Although baseboards give any house a neat look, they rarely are included in homeowners’ cleaning schedules. However, after some time, they get harder to overlook, as the grime makes them stand out—and not in a good way.
If you’ve skipped cleaning your baseboards for too long, you may have this problem. Granted, washing them is an annoying task with all the crouching involved. Luckily for you, here you will learn how to clean your baseboards without ever bending over once!
How to clean your baseboards effortlessly
Besides freeing you from the hassle and pain of kneeling dozens of times, this method also saves you time and money! You will only need everyday household items to get the job done.
First things first: Make a DIY cleaning tool
First, you’ll create a DIY cleaning tool that’ll be your main companion along this quest. All you need to do is to wrap a microfiber cloth around the brush end of your broom. You can use clothespins or a couple of rubber bands to secure the cloth.
Besides this homemade tool, you’ll only need a bucket and specific products depending on your baseboard’s material. Now, let’s clean!
How to clean PVC baseboards
PVC is one of the most common materials used in baseboards and the easiest to clean! First, make a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar in a bucket. Add a few tablespoons of dish soap for more cleansing power.
Then, use your handy DIY tool to dust your baseboards—replace the cloth after finishing. Next, dip it in the solution to start wiping the dirt on your baseboards. Don’t worry about stubborn stains; use some elbow grease to remove them!
Once done, dry your baseboards with a clean cloth.
How to clean painted wood baseboards
If not treated well, painted wood baseboards can be stripped of their paint, making them look ugly. To avoid that, make a DIY solution with only warm water and a trickle of dish soap.
Before wiping the stains, use your homemade tool to dust your baseboards. Next, put a clean microfiber cloth on it, and soak it in the cleaning mix. After wiping your baseboards a few times, all the stains should disappear.
To finish, rinse the baseboards and then dry the area with a microfiber cloth.
How to clean varnished wood baseboards
This type of baseboard needs special care to avoid ruining them. As with any other cleaning process, dust your baseboards first using your DIY tool. Then, prepare a cleaning mix with lukewarm water, dish soap, and a few tablespoons of mineral oil.
Now, replace the microfiber cloth on your homemade tool and dip it into the mix to start wiping. If you run into any stubborn stains, gently dab over them (to avoid damage) until they are gone. Be careful and wring your trusty tool thoroughly—excess water makes wood swell!
Finally, rinse your fixtures with clean water, and use a clean microfiber to dry them.
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