Cleaning baseboards is, most of the time, pretty easy. However, it requires you to bend over several times, which restrains people with back issues or other physical limitations. We wrote this blog thinking about those situations, structuring a process that will help the reader clean their baseboards effectively without too much effort.
The following guide includes three easy steps for you to follow, including some hacks and cleaning tool recommendations.
Step 1. Search for long and flexible tools
You can either buy a specialized cleaning tool or make one yourself. The important thing is that the tool has these two characteristics: flexibility and extension.
If you prefer to get tools ready to use, a flexible duster and a flexible mop will do—both with extension poles. Large bars will let you stand (or sit) while you clean, and the adjustable head will allow you to reach corners and edges.
However, if you don’t want to buy a new tool, you can go the DIY route. Just attach a microfiber cloth to a broom (a rubber band can do the trick) and use it to dust and clean your baseboards.
Pro tip: Dust before cleaning
Most of the time, your baseboards will only need a brief dusting. Anyway, it’s always best to dust before cleaning to avoid making a mess with water and dirt.
Pro tip: Dust the walls, too
If your walls are dusty, specks of dust will likely fall and soil your baseboards in no time. Use your extended tool to reach the walls!
Step 2. Use a spray bottle and avoid harsh chemicals
A commercial or all-purpose cleaner could work for your baseboards. Still, a DIY cleaner might perform even better because 1) most people have all the ingredients already in their homes, and 2) some baseboards could be damaged by harsh chemicals (especially those made from wood and PVC materials).
The best cleaner for baseboards: water and dish soap
Most painted baseboards only need soap and water (just a few drops of dish soap). However, you might want to add a tablespoon of mineral oil to your mix for wood baseboards.
Moving on, we need to replace your mop-and-bucket method (that’s a pain for anyone’s back!). We recommend using the aforementioned flexible mop with an extended pole or a DIY tool with a microfiber cloth attached. Replace the bucket with a spray bottle to directly wet the mop or baseboards.
Step 3. Let the cleaning solution work
Now it’s time for wiping and scrubbing. Use your flexible mop or your DIY tool and start cleaning without bending over. If you are facing stubborn grime or stains, let the cleaning solution rest for a few seconds before wiping (or use a degreaser before this step).
Excess water can damage your baseboards in the long run, so dry them properly with another cloth or mop head. Don’t use too much cleaning solution on your baseboards (or wring your mop well).
How often should I clean my baseboards?
Baseboards tend to be low-maintenance. Most homeowners only need to clean the baseboards once a month, but if you have a busy kitchen or too many hairy pets, you will probably have to clean them more frequently.
If you notice stains or grimy layers start to appear, consider cleaning your baseboards every two weeks.
Is this too much work? Call a professional cleaner
There is another option for cleaning baseboards (and many other household chores) without lifting a finger. Call Naturalcare Cleaning Service and book a professional cleaning service. We service Houston and surrounding cities, providing several cleaning packages for any occasion and budget.
Invest in yourself and let someone else tackle the chores!