Looking for Baseboard Cleaning Hacks?
Have you every cleaned those easily ignored baseboards?
They do need to be cleaned you know!
This stress-free tutorial walks you through step-by-step how to clean those baseboards and even the air vents.
It’s not difficult at all and when the baseboards are clean, the entire house seems fresher; almost like a new coat of paint!
Baseboard Cleaning Hacks
Baseboards are often forgotten when cleaning.
Being the lowest point in the room, they are automatically dust catchers; which makes them one of the most important places to clean in your home.
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 go all the way to the end of each base board. This will help you make sure you do not miss a spot.
Scrub them good, doing this in the all rooms of your home.
If there are scuff marks from shoes that won’t come off with the 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.
When cleaning baseboards you need to also think about those air intake panels along the walls.
This type of scrubber works really well to get into the groves of the vents.
Scrub hard, it may take some muscle depending on how long it’s been since they have been cleaned.
Every year in the spring or the fall, it’s a good idea to deep clean by taking off the vent. While the vent is off, scrub and clean off the vents over your sink and get both sides dirt free.
Dry thoroughly.This step is for every two-three years or when needed.
Lay the completely dried vent over an open box and spray with good quality spray paint.
Use GOOD quality paint so it looks nice and lasts.
Allow 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.
If 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: In between cleanings, for weekly dusting, use a dryer sheet on the chair railings. The dry sheet naturally gathers the lint and dust making this an easy and quick chore.
This 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, 2018
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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–