Cleaning your baseboards is like getting a haircut. You may not have noticed that the boards were dirty, but once they’re clean, they look really good and basically bring the whole room together. Once you clean your baseboards, you’ll notice the difference instantly!
Bonus: Once this chore is done, you likely won't need to do it again for another six months or so (unless you have pets who shed a lot)!
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Dust the baseboards. Grab a small hand duster or a clean, soft-bristled paint brush. Sweep along the baseboards so that you remove any dust that may have accumulated on them.
Mix soap and warm water. In a mop bucket or large bowl, mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water. There isn’t a magic amount of water, but you’ll want enough liquid in the bucket to accommodate repeatedly ring out the cleaning cloth.
Wipe baseboards with a damp cloth. Soak and wring out a cloth in the soapy water – make sure it’s damp but not sopping wet. Wipe the cloth along the baseboards, rinsing it out in your bucket as you go. Note: If you have unpainted wood, use a wood-safe cleaner instead of dish soap and test it on a small area before you start.
Cotton swab the corners (optional). Take a wet cotton swab and use it to clean any hard-to-reach crevices or awkward corners along your baseboards.
Pat dry. Pat your baseboards dry with a clean, dry cloth to finish the job. Note: Make sure your baseboards are completely dry to prevent any mold or mildew issues in the future.