Cleaning your baseboards is not a fun thing to do, of course, while unfortunately, you really need to do the job on a regular basis. If you have dirty baseboards inside your home, you can’t expect to have a home that feels inviting at all.
Now, let’s get the job done by grabbing some easy home supplies and tools that you have around your house. Just keep scrolling to check out our tutorial on how to clean baseboards for your reference.
How to Clean Baseboards
Prepare these supplies:
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- Microfiber cloth
- Cotton swabs
- Vacuum with hose attachment
- White vinegar, optional
- Fans, optional
Follow the steps below:
Move the furniture
Of course, you have to move the pieces of furniture that block your way to clean the entire baseboards. If some of them are too heavy, you might just want to leave them.
Dust the baseboards
Before you wipe the baseboards with any cleaning solution, it’s important to remove the dust and loose debris around. Your baseboards can be the main spots where dust is heavily collected on their nooks, crannies, and ledges.
For a more effective method, you can use the vacuum attachment to dust your baseboards. If you don’t have any, you can use an angled duster or dry microfiber cloth.
Wipe the baseboards
Actually, you can simply use a damp cloth to wipe the dirt on your baseboards, but to ensure the step is done properly, make your own DIY cleaning solution by following the steps below:
- Mix a few drops of dish soap with a half gallon of warm water in a large bucket.
- Dip a soft sponge or microfiber cloth into the cleaning mixture and wring out the excess moisture.
- Scrub your baseboards gently with a damp sponge or cloth.
- Once the sponge or cloth is dirty enough, dip it back into the cleaning solution then wring it to repeat the step.
- Never use overwet sponge or cloth to prevent water damage.
Treat difficult spots
Once you have wiped down the entire baseboards, check for difficult spots, especially the hard-to-reach ones. To get this job done, dip some cotton swabs into the cleaning mixture and apply them to the tricky spots. If the soapy water doesn’t handle the problems, you can use white vinegar.
Let the baseboards dry
Now you have cleaned your beautiful baseboards, then you need to let them dry properly. Don’t move the pieces of furniture back until the baseboards are completely dry since it can lead the mold and mildew problems. If you have a fan in hand, you can speed up the process by pointing it directly at the baseboards.
(Read also: How to Clean Vinyl Flooring by Using Kitchen Supplies Safely)
Tips to clean baseboards clean longer
The best way to keep your baseboards clean longer is to scrub them once a week. You can simply use a vacuum attachment or angled duster to remove the dirt and grime. It’s a good way to reduce the frequency of deep cleaning which can be quite exhausting.