How to Clean Baseboards
Your carpets, furniture and even walls get the bulk of weekly cleaning attention, but baseboards can accumulate unsightly dirt, grime, stains and scuff marks, which can subtly diminish the visual appeal of your home. It’s a quick and easy task, worth adding to your cleaning routine, as a little attention can make a big difference.
When cleaning your home, you should always do the baseboards last, as they tend to capture the accumulated dust and dirt from cleaning surrounding areas. Before cleaning your baseboards, move your furniture away from the walls to give yourself space for cleaning.
- Remove Dust: Dust to the top edge of the baseboard. Make sure to get into the groove between the baseboards and the wall to remove any trapped or tucked away dust. Use a hand broom or a vacuum brush attachment to reach tight areas.
- Vacuum: Vacuum the entire baseboard using the brush attachment on the vacuum hose to remove dust and debris from the surface and bottom of the baseboards.
- Clean: Mix a 1:5 ratio of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner with water. Apply it to a microfiber cloth or paper towel and wipe down the baseboard. To avoid streaking, scrub in sections, ensuring the product doesn’t dry on the surface before the next step.
- Wipe Down: Wipe down the cleaned surface with a microfiber or paper towel dampened with clean water.
- Spot Clean Tight Spaces: Use a cotton swab dipped in the Simple Green solution to scrub hard-to-reach corners and crevices. Use a wet cotton swab to wipe the same area.
- Dry: Allow to air dry.
Bonus tip: You can prolong baseboard cleanliness by rubbing them with a fresh dryer sheet. The antistatic properties on the sheet actually repel dust.