Ever wondered how to clean baseboards? It should be obvious that there isn’t anything glamorous about making your baseboards look good. However, if yours are dirty, cleaning them will make your room look much better.
It doesn’t really matter what other cleaning you do in the room – if the baseboards aren’t cleaned, the room won’t look that great. When someone walks into a room and sees dirty baseboards, it gives off the impression of neglect and shabbiness.
The good news is that it’s not too difficult to give your baseboards a fabulous clean. You will, however, need some tools to get started. Grab some dryer sheets, cotton swabs, wood cleaner, vinegar, dish soap, a sponge and a vacuum.
How to Clean Baseboards
Even if you have a fairly small home, you don’t want to try to clean all of the baseboards in your home on the same day. You should try to do no more than one room per day. If the task starts to become overwhelming, then isn’t fun anymore.
You’ll want to start the process by removing as much dirt and dust from the boards as possible. You’ll also want to remove debris from the areas surrounding the boards. You can use a vacuum with a simple brush attachment to do this.
Make sure to vacuum along the length of your baseboards and pay careful attention to crevices where trim meets the floor. If you don’t want to use a vacuum, you can use a duster instead.
After you remove all of the dust and debris from the area, you can start eliminating baseboard stains and grime. The kitchen is especially notorious for these issues. You will probably be surprised to see what you’ve managed to splatter onto your kitchen baseboards over time.
To start cleaning, create a mixture of dish soap and warm water, or you can substitute vinegar for dish soap. Use a sponge to scrub all of the marks away. If the baseboards happen to be stained and not painted, you might want to consider using a specialized cleaning formulation for the job.
For the spots that are extra difficult to reach, use a cotton swab dipped in the cleaner solution to get them clean. Continue this process until you’ve cleaned all of the baseboards in the room.
How to Keep Your Baseboards Clean
Once you’ve put all that effort into getting your baseboards clean, you want to do your best to keep them clean. Fortunately, this is quite easy to do. After the main cleaning, rub the boards with fresh dryer sheets.
The dryer sheets will give the boards a fresh laundry scent, and it will pass on antistatic properties to the boards, which repels dust. The good news is that baseboards are pretty low maintenance, so once you give them a thorough cleaning – you probably won’t have to do it again for many months.
If you want to make the whole cleaning process easier, consider sitting on a skateboard. You can also use a rolling plant stand if you have one. For additional comfort, place a pillow on the skateboard.
Another important tip is to always make sure you clean the baseboards separate from the walls because the baseboards are usually dirtier and will transfer the dirt and grime onto the wall. If you find that the vacuum leaves scuff marks on the baseboard, just wrap the edges of it in making tape.