How To Clean Baseboards

How To Clean Baseboards

In this post we will show you how to clean baseboards. There are several methods and techniques. Read ahead and find out the industry secrets. Vacuum baseboards once a month using the dust brush attachment. Rather than doing the whole house at once, you may want to do a different room every week during your regular vacuuming routine. Depending on how big your house is, this should suffice.

Twice a year, after vacuuming well, wipe baseboards with a cloth dampened with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner or mild dish washing liquid. Because baseboards are usually painted with glossy paint or sealed with a protective finish, they can be gently scrubbed. Use a light duty nylon pad to remove scuff marks. Baseboards in the kitchen and bath, which are subject to moisture and spills. They may need to be wiped monthly to keep them looking their best.


A picture of clean baseboards


Our best advice: Get the family involved to make this task go faster. So how often should you tackle this task? It really depends on your needs. Homes with lots of fur and hair should consider giving the baseboards a swipe once a week, but if you live solo and keep everything else pretty clean you might be able to get away with doing it once or twice a month.

Use a cotton swab dipped in the cleaning solution to clean the top of the baseboards and the crevice between the bottom of the baseboards and the floor.

How to Protect Baseboards

Keep your newly clean baseboards dirt-free for as long as possible by rubbing them with a dryer sheet. Yes, a dryer sheet. This prevents the static that attracts dust.

Here are some other tips on how to clean baseboards

Be sure to clean them last. Cleaning floors and dusting furniture will stir up the dirt in the room and deposit some of it on the baseboards. The best way to clean baseboards if they are stained instead of painted is to use a store-bought wood cleaner mixed according to manufacturer’s instructions. For stains and grime that won’t come out with soap and water, you may need to touch up the baseboards with paint. That’s it. Now you know how to clean baseboards. You have no excuse for grimy baseboards.