Best Way to Clean Baseboards – and keep them clean!

I have tried many, many methods and thought I would share what I have found to be the best way to clean baseboards.  I can tell you that this small area….that one small ledge….is my nemesis.  How do you clean them and keep them clean longer?  I have the answer for you!  And it is so simple that you probably have everything that you need on hand already!

Start by brushing away any dirt from your baseboards.  I used a small brush but you can use whatever tool works for you!  One of those mini brooms would work just as well.  Just try eliminating the dust from the area and that will help you to make this entire process quicker.  Once you brush it away, be sure to use a broom and dustpan to get it out of your way completely.  You don’t want that dust ending up back on your freshly cleaned baseboards.

The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!

Next we need to get the area damp.  I find a spray bottle with water works best for this task.  Just spray down one small area at a time.

The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!
Use a sponge or magic erase to go over the wet area.  I personally love the magic eraser because it allows me to wipe away any scuff marks while I am down there cleaning.  I frankly am a magic eraser junkie however!  I don’t know how I functioned with out them!
The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!
Yes my baseboards were DIRTY!  Check out the magic eraser after going over this area.  You can rinse the sponge or magic eraser as needed during the process.  Keeping a bucket of water near by for this task will make the process a bit quicker.
The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!

So what about those pesky corners and hard to reach areas?  I find that damp cotton swabs do the job really well!  You can also try to use an old toothbrush.  Anything small that will fit into all of those cracks and crevices.

The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!

Now for the secret you have all been waiting for!  How do you keep those baseboards clean for longer?  Allow the area to dry, then run a dryer sheet along the entire baseboard.  This not only repels dirt and static but it will put a coating on the area so that dust, pet hair, and more just fall right off.  Amazing right?  Give it a try in your own home! You will not be disappointed! 

The best way to clean baseboards and keep them clean for longer!
What do you think of my tips and tricks for cleaning baseboards?  Is this truly the best way to clean baseboards?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  Perhaps you have some tips and tricks that you can teach me when it comes to this nightmarish task!

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