Even if you haven’t given that much thought, baseboards can elevate the looks of your house. Needless to say, dirty baseboards will do the opposite, diminishing the beauty of your home.
Sadly, baseboard cleaning is one of the most overlooked chores by homeowners. Besides, tackling this chore can be a hassle and take a toll on you due to all the bending involved. The good news is that there are a few hassle-free ways to leave your baseboards sparkling!
So, scroll down and learn how to clean your baseboards without bending over!
How to clean your baseboards
Following these easy and practical steps will guarantee you don’t get down on your knees again to clean your baseboards!
Step #1. Sweep the dust off first
The first thing you’ll notice on your baseboards is the accumulated dirt. Besides looking bad, if you don’t dust them, it will result in a mess when water and soil mix, further staining your baseboards.
So, you can grab your trusty broom, wrap a microfiber cloth around the bristles, and secure it with rubber bands. If you don’t have a broom at hand, any pole will do the trick! Then, sweep the dust away from your baseboards and vacuum the floors after finishing.
Step #2. Make the cleaning solution
If you are reluctant to use commercial cleaners on your baseboards for any reason, don’t worry! There are less expensive yet equally effective methods to tackle baseboard cleaning. Luckily, you may already have the necessary items in your house. Check the following cleaners:
- For vinyl and painted baseboards: Mix ½ teaspoon of dishwashing soap and 4 cups of warm water in a small container.
- For finished wood baseboards: You’ll need another solution to avoid damaging the wood. Mix a gallon of warm water, ¼ cup of dish soap, and a tablespoon of vegetable or mineral oil in a bucket.
Step #3. Remove the grime
Attach a clean microfiber cloth to your DIY tool, dampen it with the cleaning solution, and then wring it out to remove excess moisture. Applying just a little pressure, start to wipe your baseboards from top to bottom.
If you are dealing with too much dirt, detach the cloth and rinse as needed to avoid streaks on your baseboards—remember that you want to leave them spotless!
Step #4. Final touches
When you’re done wiping off the grime, leave your baseboards to air-dry or dry them with another microfiber rag before calling it a day. Now you have beautiful, clean baseboards! Remember to repeat this process at least twice a year.
Pro tip: After the baseboards dry, give them a second wiping with a dryer sheet. The oil in these sheets will stick to the baseboards and prevent dust from settling there.
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