How often do you clean your floors? At least once a week, right? How often do you clean your baseboards? If you are like most people, the answer is rarely. Yes, it’s no fun to clean baseboards but your home will look much cleaner and more polished if you do. Here are some tips to make this job a bit easier.
Clean the baseboards AFTER you have swept and mopped your floors as they are likely to get even dirtier as you kick up debris with your broom and mop.
Vacuum the baseboard with the brush attachment. You want them to be pet hair and dust free before you start scrubbing. Pay particular attention to the floor closest to the baseboards as that is where dirt tends to accumulate.
Spray the baseboards with an all purpose cleaner. Be careful you don’t soak them too much as you don’t want to damage your walls.
Using a damp sponge mop with clean water, wash the baseboards. The mop is convenient from a logistical standpoint, especially if you have a bad back; you don’t have to get down and dirty, so to speak. But really tough marks may still require you to get on the floor and scrub. If the stains are stubborn, just scrub harder, but refrain from using anything abrasive, like a scouring pad, on your baseboards.
Once your baseboards are clean, take a damp dryer sheet and wipe it over the wood. The anti-static cling property of the dryer sheet will cut the amount of dust that sticks to baseboards. In fact, each time you sweep and vacuum, go over the baseboards quickly with a dryer sheet. If you have shedding pets, you’ll want to do this regularly. This preventative maintenance will go a long way.
So even though it will take you some time to get your baseboards clean, you will feel much better AND your home will look much better as well.