Do you ever think about those lowly and easily ignored baseboards? They do need to be cleaned you know!
No problem! My sister Jody Meza is the queen of clean; we learned this from our mom, Connie, and she is back to help us with those too often forgotten baseboards.
It isn’t difficult at all to do, and when the baseboards are clean in a home; particularly with the trick Jody will show us, the whole house seems fresher and almost like a new coat of paint happened in the entire house.
Click to the next page and see how easy and quick it is to give your house a shine, and see what trick Jody has up her sleeve!
Baseboards are often forgotten when cleaning because they are clear down there at the bottom of the ground.
Being the lowest point in the room, it automatically makes them dust catchers; therefore needing desperately to be cleaned.
No worries, let’s take this in easy steps.
Mix up a bucket of Lysol OR ammonia and water, according to the directions on the bottle.
Start by getting down on your hands and knees in one corner and will go all the way to the end of each base board, that way you do not miss a spot. Scrub them good, in the all rooms of your home. If I have scuffs from shoes that won’t come off with my regular cleaner, then I have to break out the big guns, my Magic Eraser (a product found in the cleaning supply isle). It will clean off just about anything.
Caution! The thing to be careful with, is sometimes a Magic Eraser will also take the color out of some paints, so you may want to try it first in a hidden, out-of-the-way place where you won’t cry if your paint does change color, like in a closet or behind your piano. It is not common, but does happen.
When addressing baseboards you must talk about those lovely air intake panels.Don’t be shy, you won’t hurt the slits, get those vents really clean. Every few years I take my vent covers off.
Vacuum with a hose the carpet area, while the vent is off to clean it really well.Now, while the vent is off, scrub and clean off the vents over your sink and get both sides dirt free.
Dry thoroughly.Next step is to lay the completely dried vent over an open box and spray with good quality spray paint. If you’re going to do a job, you just as well do it right.Allow the vent to dry completely before re-installing on the wall. Otherwise you will leave a mark on the wall which you will have to sand and repaint later.I also include chair railing in the category of baseboards; after all they are just a baseboard that someone wanted to install higher up the wall; am I correct?!
I treat them the same as the baseboards. I give them a good washing with my rag that has been dunked in my cleaner of choice.
A WEEKLY BONUS TIP: Dust by using a dryer sheet, as they work well to gather lint.That is my advice on baseboards.
Until next time, happy cleaning!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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