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Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

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Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

 

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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.

Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

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. IMG_0958

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 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 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.Baseboard Cleaning

Scrub hard, it may take some muscle depending on how long it’s been since they have been cleaned. 

Cleaning Baseboards

Every year in the spring or the fall, it’s a good idea to deep clean by taking off the vent. Baseboard CleaningWhile the vent is off, scrub and clean off the vents over your sink and get both sides dirt free.

Dry thoroughly.Baseboard CleaningThis 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. 

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 Baseboards

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. 

Wall and baseboard cleaning

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
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

*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




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47 replies
  1. Misty Nicole Roberts
    Misty Nicole Roberts says:

    Oh my gosh, I needed this post! By the way, my name is Niki, and I’m one of your fellow Merry Monday hosts, and wanted to let you know that I love your blog and hope to catch up on several of your other projects this week, too! Pinned! Have an awesome week!

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  2. Joy @ Yesterfood
    Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    These are really good tips, and I can use them, b/c my baseboards are usually pretty gross! 😀 I love my Magic Erasers- they do sooo many things- now I can add baseboards to the list of things they can do. Thank you, Jody and Carrie!

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  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    This is great! I’ve also found that scrubbing bubbles works. Spray the baseboard and let it foam up and then wipe off.

    By the way, I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.

    Jennifer

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  4. DIY Just Cuz
    DIY Just Cuz says:

    Please come clean my house! 😉
    I feel like I’m a clean person that keeps a clean house but after reading this I looked at my baseboards….they desperately need cleaning! I guess I know what I’m doing tomorrow. Thanks for the great post!

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    • Suyen
      Suyen says:

      I owned a cleaning company in Tuscaloosa Al, I found out that if you used your imagination and talent, you can do amazing things without hurting your back, I bought a small mop from Dollar general and cuted the mesh in half , and I can clean my baseboards with pine sol and s bucket in no time without him hurting my knees and my back. 🙂

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      • Carrie Groneman
        Carrie Groneman says:

        Not THAT is a fabulous tip! I am going to try that one for sure! The older I get the less time on my knees I spend and hunching over is not great either. Thank you so much for the idea and for sharing with us.

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  5. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    This is just the reminder I needed to get off my duff and get some cleaning done! Like some others have said, my baseboard have been slightly neglected and need some TLC.

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    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      I agree totally! I’ll take Lysol anytime, the smell is much better. I LOVE magic erasers and wish I would have invented them ($$$), along with toilet paper, soap, matches, etc. All the necessities and then I’d be set right! lol. Thanks for coming by Kathryn.

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  6. lynn
    lynn says:

    So with you on the baseboards thing. We used to have a chore jar for the kids and as a result, my baseboards would get a frequent cleaning. I might need to reinstate it.
    Happy Cleaning

    Lynn

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    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      Lynn, that’s funny you mentioned that. When my kids were home I had a list of things they could do to earn extra money and a list of things they had to do if they were in trouble. Baseboards were at the top of both and mine were always so clean with 5 kids. I miss that…I have to do my own now.

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  7. Gina
    Gina says:

    This is so helpful! I almost never clean my baseboards. Then, I notice how bad they look and I don’t know what to do to fix it. I appreciate how you laid all of the different ways out. Pinning this for later!

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  8. Leanne@crestingthehill
    Leanne@crestingthehill says:

    I love a good clean house and baseboards (especially white ones) show the dirt but are easily overlooked. Great cleaning tips for those of us who are prepared to get down on our knees with some serious cleaning!

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    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      Hello Stacy, I usually clean the baseboards as part of a spring and fall cleaning and then once in between as needed; so quarterly is a good target. I hope that helps and thank you for your question and for stopping by. I hope you find many posts with helpful information and enjoy A Mother’s Shadow. Carrie

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  9. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    Wish I could really scrub my baseboards and trims. Because it’s prefinished pressed board crap, any kind of wiping takes the finish off. Even painters tape took it off.

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  10. Barbara Francese
    Barbara Francese says:

    If you want to make it easy you need to come up with how to clean baseboards without having to get on your hands and knees. Some of us are getting too old or have problems with needs from doing all that kind of cleaning when we were younger. So any ideas on how to do this job without getting down on all fours it would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      Hello Barbara, some of the readers above gave excellent ideas of how to do this and I’m taking their advice too! Thanks for asking so that I can learn from them too. I think it will be a wonderful idea for a future post:)

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  11. Dixie
    Dixie says:

    One thing to keep in mind, don’t use Lysol or ammonia on varnished woodwork. I like to use Murphy’s Oil Soap in some warm water, but be sure to dry immeduately with a clean dry cloth. Great for cabinets too. They will look beautiful when you are done.

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    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      I think I will have to try that soap on my wood! I don’t use Lysol or ammonia on woodwork myself either, and that sounds like a wonderful solution. Thank you for sharing with us.

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