Placed at the foot of the wall, skirting boards are a practical and aesthetic finishing element. But when they get dusty and dirty, and not properly maintained, they can make your home look run down. The good news is that there are tricks to cleaning and keeping them clean.
Whether it’s wood or tile, these strips can get dirty quickly. These are the easiest ways to thoroughly clean them.
Before thoroughly cleaning baseboards, you must first remove excess dust. For this, pass vacuum cleaner, duster or broom. For hard-to-reach corners, use a moistened cotton swab to remove dust and dirt. In this way, they will be ready for a thorough cleaning. Roll up your sleeves and get started!
Clean and white baseboards you can give your house the perfect finishing touch after a thorough cleaning. But if you avoid them all the time because they seem difficult to clean, or usually involve bending over for long periods of time, there are some very simple methods that make maintenance easier. This is what you should do.
Clean tile baseboards with white vinegar
This is one of the most practical tips for removing dust and dirt deposits from baseboards.
What do you need :
- A broom
- Paper towels
- White vinegar
- a spray bottle
Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of white vinegar and water (in a 50/50 ratio).
Wrap 2-3 paper towels around your broom and secure with a rubber band on each side.
Spray the baseboards with the vinegar cleaning solution.
Sweep the baseboards to remove any dirt that has accumulated there.
Replace the paper towel as soon as it gets dirty.
White vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner, as it helps to unclog all traces of dirt thanks to its antimicrobial properties and its high content of acetic acid.
Of course, avoid using vinegar on marble or natural stone, since the acidity of the product will damage these surfaces. It is advisable in this case to use Marseille soap.
Cleaning Stained Wood Baseboards
stained wood skirting offer a very attractive aesthetic appearance, but when they get dirty, cleaning them becomes very tedious. However, there is a trick to do it in no time.
What do you need :
- 3 liters of hot water
- 4 tablespoons or (1/4 cup) liquid dish detergent or household soap.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to wipe down the baseboards with the cleaning solution (if the stains are stubborn, feel free to rub with the sponge, applying light pressure). Wring out the sponge firmly to prevent too much water from getting into the wood. Once you’ve cleaned the baseboards, use a cloth dampened with clean water to give them one last pass and remove any soapy residue. The remaining oil will add luster and shine to the wood.
Other ways to clean baseboards
There are other inexpensive methods for cleaning baseboards. Here are some.
Baby wipes to remove dirt from baseboards
If you want to clean your baseboards urgently, disposable wipes are one of the best solutions. Although they are not very eco-friendly (because you have to throw them away after every use), they can nevertheless come in handy in times of need.
The magical eraser sponge to remove dirt stains on skirting boards
Thanks to its stain-removing properties, sponge eraser effectively removes all traces of dirt from the surface of the skirting boards. To do this, simply dip it into hot soapy water. Squeeze, rub gently and pat dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
If you tend to neglect baseboard cleaning, now with these tips you can do it in just a few minutes using products you already have at home.
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