Just a few more hours until the New Year and everything starts anew. While packing up the Holiday decor and laundering the seasonal linens, don’t forget to give the Christmas tree skirt a once over.

Regardless of their original or sentimental value, tree skirts should be handled with great care.  While you wont be able to throw the skirt in the wash, there are a couple of tactics you can try to spot clean any spills or stains.

If water or other liquids have spilled on the skirt, blot the area with white handkerchiefs, cotton towels, or paper towels. Use cool water to aid in removing stains.

EHow Home has tips for hand washing a felt skirt but if your tree skirt is adorned with beads, sequins, appliques, lace, felt, quilted designs, multicolored prints, and other types of decorative trim, it cannot safely be washed in most cases due to the glues and adhesives used.  These adhesives show little resistance to cleaning methods – even hand washing.

Of course you could purchase a new tree skirt but if you own one that was very costly or has sentimental value, you may want to have a professional look at it to see if it can be professionally cleaned.

If you bring it to us, we’ll consult with you prior to laundering or dry cleaning to discuss options so as not to damage the material.

Happy New Year!

– S.O.