What is the best way to clean Christmas decorations?
Whether it be Christmas ornaments brought down from the loft, or decorations that have been up around the home for a few weeks, here we will share with you how to go about cleaning your Christmas decorations.
A soft make-up brush like a powder brush is an excellent tool for dusting baubles and delicate Christmas ornaments. It is perfect for giving those small tree decorations a little dust. It is important not to use detergent as this can damage the surface, and with vintage tree ornaments just water can equally cause damage. Dry dusting such items is best. If you have metal decorations then always test a small part before you polish, that way you will know if they can be polished with a solution or not. Wax ornaments can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a little warm water.
The majority of households choose an artificial Christmas tree, however these can be a haven for dust. A good trick is to clean it every year before you put it up, and/or put it away again. Lay the tree out on some plastic and take a handheld vacuum to lightly go over the tree branches. Make sure that the vacuum is not too powerful however otherwise you will end up with a damaged tree and vacuum! Stay about an inch away from the tree with the cleaner, or if possible try the upholstery attachment. A damp cloth in mild detergent (such as washing up liquid) will then finish the job. By going over each branch with the cloth you will be able to check for any damage from previous years too.
Tinsel and such other foil decorations can be given a quick wipe with a damp cloth if need be too. These types of decorations are easily torn however, so be gentle and take care to keep everything in good condition.