The Ultimate Baseboard Cleaning Guide

Last update: 6 months ago

The ultimate guide to base board cleaning.


Living in a clean house is the dream of every homeowner. However, with kids, pets and guests being around the house most times, it’s pretty hard to accomplish this goal. Dust covers the whole house and you just finished cleaning 20 minutes ago.

That’s a nightmare almost every single one of us goes through… Even though we give our best in cleaning our home, small things that we don’t even think about are left overlooked. It can be months before we even think of cleaning them.
The baseboards, that are in every single room in your house, are one of those things. We see them every day and we don’t even think about cleaning them from the dust build-up. That is, of course, until we take a closer look at it. That’s when we see how full of bacteria it is.

So, it’s time to say goodbye to the dust-covered baseboards and take a look at the best ways to clean them. We know it’s not the most interesting thing for you to read, but hey, someone has to do it.

Getting Down to Business

Cleaning your baseboard takes a bit of preparation. You must know what material they are made of. That’s important because if you don’t choose the right cleaning method you might end up with damaged baseboards, something that we imagine isn’t very pleasant. And that’s something you don’t want to deal with too. And the only way to fix this problem is by either repainting or changing the damaged baseboard altogether.

Baseboard Cleaning Preparation

Because baseboards are in every single room in your house, it’s a lengthy chore. If you have the chance to have someone help you, that would be perfect.

Before you begin cleaning the baseboards themselves, you have to clean and vacuum your whole house. Because they are really close to the ground, baseboards collect all the dust that is on the floor. If you clean them first and vacuum the floor later you might end up with dusty baseboards before you’ve finished cleaning.

Determining what your baseboards are made out of.

It's important that you know what your baseboards are made of.


Did you check what your baseboards are made out of? If you are sure they are made out of vinyl, then you are free to use most detergents, however, even a damp sponge and a bucket of warm water will do a perfect job. However, if you think that you need a stronger detergent, then most are safe to use.

If you have wooden baseboards, then you really need to pick the correct detergent. Are they coated or painted? It’s a very important thing that you know exactly what they are made out of in order to pick the right product.

The Lazy Method of Cleaning Baseboards

An angle extension for vacuum cleaner


The easiest a way to clean baseboards is by using the attachment that comes with your vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming the dust is the fastest way to freshen up your baseboards, but it’s not really doing anything if you are trying to clean stains.

The All Natural Cleaning Method for Baseboards

If you decide that a natural cleaning solution will do a better job, then we would recommend for 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.

Baseboard cleaning solution recipe:

The things that you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Very warm water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

Mix 5 cups of very warm water with 1 cup of vinegar. Make sure to stir it nicely and you are ready to clean. Dampen a sponge in it and give the baseboards a good scrub. It’s important that you wipe the already cleaned surface with a dry rag. Usually water and wood don’t have a great relationship.

The ‘You’ll Need to Spend Some Time’ Method

You'll need to spend some time cleaning your baseboards.


Okay, we admit that baseboard cleaning isn’t the most fun thing to do in your free time, but hey, it’s necessary if you want your home to look clean. If you do it right, and you don’t live with 10 other people, then you might even end up cleaning the baseboards of your house every couple of months.

If this is you, then this method surely is for you. A very thorough cleaning is needed if you want to have your baseboards looking good for the next two to three months. Make sure that you are ready to spend a couple of hours in cleaning the baseboards.

What you’ll need:

  • A detergent of your choice (You can also use one of the homemade detergents that we mentioned above)
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • Patience

Preparing the baseboard
Before you start scrubbing with a detergent you’ll have to remove the layer of dust that has formed on top of the baseboard. Grab your vacuum cleaner with its extension (if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner you can feel free to use a broom) and vacuum the baseboard. Make sure you do it as best as you can.

Scrubbing the baseboard
This part is the one that will make your back hurt. Dampen the sponge and give it a good scrub. Work on sections, because after you clean a given section you have to wipe it with the dry rug to avoid any damage from the water.

After you do the wall baseboards with the sponge, take the toothbrush and clean the corners. A lot of dirt gathers there, that’s why you should spend the time to clean it.

After everything is done…

Phew, we are sure that after such a vigorous exercise you need to take a rest! Consider watching a movie or taking a bath. 🙂 That’s our recommendation.



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