How to Clean Baseboards

Baseboards are easily forgotten in daily cleaning, frequently covered by furniture and below the line of sight. Here’s how to clean baseboards when dirt accumulates.

Female janitor cleaning baseboard

Since baseboards are at the floor level, pet hair, dust, and dirt gather over time, but with some simple cleaning methods, your baseboards will look as good as new.

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Cleaning Supplies

The following list shares supplies you will need for weekly cleaning, deep cleaning, removing stains, and special tools to use when you can’t bend down to clean:

You won’t use all these supplies at once; however, each is useful for different forms of baseboard cleaning. 

Weekly Cleaning

hand in rubber protective glove wiping baseboard

The best way to clean baseboards and keep them that way is to wipe them down at least once a week. Doing so will make the baseboards easy to clean in the future.

Layers of dirt and dust are tough to remove, and staining from grime and spills need to be addressed quickly.

Follow these steps for quick and easy weekly baseboard cleaning:

  1. Move light objects out of the way of the baseboards.
  2. Use a broom to sweep along the baseboards.
  3. Fill a bucket with warm water and a couple of drops of dish soap.
  4. Use a microfiber cloth, dampened in the soap solution, to wipe along the baseboards. 
  5. Allow to dry, and then return any items that were moved.

These quick and easy steps are perfect for a weekly cleaning. 

Deep Cleaning the Baseboards

magic eraser and box sitting on counter

Over time baseboards will collect dirt and grime that can’t be tackled with a simple weekly cleaning. Even if you clean them once a week, a deep cleaning every month or so is necessary to maintain them. 

Follow these steps for once-a-month deep cleaning or to give your baseboards a fresh start after some time has gone by: 

  1. Move all furniture and other items away from the baseboards.
  2. Vacuum the baseboard‘s top, bottom, and face. 
  3. Use soapy water or a baseboard cleaner like CHOMP to scrub the baseboards with a microfiber cloth.
  4. Once they are dry, go back and check for stains
  5. To remove more challenging spots, use a damp Magic Eraser.
  6. Use warm, soapy water and a cotton swab to clean the corners and top edges of the baseboard.
  7. Allow the baseboards to dry, and then return the furniture and other items to their places. 

Deep cleaning is a lot of work and takes some time, but the results are worth it. Plan for the deep cleaning day and take your time.

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How to Clean Baseboards Without Bending Over

mop and bucket for cleaning baseboards

You may wonder how to clean baseboards without bending over or spending hours on your hands and knees. Here are some tricks to get the job done while remaining vertical: 

  1. Move the furniture out of the way,
  2. Sweep or vacuum the baseboards.
  3. Wash with an extendable baseboard cleaning tool with a long handle.
  4. Spray a baseboard cleaner or use a bucket of soapy water.
  5. Let the baseboards dry and then put everything back into place. 

Use the extendable cleaning tool to aid in the monthly deep cleaning.

Clean Baseboards Quickly

How to clean baseboards and when to use Clorox wipes

When you are short on time a deep thorough cleaning is out of the question. Try the following steps for a quick clean:

  1. Move everything out of the way of the baseboards.
  2. Use a broom for a quick sweep of the boards.
  3. Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and wipe the baseboards. 

Disinfectant wipes dry quickly, and the cleanser will effectively remove the dirt. 

Making Homemade Baseboard Cleaner

A female hand cleaning the baseboard

Are you looking to avoid harsh cleaners on your baseboards? Let’s look at some all-natural solutions you can make at home:

Castile Soap

Castile soap comes in liquid form and you can mix just a small amount with warm water for a baseboard cleaning solution. Use the following recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 3 drops of essential oil

Mix ingredients in a bucket, and use a microfiber cloth to wash the baseboards. Rinse and wipe with clean water. 

White Vinegar

Vinegar is a classic ingredient in homemade cleansers. It’s gentle, leaves no odor behind, and cleans well. Mix the following for your baseboards:

  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • Small bucket filled halfway with warm water

Soak a microfiber cloth in the solution and scrub the baseboards clean. You can add essential oils to the mixture as desired.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a gentle but powerful tool for cleaning. Use a mixture of warm water and baking soda to make a paste to remove stubborn stains from baseboards.

Apply the paste to the stain with a cloth or by hand. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with a microfiber cloth. Rinse and repeat as necessary. 

Lemons

Fresh lemons kill mildew, remove grease and rust, and leave behind a fresh scent. To clean your baseboards, squeeze the juice from one large lemon into a small bucket of warm water. Wash the baseboards using the solution and a microfiber cloth.

You can also rub a lemon cut in half over grease spots or other stubborn areas to help remove them. 

Other Helpful Tools

Hand in rubber protective glove with microfiber cloth cleaning baseboard

We tried out several other tools and cleaners to help with cleaning the baseboards and here is what we found:

  • The O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Wet Mop has long strips of microfiber cloth, making it gentle on your baseboards and full enough to wash them without twisting and turning easily. 
  • This Electric Spin Scrubber works at three different speeds to aid in scrubbing. It comes with eight brush heads, a small head is perfect for baseboards, and a detachable and extendable handle. 
  • Microfiber Cloths are the softest cloth you can clean with while still getting a good scrub. Dirt sticks to microfiber so cleaning is made easier.
  • Simple Green has been around for a long time and is one of the original all-natural solutions sold in stores. It’s a natural cleaning solution to use on your baseboards.
  • A damp clean duster sponge is a helpful tool for those quick cleaning days. Soak one before using, then run it across your baseboards to trap dust and dirt.

Sometimes, we forget about areas like baseboards since they go unnoticed. Take the time to clean yours regularly, and you may find that your baseboards are more beautiful than you remembered.

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