How To Properly Clean Your Baseboards

Published on Nov 4, 2022


The daily and weekly cleaning of heavily trafficked surfaces like floors, countertops, and tables can give your home the feeling of cleanliness but there is one portion that is often overlooked. The baseboards can collect a lot of dirt and dust and over time it’ll start to show. To keep cleaning your baseboards from being a long task, you should wipe them down regularly. Here are some tips for cleaning your baseboards: 

Vacuum with brush

When you’re vacuuming your floors, it’s a good time to hook up the brush attachment and run them all along your baseboards throughout your home. This will help to remove all the dust and dirt that has collected on the baseboards, especially in all the cracks and crevices. If you don’t want to use a vacuum, you can use a small whisk broom. 

Wipe them down

Once the dust and dirt are removed from the baseboard they are ready to be wiped down. This is especially important with the baseboards in the kitchen which will often college a lot of food and grease. Prepare yourself for this because you’ll need to spend some time on your hands and knees. 

Fill a bucket of soap and warm water up and use a sponge. If you don’t have a sponge or you don’t want to waste one on the baseboards, you can use a damp cloth instead. Soak your sponge or cloth in your soapy water, and wring out as much water as you can to avoid water collecting around the baseboard. Next, wipe down your baseboard. If you want to get in all the grooves and crevices, you can use a toothbrush to scrub the baseboards as well. 

Clean the edges

To properly clean the top and bottom of the baseboards where they are connected to the floor and the wall, you’ll want to use a cotton swab with the cleaning solution. This is a more gentle way to clean these areas where you also don’t want to risk any extra water seeping through any cracks or holes. 

Clean regularly

You can use your vacuum to clean your baseboards regularly, especially the areas of the baseboards that aren’t covered up by furniture. Another trick is to use dryer sheets to rub along the baseboards which will help collect all the dust. By doing this regularly, you can go longer between deep cleanings.

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