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June 24th

Baseboards

Tips for cleaning dust off baseboards

Baseboards can be difficult to clean.  The longer a baseboard goes between cleaning, the more dust there will be to clean off. Over time, dust particles can become stuck to your baseboards and it will take more time and energy to scrape them clean again.

                     

First take a vacuum cleaner and go over the baseboards where they meet up with your flooring or carpet. This will help remove as much dust a possible.

  When you have finished vacuuming, use a clean rag dipped in water to wipe the baseboards clean. If water is unsuccessful at removing the dust that has accumulated on the baseboards you may have to use some sort of cleaning solution. Start with soapy water. If that doesn’t work, try one of the home remedies that are listed below. Make sure that you continue your baseboard cleaning all around the room.

As most people have baseboards that need to be cleaned regularly, there are some common and not-so-common cleaning solutions that you can try. Listed below are some clever home remedies for a dirty or dusty baseboard:

 Once you have cleaned the baseboards, wipe the baseboards again with a used fabric softener sheet. The fabric softener sheet will create a mild static charge that will actually help to prevent dust from settling on the clean baseboard again.

Once you give your baseboards a good cleaning, another way to prevent having to clean them again in the near future is to go back over a clean baseboard with some auto wax (turtle wax). You won’t have as much buildup on your baseboards and the dust that does settle can be easily cleaned with a vacuum extension hose.

To make a simple homemade baseboard cleaner all you need is vinegar and water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to 5 cups of  hot water.  Mix the solution together and use a rag or sponge to wipe down the baseboard.

Make sure that you do not over saturate the area of the baseboard that you are working on. If your cleaning solution drips onto the carpet it may cause discoloration. Make sure that you wring out the rag or sponge that you are using so that it is just damp enough to loosen the dust without dripping.