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The festive countdown is now in full swing and that means the annual Christmas preparation of your home.

If you are looking to buy and currently rent, or already own your own home, the installation of solid wood flooring is a great investment that needs looking after all year round.

At Christmas, we tend to have more guests in our homes and we make our houses look as warm and as festively inviting as we can. Whether you usually buy a chopped tree or bring in a potted tree from the garden, remembering to watch out for the water marks and possible scratches of pine needles. Christmas time can also mean more spilled food and drinks, dirty footsteps, the moving of furniture and presents and boxes that may all take their toll on your wooden floors. Check out our maintenance tips across our blog for wooden flooring, including information about re-waxing and varnishing techniques.

  1. Shake after choosing your perfect live tree and getting it home, try to give it a gentle shake outside to dislodge any of the looser pine. Real trees are often wrapped in plastic netting. Try and carefully move the tree through your home avoiding trailing too many spilt needles on to your floors.
  2. Some pine Christmas trees shed less needles – do a little research beforehand as to what styles you prefer.
  3. A potted tree will need watering, and this can be reused by keeping it outside the following year. Ecologically this is an environmentally more conscious choice as the tree can be brought in each year for Christmas. These are usually more expensive however Chopped trees will shed sooner, beginning after about a week as they no longer have a root and will slowly go brown and die.
  4. Make sure to water your potted tree regularly.
  5. Protect your wooden floors by placing a plate or dish to act as a waterproof barrier.
  6. Place the tree in to pot, over a base plate or dish over a folded cloth or old piece of rug or carpet to fully protect your floor from water marks and scratches from the base itself.
  7. Removing the Tree After the festivities are over, it is time to remove the tree, which will be shedding more needles than before. Wrap the tree up in plastic sheeting.
  8. Slide the tree, pot, base and fabric/carpet together as one item close to the door where it will be moved from.
  9. If this isn’t possible, try to remove the base or pot from the tree over a plastic sheet or container. Wrap the end of the chopped tree to prevent sharp edges scratching floors or walls.
  10. Give the surrounding area a good sweep with a gentle, non-scratch dustpan and brush. Wipe to absorb any moisture, spillages and dropped pine needles.

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