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How to Clean Baseboards

How to clean baseboards the easy way is a favorite #cleaning question. Every house cleaner, Airbnb host, and homeowner want to know how to clean baseboards the easy way.

Angela Brown says other common questions are: how do you clean baseboards with a bad back? And How often should you clean baseboards? How to clean baseboards the easy way is not about baseboard cleaning hacks. It’s about using the right tools. You’ll use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers if you know how to get scuff marks off baseboards. Or Krud Kutter Original Cleaner Degreaser for nicotine and grease build-up.

The DocaPole and Swiffer Duster are also easy ways to work smart not hard.

Today’s #AskaHouseCleaner sponsor is Savvy Cleaner. (House Cleaning Training, and producer of these cleaning videos.)


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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.

The hallmark of a good house cleaner is clean baseboards. And so at every cleaning, every time you vacuum the floor, you’re going to clean the baseboards. You may be thinking, “Oh my word. Every cleaning?” Yes, it’s true. Every single time you vacuum the floor, and this is the answer to how often should you clean them. Every time you vacuum the floor, you should also clean the baseboards.

Dust Blows into Your House

How to Clean Baseboards, Dusting Wainscotting with a Swiffer Duster - CopyHere’s the reason why. As you open the door to your house, dust blows into your house. It’s bee pollen, and it’s all different kinds of stuff from the outside elements. And as it comes into your house it settles. Where does it settle? It settles on the floor and on the baseboards. And as you track stuff in through the house, or as the air conditioning kicks on, the dust gets blown around the house. And it doesn’t settle on the flat walls, it hits the walls, and it goes right down and it settles on the baseboards. I know. It’s awesome, right? Because it’s so easy to clean.

Now, most baseboards, and here’s a secret, they’re painted with white, semigloss paint. They are designed to get cleaned all the time. And the hallmark of a good house cleaner is clean baseboards. So, here are six different ways to clean baseboards.

Work Smart Not Hard

How to Clean Baseboards, gloved hand with terry clothThe secret is to work smart not hard. So, you’re going to use the easiest, quickest, fastest tool to get the job done. Because you want to use the least amount of chemicals. Right? That’s going to be the easiest way to do it.

If you go into a house, let’s say this is a deep clean, you go into a house and the people smoke inside their house. There’s nicotine, and tar on the sides of their baseboards. In this case, you need a heavy-duty degreaser that’s going to cut through that.

Also, if people do a lot of frying in their house, and they cook things like bacon and French fries and stuff like that, there’s going to be grease in the air. As that grease settles, it’s going to get stuck on everything, including the baseboards.

Crud Cutter

How to Clean Baseboards, Krud Kutter with gloved handYou’re going to use something like crud cutter. This has been made for the environment and it is biodegradable. Here’s a secret: It also goes on clear. So if you’re going on the baseboard you can spray this on, grab a white terrycloth and wipe it off. Then your baseboards are good to go.

Now there’s no dwell time, you don’t need to spray it on there and leave it for five or 10 minutes, or any of that stuff. Spray it on, wipe it off and you should be good to go. So that’s way number one, and that’s only, only if you have dirty, icky, sticky baseboards. Okay?

Swiffer Duster

How to Clean Baseboards, Angela Brown with Swiffer DusterThe preferred way is just by using a Swiffer duster. Now the Swiffer duster was designed to trap dust. So you do one sweep and it grabs the dust and holds it in here while you vacuum, and now you’re good to go. It’s so easy. And if you have the Swiffer duster on the back of you, while you’re vacuuming in every room you can pull it out. You can dust the baseboard in one move, grab the vacuum, and it’s not two separate projects. It’s kind of the same thing as you go.

All right. Numbers three and four. These are the different ways you can clean them. One is with a brush, and this is a soft-bristled brush. And so let’s say that you have lots of dog and cat hair that have settled on the baseboards. What you want to do is you want to brush the baseboards down. This uses no chemicals whatsoever. It just grabs all the dust and the dog hair, and the cat hair and it brushes it out on the carpet. Then you vacuum the carpet up, and you’re good to go.

Heavy-Duty Gunk

How to Clean Baseboards, vacuuming baseboards with vacuum attachmentSo sometimes in heavy-duty gunk, it’s not sticky gunk. It’s not gooey gunk, it’s not icky gunk like grease, it’s just like dog-hair dust gunk. In that case, this is a good brush for that.

All right, another method that’s similar, and is the same number of steps is going to be the vacuum attachment hose that also has a little brush. This is a great opportunity to go along the side of the baseboards. Again, it’s cleaning the baseboard first, step number one. Then vacuuming the baseboards, number two. It’s still a two-step process, but this will suck all the dog and cat hair up into the hose. This is so it doesn’t go onto the floor, because in a second you’re going to vacuum again anyway.

So, it’s kind of a choice if you want to use the brush or the vacuum attachment. Either of those two ways. This is way number three and way number four.

Eraser Sponge

How to Clean Baseboards, eraser spongeAll right now way number five. And you can use way number five at any time during a deep clean or maintenance clean if you need it. And that is your eraser sponge. You want to get your eraser sponge wet and it will wipe up any black marks or scuff marks that either your shoes or your vacuum hit while you are inside the room.

So if you go in and you look around and you do your once-over of the room before you clean. And you see that “Oh, I got six scuff marks here that are black.” You’re going to want to wet your eraser sponge, have that with you and then you can wipe those up as you go. So at any time, you can wipe and erase those scuff marks with an eraser sponge.

If You Have a Bad Back

How to Clean Baseboards, Big Red Microfiber DusterAll right and way number six is for if you have a bad back or bad knees and you can’t bend over. In this case, you should use a duster that will not put as much strain on your body.

This is one of those that comes with those tall cleaning kits. Where it bends and it goes above the ceiling fans, and the lights and the window ledges to reach up high. This is microfiber and it has all these little fingers that collect dust. Now, this head slides right off and it is machine-washable, so as you use it, you can wash it and use it again, and again.

You just drop your arm, and you walk along the side of the room, and you brush the baseboards as you go. It will collect all the dust so that you don’t have to bend over at all. And if you’re super tall, it does have the attachment on the end, so you put your telescoping wand in, and it will let you extend the reach as long as you need.

So, these are the six ways to clean your baseboards. Why do you want to clean them? Because it is the hallmark of a good house cleaner. How often do you want to do it? At every vacuuming. Right? Now you know the secrets, now you know how to do it.

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Vacuum Hose Baseboard Brush –

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