The Best Way to Clean Baseboards Without Damaging the Paint

Baseboards are the place where floors meet walls and they come in different colors and styles depending on your home. They accumulate a lot of dirt and dust and are often overlooked during a normal cleaning routine.

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Also, because they are so low on the ground, they are rather tricky to clean and they do need to be cleaned because they take on a lot of wear and tear.

However, cleaning the baseboards in your home does not have to be a tedious, time-consuming ordeal. With a little elbow grease, your baseboards will be free of dust, dirt, grime, most stains and markings.

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Rid Dirt and Dust from Baseboard Surface

You should vacuum baseboards with vacuum hose. Use vacuum attachment along the bottom of the baseboard where it meets the flooring.

Using a Damp Cloth or Rag

If your baseboards aren’t that marked, you may just wipe them down with a damp cloth. Make sure not to saturate the cloth so the water doesn’t drip all over your floor. A little water and elbow grease should take out most of the marks and stains.

Use a Cleaner

Clean your baseboards with a soft cloth and a bucket of vinegar solution.

a) Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in bucket or bowl.
b) Add 5 cups of boiled water to the vinegar.
c) Mix with sponge or cloth rag and wipe baseboards. Do not soak the baseboards with your vinegar solution.
d) Allow baseboards to air dry.

Easy Maintenance of Baseboards

Use a fabric softener dryer sheet and wipe down the baseboards with it. This will prevent dust from adhering to the surface of the baseboards in the future.

Repainting Your Baseboard

Consider repainting your baseboards with oil-based high gloss paint. They will be easier to clean. Flat paint may cause dust to settle more easily on the wood.