The Ultimate Baseboard Cleaning Guide

Last update: 7 months ago

Cleaning skirting board

Baseboards are all over our home. While they can be found in every room, people often overlook them. They’re right in front of our eyes, yet they’re easily ignored.

Anyone who has decided to clean the skirting in their house knows that it’s a very annoying job. You have to spend hours on your knees dusting the floor moulding, and not three days later they’re once again, dirty.

But our professional cleaners have some pretty nifty tricks when it comes to clean the skirting inside your home.

How to Clean Mopboards

To make things as easy as possible, first, you’ll have to gather some tools. Of course, some mental preparation and a bit of stretching would help too.

Before you start with any baseboard cleaning, get your vacuum cleaner and clean the rooms that you’re cleaning. If you vacuum after cleaning the skirting boards, it’s highly likely dust will get on them, making them dirty again.

Carefully plan where you’re starting from, the rooms which you’ll clean it, and we suggest you get yourself kneepads to minimise any pain.

How to Find Out What Your Baseboards are Made Of

Baseboards are made of two materials – wood and vinyl. Wooden mopboards are usually of high quality and can be costly. Vinyl ones are common in new build buildings, and while more durable, they’re cheaper.

Vinyl skirting can be cleaned with almost any type of detergent. If you’re a fan of green cleaning, a bucket of warm water, liquid soap and a sponge will do a perfect job.

Wooden baseboards can’t be cleaned with water. Depending on the state of the skirting, the lacquer may have come off, making them susceptible to damage.
We suggest you use a damp rag, dust them lightly and then apply a wood conditioner to bring out the colour and give the wood a second life.

Quickly Dusting the Mopboards

There’s nothing fancy in dusting baseboards. This is a great method to maintain already cleaned baseboards.

You’ll need a vacuum cleaner and the upholstery brush attachment. The bristles at the end of the attachment will do a perfect job of picking up the dust that has accumulated on top of the skirtings.

Remember to vacuum the floor first, and then the baseboards. The other way around will make the dust from the ground stick to the skirtings, rendering your cleaning useless.

Cleaning Skirtings with a Natural Detergent

What you’ll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Rag
  • Sponge
  • Warm water

If you decide that a natural cleaning solution will do a better job, then we would recommend you to use vinegar or baking soda. They seem to do the best job; however, be careful if you are going to use them on baseboards that you don’t know if they are made out of natural wood. It can damage the wood if it’s not coated correctly, so if you don’t know what type it is, then stick with either warm water or detergents that won’t damage the baseboard.

You’re going to spend at least an hour cleaning all the skirting in your home, so it’s best to be health-conscious.

If the mop boards aren’t too dirty, opting for a green cleaning solution is a great choice.

A simple mix of vinegar and warm water will do a great job. Pour 20 ml of vinegar in one litre of warm water. The acidity of the vinegar will remove any set-in stains and will deflect dust particles for the following couple of days.

When you’re cleaning, make sure you thoroughly rinse the sponge.

Note: We do not suggest you use this method on wooden skirting. If the baseboards are old and the lacquer has faded over the years, you may end up damaging the wood.

How to Clean Even the Dirties Skirting Boards

While everyone would love to spend 30 minutes quickly dusting their baseboards, a thorough clean is needed once in a while.

What you’ll need:

  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • A detergent
  • Toothbrush

This method can be used for baseboards that were unkempt for decades. We suggest you opt-out for a professional cleaning detergent. For wooden skirting, you can use a wood cleaner, and for vinyl baseboards, you can opt-out for a degreaser.

Before you start cleaning anything with a detergent, grab a damp rag and go over the baseboards. The set-in dirt would come off much easier if you remove the dust first.

After you’ve removed the top layer of dust, grab the detergent and with the help of a sponge scrub the skirting.

Depending on the level of contamination, you may have to put some elbow grease into it.

Cleaning baseboards don’t require some extraordinary knowledge. It’s more of a nuisance task that has to be done.

Take your time and clean your baseboards every three or four months. The small details make a home feel clean, so put in the time and go the extra step in cleaning your house. Or, you know, hire a professional to do it.

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