• The holidays are here!

    I don’t know about you but there is something magical about putting up the Christmas tree with the kids. I love watching their faces light up as they pull out their favorite ornaments, decorate, and build memories of our family traditions.

    Every year we put up our tree the week of Thanksgiving. This year I let my daughters have complete control over decorating the tree. Which in hind sight might have been a mistake for my OCD self. My five year old decided that all of the snowflake ornaments were a family, and that for Christmas they needed to be together and not spread out all over the tree.  All twelve of the large snowflakes ended up grouped at the bottom right hand side of the tree. I waited five days before moving them; telling my daughter that they spent too much time together, and needed a little space or they would start fighting, and destroy the tree. After all, snowflakes and glitter can be mighty destructive. She seemed to accept my explanation without a second thought, and my sanity was saved. I can’t wait to retell this story when she is older.

    While our tree is already up, some have yet to put up your tree. Either way there are some common mistakes we see from tree trimming, during the holidays, that lead to problems with carpet. To protect your rugs from your tree here are a three tips to help you avoid a panic later.

    3 Tips to Avoiding Carpet Tragedy

    1. Do not use felt for a tree skirt. Brightly colored felt will bleed color so if you get it wet, or someone spills something on it, your carpet is sure to get a dash of new color. This wonderful addition will be permanent so take care not to make this common mistake.
    2. If your tree sap on your carpet use a mixture of denatured alcohol and water to remove the sap
    3. Proper containment for your Christmas tree water supply is important. If you do not have the right size container or it leaks you will have a problem that you may not notice for a month. Problems like this can cause water stains, and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Make sure your containment is good functioning order before you put up your tree.

    Happy Holidays Everyone!