Cleaning Baseboards

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. 



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.IMG_0960 Scrub them good, in the all rooms of your home. IMG_0958 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 wallMeaning 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.

When addressing baseboards you must talk about those lovely air intake panels.

This type of scrubber works really well to get into the groves of the vents and clean each individual one.Baseboard Cleaning

Don’t be shy, you won’t hurt the slits, get those vents really clean. Cleaning BaseboardsEvery two years or so, you may want to take off the vent to deep clean. Baseboard CleaningWhile the vent is off, scrub and clean off the vents over your sink and get both sides dirt free.

Dry thoroughly.Baseboard CleaningNext 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, so don’t skimp on the paint, use quality here.Cleaning baseboardsAllow the vent to dry completely before re-installing onto the wall.

If you don’t wait until the paint is completely dry, you will leave a mark on the wall, which will later require sanding and repainting.Cleaning BaseboardsIf you have chair railing, make sure to wash those also with the cleaner of your choice and dry well also to avoid any drips.

 TIP: Dust the chair rails by using a dryer sheet.  The dry sheet naturally gathers the lint and dust from the chair railing. Wall and baseboard cleaningThis is how you make your baseboards clean, look great and you will be amazed at how much better your entire house feels when the baseboards are dirt-free!  

Do you know how to clean your walls?  I can show you an awesome trick HERE

You can find MORE tips and useful ideas like this in my Lost Art of Homemaking Series HERE  or Lost Art of Self Reliance HERE

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. (