Cleaning your baseboards isn’t exciting. But it’s the sort of task that, when completed to a sparkling T, makes your home feel and look better. No one will probably ever come in and compliment you on your clean baseboards. But they could be one clean cog in your lean, mean clean home machine.
Here find some baseboards cleaning tips:
1. The Magic Eraser Method
Grab a stack of Magic Erasers (or whichever brand you prefer), a bucket of warm, soapy water (or vinegar and water), and simply swipe. Wring the sponge out well before you wipe, so you don’t leave too-damp boards to dry. If you don’t have painted baseboards, substitute wood cleaner.
2. The Cleaning Wipes Method
Grab a box of cleaning wipes, and, well, wipe. This is particularly good if you have a small home or not a lot of time. The downside is, any method that uses disposable products is more wasteful than employing reusables.
3. The Dryer Sheet Method
Grab a box of Fabric softener sheets plus a Swiffer and take a swipe of your baseboards. The dryer sheets help coat your baseboards with some dust repelling properties.
4. The Broom Method
If you don’t have too terribly grimy baseboards, you might just need a dusting. Make it easier on yourself by using the right tools for the job. Use a mini handheld broom, or, if you don’t have one of those, a clean paintbrush (those for edging would work great).
If you sweep your baseboards this way, you might want to do it before you vacuum your floors to pick up any hair and dust that gets swept off. And if you’ve got a small enough sweeper attachment with bristles for your vacuum, use that to de-dust your boards.
5. The Sock Method
Step 1: Grab an old sock.
Step 2: Place a disposable toilet wand into sock.
Step 3: Spray the sock with your cleaning liquid of choice (gentle soap, vinegar, and water or wood cleaner), and swipe. You’ll probably look a little crazy doing it, but darn if it don’t sound easy (and dare we say fun?) to do.