After the magic of Christmas fades away, it naturally becomes time to store away the artificial Christmas tree until next year.
However, determining where to store a tree often becomes an issue – especially for new artificial tree owners.
Two common areas that are considered for storage, outside of the basement, are the garage and attic. But is it okay to store an artificial tree in theses areas?
Artificial Christmas Tree – Garage & Attic Storage Considerations
Pests and dust are concerns when storing an artificial Christmas tree in the garage or attic. This is especially true given that many garages and attics are not sufficiently sealed to prevent debris or pest from entering the area.
If the tree is stored in the original cardboard box, for example, pests and dust can easily gain access to the tree. This may make for an interest time next Christmas as you potential have to deal with inscet, rodent, and other tree damage.
Christmas tree manufacturers typically do not recommend placing an artificial tree in an uncontrolled temperature environment such as a garage or unfinished attic. A dry and cool location is advised for storage such as a basement.
Excessive temperatures and humidity can damage an artificial tree and void the warranty. Types of damage may include melting or a change of color of the tree.
Garage & Attic Storage
The problem for many people is that they lack space for their artificial Christmas tree and must resort to the garage or attic for storage. If this is the case for you, you should consider sealing your tree in a bag designed for artificial Christmas trees that does not allow in debris, moisture, or pests.
We have provided a few storage bag recommendations in the below table. These bags will give your tree a fighting chance to last for years ahead should you need to store it in the garage or attic. However, there is no guarantee that a bag will protect your tree in harsh conditions.
When storing the tree in the garage, it should be elevated off the ground and placed on garage shelving to avoid the inevitable moisture that garages have in winter and spring.
Lastly, always keep your Christmas tree away from a heat source such as a garage heater or furnace. Not only is the heat not good for the tree, but it can ignite it on fire if too close. Additionally, read the storage instructions that come with your tree. They often provide the best information pertaining to your particular tree regarding proper storage.