Keeping a house clean is no small feat. It seems like there is always clutter, dirt, and laundry to keep up on. In the face of all those other tasks, there are little things that tend to get lost in the shuffle. One of those little things is your baseboards. Have you looked at them lately? Here are 7 tips for keeping those baseboards clean, so you move on to frying those bigger fish.
Tip #1: Vacuum or dust first
Before you actually scrub your baseboards, you’ll want to remove most of the simple dust. Use your vacuum hose or long-handled duster. They’ll probably look much better when you’re done, and getting the dust out of the way first will help you clean what might be lurking underneath.
Tip #2: Sweep or Vacuum Floor Edges
Don’t put away your vacuum yet! Unless you remove the dust, pet hair, or crumbs from along the edges of the walls, they have a way of leaping right back onto your baseboards.
Tip #3: Clean by Small Sections
Use your spray bottle with multi-purpose or wood cleaner and work in small sections. You’re less likely to miss spots this way.
Tip #4: Try a Magic Eraser
If you’ve never tried the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean, you should! These little foam sponges are great for cleaning just about everything, including the stuff you didn’t think you’d be able to get off your baseboards.
Tip #5: Don’t Neglect the Corners
Corners where baseboard pieces come together can be tricky. Try using cotton swabs with your chosen cleaner or even a little rubbing alcohol (just make sure it’s safe on your baseboard material first).
Tip #6: Keep Them Clean With Dryer Sheets
Yes, really! Rubbing your newly-cleaned baseboards with a dryer sheet can help them repel dust for a while, so you don’t have to clean them as often. You probably already have some on hand. Score!
Tip #7: Keep an Eye on Them
If you keep an eye on your baseboards and maintain them, you shouldn’t have to do more than dusting but once in a great while. The key is not letting them get lost in the shuffle. Clean baseboards will make your whole house look better.