How to clean baseboards with ease using these tips and tricks
Every time we dust ceilings, walls, or shelves, all that extra dirt floats to the floor. And while it may seem like it magically disappears, it often seeps into baseboards. That’s why today at MAG we tell you how to clean them easily using these 8 tips and homemade tricks.
Clean baseboards roughly once a month It’s one of those home cleaning hacks that make a room look polished, neat and tidy. Fortunately, learning how to clean baseboards it’s quite simple and there are many tips to do it quickly and effectively.
What are baseboards and why should I clean them?
A skirting is the molding wood or fiberboard that runs along the joint where the wall meets the floor. Like the crown molding that connects the wall and ceiling or the frames that surround doors and windows, a baseboard provides a clean, streamlined appearance to a room.
In addition to looking elegant, a skirting protects the bottom of the wall of furniture, shoes, and other items that could hit or scratch this vulnerable area. On the other hand, this placement means that they are also prone to chafing, scratches and, the biggest headache of sockets, to the dust fall.
How to clean baseboards
There’s a big difference between removing a layer of dust and deep cleaning your baseboards. Keep your baseboards in good condition by cleaning them as often as you vacuum each room. Deep cleanings are often only necessary once every few months.
- Vacuum with brush attachment. Start by removing large dust specks, bits of sand from shoes, and the occasional cobweb that collects on baseboards. Many vacuum cleaners have a small brush attachment that connects to the bottom of the main wand. Run the vacuum brush along the top and bottom of the baseboards, as well as any crevices in the design.
- Remove dust with a long microfiber mop. Microfiber flat mops are a great way to catch loose dust if you don’t have a vacuum. If the mop won’t allow you to get into all the crevices, it’s time to get down to eye level with the skirting board and use the microfiber cloth for a deeper clean.
- Dust with a dryer sheet. Here’s a fun hack for your cleaning rounds: Dryer sheets can replace dustless microfiber cloths and keep dust away in the future. The dryer sheet leaves a static-fighting residue on the baseboard, preventing dust buildup right away. Run the foil along the baseboard by hand after you’ve vacuumed it, or attach it to the end of a flat mop for less bending.
- Dishwasher clean. A solution of dish soap and warm water (a few drops in a gallon of water will do) is safe on both stained wood and painted baseboards. Apply the wet solution to the cleaning cloth and wipe away any sticky residue, scuff marks, or stubborn grit that didn’t come off during dusting. The smooth solution is also safe if you have hardwood floors under the baseboards, just make sure to prevent water from pooling on the floor.
- Make a vinegar solution. There’s a lot smart ways to use vinegar around the house, and a solution of it and water is also excellent on baseboards. It is best to mix a half cup of distilled white vinegar with a gallon of warm water. You can even add a few drops of dish soap to break up tough stains. It is recommended that you test a little of the solution on an inconspicuous area before cleaning the entire baseboard.
- Use an old sock. If you’re short on cleaning tools, there are lots of fun hacks to try. For example, attach an old but clean sock to the end of a broomstick. Run your sock along the baseboards for a quick dusting, or dampen it with a cleaning solution. This trick will keep you from bending over to clean the baseboards.
- Use cotton swabs. Baseboards can collect dust between their cracks. Dust especially likes to accumulate in the corners of rooms. If you’re doing a deep clean throughout your house, break the cotton swabs and dip them in a little dish soap and water to target the tough spots.
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