When you have too much to clean at home, baseboards are definitely not in your priority list. However, cleaning them from time to time is helpful for maintain a tidiness and a healthy environment. Cleaning your floor doesn’t always do the work for you, so here’s a quick guide on how to clean your baseboards—without straining your back.

In first place, you can schedule a monthly, dedicated cleaning for your baseboards. A frequent and preventive maintenance will avoid any hard, long and tiring process.

Remember to do your floor cleaning first, as it will help you to pick up any excessive debris.

Let’s clean!

–       Vacuuming with the brush attachment will allow removing dust, hair, dust and any loose dirt. Always remember to put special attention to the floor around the baseboards.

–       Spray the baseboards with a cleaning solution; it can be an all-purpose cleaner or a mix of half water half vinegar. Remember that splashing is not the same as soaking (you don’t want to damp your walls). When done, wait 10 minutes for the solution to sit before continuing.

–       To rinse, there are two ways depending of your disposition and time:

a)       Damp a sponge with clean water. Wash the baseboards one by one.

b)       Use a mop to clean the baseboards. This is a quicker method, however, if they happen to have stains, you might need to scrub them directly with a sponge or a cloth.

–       Let them dry. Also, you can take a new dryer sheet and wipe it over the wood. These sheets have a property (anti-static cling) that will prevent dust to stick to baseboards. This will help you in the long run, because you’ll be able to just vacuum them in the future.

Finally, if your baseboards present hard-to-clean corners that are really dirty, you can use cottonheads to clean them. This will take a fair amount of time, but it0’ll be worth it.

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