Cleaning Baseboards

Cleaning Baseboards isn’t always so much fun but it is necessary and makes your whole house look brighter and cleaner.  

1. Baseboards: Why They Need Cleaning

We probably take our baseboards for granted, rarely noticing them. But a sure-fire way to make a room brighter and cleaner is to make sure the baseboards are clean. Baseboards collect dust and dirt from normally every day life. During mopping and sweeping, baseboards get particles of dust and dirt deposited on them as well. Baseboards in kitchen areas may get occasionally splattered with cooking mixtures, food, or even trash residue. And the ones in bathroom areas? Yes, they need to be cleaned, too. If a lot of time has passed since you cleaned your baseboards, you may be in for a shock at how dirty they’ve become. You may also be surprised at how much clean baseboards brighten and freshen a room when you’ve finished cleaning them.

 

2. Baseboards: How Often to Clean Them

Like a lot of chores in our homes, baseboards do not need to be cleaned on a daily basis. In fact, for most homes a once a month or once every few months dust down with spot maintenance will be plenty. This chore is a simple one if done regularly, requiring you to quickly dust. You’ll only need to pay closer attention to problem areas that may need to be wiped down occasionally. If, however, it has been a long time since you cleaned your baseboards, it may be a time intensive job. Some people prefer to clean all the baseboards, door frames, window frames, and outlet covers in the house at a time. They go through each room paying attention to each area. Others prefer to clean these areas as they work in the rooms they are in. Either way will get the job done.
 

3. Baseboards: Deep Cleaning

To begin a deep cleaning of your baseboards, you will need a duster, a bucket, some cleaning rags and/or sponges, dish soap (or wood soap for wood baseboards), and cotton swabs or an old toothbrush. Sitting on the floor may offer the most convenience, although a low stool or chair can be used if needed. Begin by dusting the baseboards with a duster or dry cleaning rag. This will help remove much of the dust and make washing the baseboards a more simple task. Next, fill the bucket halfway full with warm water and a few drops of dish soap for painted baseboards. If your baseboards are wood, you may prefer to use a wood soap of your choice in place of dish soap. Dip the rag or sponge into the bucket and squeeze the excess water out. You’ll want the rag or sponge damp, but not dripping. Begin washing the baseboards, rinsing the rag or sponge as needed. Finally, use a cotton swab or old toothbrush to gently scrub in the corners and hard to reach areas of the baseboards. If you are doing a large amount of baseboards, you may need to rinse the bucket out and get fresh water as it becomes dirty.

 4. Baseboards: Maintenance Cleaning

Maintenance cleaning your baseboards is a much more simple task. All it really takes is a weekly to monthly dust down of the baseboards with your favorite dusting tool in each room. As you dust pay attention to any spots that might need a quick wipe down. Treat these trouble spots with a damp rag and you will have finished cleaning the baseboards. Doing this regular maintenance on a regular basis can reduce your intense cleaning of baseboards to a once or twice a year event.

Courtesy of Sarah Aguirre

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