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Keep Your Live Christmas Tree Merry and Your Carpets and Floors Clean in Lincoln Park This Holiday Season


    Christmas trees are beautiful and popular holiday decorations, but live trees also have a tendency to cause annoying messes. Pine needles are like confetti – they can spread to all rooms of the house, settle into carpeting, latch onto furniture, and become entrenched into the edges and corners that are hardest to clean. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons offers these handy carpet cleaning tips as you enjoy the holidays this winter in Lincoln Park and nearby Chicago, IL neighborhoods.

    There are several carpet cleaning methods for removing those pesky fallen pine needles. For spot cleaning, wrap a piece of duct tape around your hand so that the sticky side faces out. Gently pat the floor and collect the fallen needles on the tape. Repeat until all pine needles have been cleaned up. Never use a vacuum cleaner. The needles could put holes in the vacuum bag or harm the inside of the vacuum itself. Vacuuming pine needles also creates a horrible noise. Instead, try working with a rubber broom or brush. Use short strokes on carpeting and longer strokes on hardwood floors and linoleum to gather the needles efficiently.

    The way you display your live tree could affect the amount of carpet cleaning you need to do. As time goes on, your tree will dry out and drop needles faster. To keep it well-hydrated, place it in a tree stand that will provide the right amount of water for your chosen evergreen. The National Christmas Tree Association recommends a rule of one quart of fresh water per inch of stem diameter. The organization also advises that homeowners check water levels in the tree stand daily. Water levels should never go lower than the base of the tree.

    After the holidays, make your carpet cleaning efforts easier by placing large bedsheets under the tree before you start taking it down. This allows you to collect the pine needles before they have the chance to fall all over the carpeting.  When it’s time to discard the tree, use a plastic tree bag or the bedsheets to wrap the tree and tree stand and carry it outside. Once outside, simply remove the tree stand and the bag before discarding the tree.

    A gorgeous live Christmas tree doesn’t have to be a cleaning headache. ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons provides residential carpet cleaning and hard surface floor cleaning services to families living in Lincoln Park and nearby Chicago, IL neighborhoods, both throughout the holiday season and year-round. Our goal is to bring you holiday cheer and peace of mind. Give us a call today.


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

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      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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