How to Clean Baseboards

How to Clean Baseboards
By: Brittany Satterfield

When you’re cleaning your home, you probably are sure you hit all the major areas. You clean counters, wipe down appliances, scour toilets and give dirty floors a good scrubbing. If you’re very thorough, you might include cleaning your oven hood, dusting cabinet doors, and removing dirt from walls and light switches.

But what about your baseboards? These strips of wood are taking on a lot of dust, and may not have seen a cleaning cloth in quite awhile. Their very positioning can make them inconvenient and easy to forget during your regular cleaning routine, and when you do notice them, they might be dirty enough for you to change your mind about cleaning them altogether. No need to ignore your dirty baseboards using these tips:

Clean Baseboards, Brighter Home

You may not think that your baseboards have much effect on how fresh your home looks, until you clean them, then you'll be surprised about how much difference they make. Small details like baseboards can contribute largely to how clean your home looks to anyone spending time in it. Dust free features like these can have your home looking brighter, healthier, and more appealing to guests and residents alike.

Clean baseboards contribute to your family’s well-being. Dust, germs, lint, and bacteria can linger in the collected sediment on your baseboards. Anyone in your family who has allergies or respiratory issues will breathe easier with that layer of grime removed!

Tools for Cleaning Baseboards

When you’re set on cleaning your baseboards, have these items on readily hand:

  • Vacuum cleaner with both the brush and the edge-and-crevice attachments.
  • A sponge.
  • Warm water in a container you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Dish soap.
  • Microfiber cloth.
  • Wood cleaner, if you have stained wood baseboards, or vegetable oil in a pinch.
  • Dryer sheets.
  • Magic eraser-type cleaners.

How to Clean Your Baseboards

When cleaning your baseboards, it’s best to start by cleaning the rest of the room first. This is important because as dust and other grime is dislodged from the rest of the surfaces in the room you’re working in, everything eventually settles onto the baseboards. Remove and be rid of the dirt and dust by cleaning your baseboards.

Feel free to work in one room at a time. It can be overwhelming to tackle your entire house at once. Let the feeling of achieving a clean room propel you to the next one.

  1. Start by vacuuming your baseboards. Your brush and edge attachments can help you get the dirt from the little ledges on your baseboards and out of the corners.
  2. If your baseboards are painted, or are made of vinyl, tackle them with your dish soap, water, and sponge. If they’re stained wood, you should use a wood cleaner. Dish soap with a bit of vegetable oil and warm water may also be used.
  3. Have dirt in tiny crevices? Try a cotton swab!
  4. Wipe your baseboards down with clean water to remove soap residue. Once your baseboards are rinsed, buff them dry with a microfiber cloth.
  5. Rub your baseboards with a dryer sheet to help repel dirt.
  6. Use a magic eraser cleaner to remove any caked on dirt or stubborn stains from your baseboards that ordinary soap and water just can’t, after confirming it’s safe to use on your baseboard surface.
  7. Enjoy your clean baseboards!


If you want the beauty and shine but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to clean your dirty baseboards yourself, eMaids of Jersey City and Hoboken clean baseboards as part of regular service, and they make it as easy. Book your cleaning services online in just one minute or less, let the friendly and professional maids bring you modern cleaning services with a personal touch, and kiss your dirty baseboards goodbye!

Feb 14, 2023
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