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How to Clean Up Pine Needles from Carpet

If you have a real Christmas tree at home, you know its disposal will leave a mess on your carpet. In addition to being difficult to remove from carpet fibres, pine needles are coated in sap, which makes them sticky and even more challenging to clean.

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So, if you:

  • Looking for the best way to clean up pine needles;
  • Want to protect your carpet from Christmas tree pine needles;
  • Want to know if you can vacuum pine tree needles;

Then this article is for you!

How to prevent pine needles from getting on the carpet

Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your carpet free from pine needles from your beautiful Christmas tree.

  • Lint roller. A furniture lint roller wrapped around your carpet is all you need. Once the holidays are over, you can simply gather the pine needles and throw them away in the trash. Your carpet is safe. You can do the same with a simple garbage bag under the Christmas tree, only it might not look aesthetically good.
  • Spray with shellac or veneer. Before hanging your real Christmas tree, spray it with a light veneer or shellac. This will prevent the needles from falling.
  • Simply place the Christmas tree away from the carpet. It sounds like a no brainer, but if your home offers a room without a carpet, with say laminate or hardwood flooring, it would be a good idea to place your Christmas tree there. This way, at the end of the season, you can simply sweep the needles away.
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How to clean up Christmas tree pine needles from carpets

The pine needles can become embedded in the carpet if they are left to collect there for an extended period, which makes it more challenging to get rid of them.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Here is how to clean pine needles from your carpet:

  1. Get rid of the sap.

    In order to break down the sap adhesive, apply a dry foam carpet shampoo and let it sit overnight. Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitiser do relatively the same trick as loosening the sap.

  2. Brush.

    The next morning, use a stiff brush to dislodge the Christmas tree needles.

  3. Hoover.

    If the shampoo has done its job well, your house hoover would be enough to get rid of the needles. You can also opt for renting an industrial hoover to make sure you get each one of them.

  4. Gather leftovers with duct tape.

    If a few needles are still left, you can use duct tape to pull them out of the carpet. You can also use this method if you are certain there is no sap. It should be relatively easy.

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Enjoy clean carpets after the holidays with Fantastic Services

Disposing of the Christmas tree and the clean up its residue is not a hard task, but not everyone has the time or desire to put in the effort. Not to mention, people with bad backs wouldn’t want to bend down and pick up pine needles with tweezers.

That is why the Fantastic Services team offers the perfect service for you – Christmas tree disposal, along with cleaning up pine needles from the carpets and furniture. Put all your effort into making the holidays unforgettable, and we will deal with the tedious chores.

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  • To make cleaning up easier, prevent the pine tree needles from sticking to your carpet in the first place.
  • You can use a dry foam carpet shampoo to break down the sap that makes the needles stick.
  • Duct tape is a good way to pick up any leftover pine needles.


Did you find this article helpful? Do you have any tips of your own on cleaning up pine needles from a carpet? Let us know in the comments!

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