide the tree has become. It feels like it takes up the whole room. You need to clear a wide path.

The flock that inevitably fell to the carpet consists of the flocking that didn’t quite stick. The adhesive in flocking seldom sticks to plastic or the nylon in your carpet for that matter. However, we still need to take it seriously. If you walk on it for a time, it will find a way into your carpet. It has wax and chemicals in it that we don’t want in the carpet. I’d go over with the vacuum cleaner first. Go slowly. Let the machine do the work. Make sure you work with a most empty bag for maximum suction power. What fails to come up with the vacuum you can remove with a lint roller or sticky tape. Schedule a deep cleaning just to be safe.

Hope this information is helpful. Until next time…Sean!