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O Christmas Tree, Mold and Allergies

Every year, Americans buy almost 30 million live Christmas trees to decorate their homes. Most of them are pre-cut weeks ahead of time, even before Thanksgiving, in order to make things as easy as possible for both buyers and sellers. However, while Christmas trees are a beautiful tradition, for some, they are a recipe for disaster.

As a matter of fact, by opening the door to a Christmas tree, you might also be opening the door to a mold infestation. Let’s find out why that’s the case and what you can do about it!

Why Do Christmas Trees Develop Mold?

Your Christmas tree will develop mold only if the necessary environmental conditions for its growth are met. That refers to things such as stagnant air, humidity, and warmth. But how can these factors affect mold’s growth?

Stagnant Air

Modern homes are equipped with better insulation, which can have unwanted side effects. More specifically, it can leave our home with stagnant air, which is the perfect environment for mold spores. And, without proper ventilation, these spores could grow into mold, infesting each area of your home.

Humidity and Warmth

Usually, our home’s environment can get pretty warm and humid. If that happens, mold spores that are already present in the air, will stick to any organic surface, such as your tree, and start growing. Eventually, they will infest your tree and spread as much as they can.

What Can I Do About It?

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to deal with mold problems, and they don’t involve not getting a Christmas tree.

Get an Artificial Tree

One of the easiest ways to prevent mold infestations is by choosing an artificial tree instead of a live one.

However, without proper storage, artificial trees can come out covered with mold and dust! That is why you should avoid storing them in a poorly insulated attic, as condensation can create the perfect conditions for mold growth. Additionally, since mold can grow on wet cardboard, you shouldn’t use it to store artificial trees after the Christmas season.

Rely on an Air Purifier

Last but not least, you can use an air purifier to remove mold spores from the air. That can also benefit people who suffer from asthma, as an air purifier will improve the overall air quality.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, it can be quite hard to get rid of mold once your Christmas tree has got it. But you don’t have to worry about mold infestations anymore, as Mold Solutions is here to help! Thanks to our high-quality equipment and trained professionals, we are able to deal with any mold problem, no matter how serious it is. And since we know that time is of the essence, we do all that in a timely manner, so you can enjoy the rest of your holidays together with your family.

So why let mold ruin your Christmas when you could rely on Mold Solutions?

 

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