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Big Mistake Made With Christmas Trees That Can Ruin Area Rugs! Prescott AZ

The Big Mistake You Can Make With Your Christmas Tree That Can Ruin Your Area Rug! Prescott AZ

Live Christmas trees are lovely. The look good and they smell even better!

However, where you place your live tree in your home should be a T.T.T. (thoroughly thought through) process.

And here is WHY?

Most folks opt to put their Christmas tree in the living room where there is much family activity. Not to mention the fireplace, maybe the tv.... AND MAYBE A FINE AREA RUG!

Unknowingly – this can lead to a disaster.  And here is how - There is a real danger in harming your area rug if you mistakenly overwater the tree stand water vessel. It’s hard to crawl under the tree and it’s even harder to see exactly how high the water is rising in the tree stand. I know – I’ve been there and I think most of us have. But what's not hard is overflowing the tree stand with water!


Flooding water onto your area rug fibers is one of the WORST accidents that can happen to your area rugs and likely will cause PERMANENT DAMAGE by staining the rug and possibly causing dye migration.

AND WORSE YET…. there is the real possibility over watering and spilling onto your fine area rug will also cause dry rot to the fibers! (that’s worse than staining)


Dry rot is the term given to rotting decay caused by fungi that deteriorate rug fibers (more often the cotton foundation) of area rugs. End result is a big ol whole where the decay has occurred!

This is why Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott AZ warns everyone to take precautions to prevent water overflow from coming in contact with the area rugs. 

My first recommendation is to play it safe and never put your live Christmas tree on top of your area rug. An ounce of precaution can save you a pound of cure.

If you decide you really want to place your Christmas tree on top of your area rug, you should take precautions ahead of time to help prevent the possibility of the water from the tree stand  from getting onto your area rug.

I recommend a plastic or some other waterproof container under your tree stand to capture any potential overflow. And be EXTRA CAREFUL not to over water your Christmas tree. Make it very clear to others that might have the chore of watering the tree, which might be your over ambitious spouse, the house sitter or perhaps the kids that are always in a rush to finish their chores and get back to video gaming.

REMEMBER:  Prevention is always the best solution. 

If you have the misfortune of finding one of your area rugs sitting in a puddle from overwatering, your area rug will need immediate attention. Here at Arizona Oriental we will take the necessary steps to help correct the damage and prevent further damage. But remember, permanent damage is very common and we cannot guarantee complete removal of stains and remember too that dry rot is irreversible, this is why I can’t stress enough - prevention is key.     

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training which includes certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

If you would like more information about Christmas tree over watering damage or a free estimate to clean your area rug, give us a call at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 

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