Do you ever think about those lowly and easily ignored baseboards?
They do need to be cleaned you know!
It isn’t difficult at all to do, and when the baseboards are clean in a home; and the whole house seems fresher and almost like a new coat of paint was put on the entire house.
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 regular cleaner, then use Magic Eraser . It will clean off just about anything.
Caution! Mr. Magic Erasers, can take the gloss out of your glossy and semi gloss paint on your wall. Meaning you can see every spot you have cleaned.You may want to avoid using these on walls that are not white.Test on an inconspicuous spot to see how a Mr. Magic Erasers will work on your paint before using on a main area as this is not the case on all paint.
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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*The product ratio is recommended by PineSol to use 1/4 cup of Pine Sol to 1 Gallon of water. Recommended by HowStuffWorks the recipe is: Mix 1⁄2 cup vinegar, 1 cup clear ammonia, 1⁄4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon warm water. Caution: Wear rubber gloves, and work in a well-ventilated area when using this powerful solution. (http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/how-to-clean-your-walls-and-ceilings.htm–