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How to Clean Baseboards the Easy Way (Professional House Cleaning Tips)

How to Clean Baseboards the Easy Way (Professional House Cleaning Tips)


How do you clean baseboards? How often should you clean baseboards? What do you clean baseboards with? What do you clean baseboards with if you have
a bad back and you can’t bend over? Those are great questions, and we’re going
to talk about those today. Hi there. I’m Angela Brown, and the is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning
question and I get to help you find an answer. Now today’s show is brought to us by Savvy
Cleaner Training, where was train house cleaners and maids, and Airbnb owners who do all their
own turnover cleaning service, and homeowners how to clean. And today we’re going to take a lesson right
out of our learning library and we’re going to show you how to clean baseboards. Now before we begin, I have to tell you that the hallmark of a good house cleaner are clean baseboards. And so at every cleaning, every time you vacuum
the floor, you’re going to clean the baseboards. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh my word. Every cleaning?” Yes it’s true. Every single time you vacuum the floor, and
this is the answer to how often should you clean them. Every time you vacuum the floor, you should
also clean the baseboards. Here’s the reason why. As you open the door to your house, dust blows
into your house. And it’s bee pollen, and it’s all different
kinds of stuff from the outside elements. And as it comes into your house it settles. Where does it settle? It settles on the floor and on the baseboards. And as you track stuff in through the house,
or as the air conditioning kicks on, dust and air gets blown around the house. And it doesn’t settle on the flat walls, it
hits the walls, and it goes right down and it settles on the baseboards. I know. It’s awesome, right? Because it’s so easy to clean. Now, most baseboards, and here’s a secret,
they’re painted with a white, semigloss paint. They are designed to be cleaned frequently. And because the hallmark of a good house cleaner
are clean baseboards, I’m going to show you six different ways to clean baseboards. Now the secret is work smart not hard. So you’re going to use the easiest, quickest,
fastest tool to get the job done with the least amount of chemicals. Right? That’s going to be the easiest way to do it. Okay, so first and foremost, if you go into
a house, let’s say this is a deep clean, you go into a house and the people smoke inside
their house, and there’s nicotine, and there’s tar on the sides of their baseboards, we need
a heavy-duty degreaser that’s going to cut through that. Also, if people do a lot of frying in their
house, and they cook things like bacon and fried potatoes, and French fries and stuff
like that, there’s going to be grease in the air. And as that grease settles, it’s going to
get stuck on everything, but it’s also going to get stuck on the baseboards. So, we’re going to use something like Krud Kutter, which is designed for the environment and it is biodegradable. Here’s a secret: It also goes on clear. So if you’re going on the baseboard, which
is the white semigloss paint, which is designed for cleaning chemicals, you can spray this
on, grab a white terrycloth and wipe it off, and your baseboards are good to go. Now there’s no dwell time, we don’t need to
spray it on there and leave it for five or 10 minutes, or any of that stuff. Spray it on, wipe it off and you should be
good to go. So that’s way number one, and that’s only,
only if you have really dirty, icky, sticky baseboards. Okay? The preferred way is just by using a Swiffer Duster. Now the Swiffer Duster is designed to trap dust. So you do one sweep and all of a sudden it
grabs the dust and holds it in here while you vacuum, and now you’re good to go. It’s so easy. And if you have the Swiffer duster on the
back of you, like I always carry mine with me so that while I’m vacuuming in every room
I can pull it out, I can dust the baseboard in one move, grab the vacuum, and it’s not
two separate projects. It’s kind of the same thing as I go. All right. Numbers three and four. These are the different ways you can clean
them. One is with a brush, and this is a soft-bristled
brush. And so let’s say that you have lots of dog
and cat hair that have settled on the baseboards. What you want to do is you want to brush the
baseboards down. This uses no chemicals whatsoever. It just grabs all the dust and the dog hair,
and the cat hair and it brushes it out on the carpet. Then you vacuum the carpet up, and you’re
good to go. So sometimes it’s really heavy-duty gunk,
it’s not sticky gunk, it’s not gooey gunk, it’s not icky gunk like grease, it’s just
like dog-hair dust gunk, so this is a really good brush for that. All right, another method that’s very similar,
and again, is the same number of steps is going to be the vacuum attachment hose that
also has a little brush. This is a really great opportunity to go along
the side of the baseboards. Again, it’s cleaning the baseboard first,
step number one, and then vacuuming the baseboards, number two. So it’s still a two-step process, but this
will suck all of the dog and cat hair up into the hose so it doesn’t go onto the floor,
which in a second you’re going to vacuum again anyway. So, it’s kind of a choice if you want to use
the brush or the vacuum attachment. Either of those two ways. This is way number three and way number four. All right now way number five. And I give you permission to use way number
five at any time during a deep clean or maintenance clean if you need it. And that is your eraser sponge. You want to get your eraser sponge wet and
it will wipe up any black marks or scuff marks that either your shoes or your vacuum hit
while you are inside the room. So if you go in and you look around and you
do your once-over of the room before you clean, and you see that “Oh, I got six scuff marks
here that are black,” you’re going to want to wet your eraser sponge, have that with
you and then you can wipe those up as you go. So at any time, you can wipe and erase those
scuff marks with an eraser sponge. All right and way number six, if you have
a really bad back or bad knees and you can’t bend over, what I recommend is a duster, and
I will leave links in the show notes to this if you don’t this or any of the other things
that we talked about today. This is one of those that comes with those
tall cleaning kits where it bends and it goes above the ceiling fans, and the lights and
the window ledges to reach up high. This is microfiber and it has all these little
fingers that collect dust. Now, this head slides right off and it is machine-washable, so once you use it, you can wash it and use it again, and again. But literally, you just drop your arm, and
you walk along the side of the room, and you brush the baseboards as you go and it collects
all the dust so that you don’t have to bend over at all. And if you’re super tall, it does have the
attachment on the end, so you put your telescoping wand in, and it will let you extend the reach
as long as you need. So, these are the six ways to clean your baseboards. Why do we want to clean them? Because it is the hallmark of a good house
cleaner. How often do we want to do it? At every vacuuming. Right? Now you know the secrets, now you know how
to do it. All right, if you found this helpful, please
pass it on to a friend. If you have questions, you can leave those
in the notes below. If you like it, give it thumbs up. And until we meet again, leave the world a
cleaner place than when you found it.

Comments (100)

  1. Who the heck has time to clean the baseboards every week when I vacuum? I have a 4000 sq ft house. I'd have to quit my day job to clean my baseboards.

  2. Okay. I don’t smoke or fry foods , ever. So what products should I use for my baseboard?

  3. I always vacuum baseboards first. If there’s carpet, tile or linoleum, I spray with a mixture of warm water and a couple drops of dish soap and wipe with a microfiber. If there’s hard woods, I use the same mixture of water and soap but pour it on the rag and ring it out and then wipe. Never spray chemical or water on hard woods and let it set for longer than a few seconds. If you can’t bend over, a sponge mop works great on baseboards.
    Unfortunately, Magic erasers remove paint.

  4. WTF are baseboards?????

  5. New Subscriber !
    Twice a year , I leave it for the Professional to clean ,
    especially the baseboards and they clean the floors ( on their hands and knees ) .
    P.S. If you and family take shoes off , before walking in the house , it will save
    the wear and tear on floor and less dirt , dust , etcccc .

  6. 😳😔My baseboards paint chip off! Now I have areas of the board that need the paint repaied🙁😱🤷🏼‍♀️

  7. How bout just vacuum them with your bare floor brush?

  8. Aye my base boards ( semi rough lumber) are hand plain chestnut. They are stained and not glossed. Not one trick you shown helps my cause. I have to scrub, with a brush, and Murphy wood soap. Your crazy if you think I’m doin that more than once a month.
    Edit: try cleaning base boards in a home that’s not newly built or built by a craftsman instead of a factory. Then I’ll be impressed. I’m not a fan of crud jutted either. Blue wolf is a much better degreaser and a much better price.

  9. What about the nightmare sticky build-up of hairspray in bathrooms. It seems to meld right into the paint and become one. I wanna take a blowtorch to it. Does that Krud Kutter you mention work well or do I need something else?

  10. I have one thing to add I learned the hard and expensive way….. never spray onto the surface to clean directly, always spray the applicator aka rag/cloth to avoid droplets of overspray that can damage the surrounding area.

  11. Too bad you aren't training home makers- the people who work from Home Health Care services. I ve had so many lazy cleaners. Drivers

  12. How do you clean stovetop and oven

  13. I would never spray on a degreaser before first trying to brush or vacuum off any loose dust bunnies/hair.

  14. This is refreshing, because I do this, but I gather most people don’t. So, I’m not alone. I’m low-key proud of the fact my house is clean, including baseboards, panelling, door moulding, etc. And I’m a melamine sponge convert. Useful product.

    Fun story… In talking with a friend, after my Great Dane died, I off-handedly quipped, “And my house has never been dirtier!”

    My friend looked puzzled. So, in that moment, it never having crystallized for me before that moment, I explained, “While the dog was alive, I was so obsessed with keeping the house clean of her fur, and the dirt she tracked-in, etc., that I thoroughly vacuumed daily, and dusted at least once a day, and used fresh-smelling cleaning products every day, and just generally kept everything spotless. Now that she’s gone, and there’s no hair, and no dog smell to tackle, I don’t have as much impetus to clean all the time. So, my house actually gets dirtier between cleanings, than I ever allowed while the dog was alive. Thus…it’s never been dirtier.”

  15. I mop mine no bending down

  16. I was thinking of having baseboard when building my home. Baseboard is not something house usually have in my country. My mom going to think I'm crazy for adding baseboard, all those extra cleaning time.

  17. Ok the first baseboard was not dirty come to my house I will give you a challenge

  18. Is it just me or she channeling Alice the maid? Totally needs a beehive…it'd be fun🐝

  19. I use Spray cleaner and a wash cloth

  20. 😳😳😳 Baseboards??? Lol. Thank you for this series. It’s an easy place to not even think of with all kinds of stuff or furniture on the floor! I hope you made other great cleaning videos as we just bought a brand spanking newly built house 🏡! I want to START with a good grasp of what and exactly how to clean efficiently and without breaking my back. I’m definitely going to check out your other videos. I hope you have a shower soap scum video. I’ve tried just about everything and anything “commercial” is a waste of time. I’ve got a good recipe I’m going to try. One thing you DID gain is a new sub! Thank you for the many ways!!!

  21. What a the best way to clean base board heaters?

  22. You can also a stepping stool. To sit on. 🙂 if your doing a deeper cleaning and dont want to squat .

  23. I own 2 cats , 2 rotties and 1 mastiff ….. oh yes and 1 husband , geezus help me it’s pointless 🤦‍♀️

  24. oh! I want to know how to clean baseboard heaters! let me know if you have a link or tips.

  25. Use the swiffer duster extension pole and you won’t have to bend over to do the baseboards.

  26. Run a broom around your baseboards. You're welcome.

  27. How about a Webster

  28. I use the hoover brush on skirting boards.

  29. FYI using Clorox, Windex and Tide is like smoking 20 cigs a day…. don't do it

  30. Most homes have furniture, chairs, entertainment stands along the perimeter of the room, not so easy to get to baseboards without moving furniture first!

  31. How do you clean your Swiffer duster? Do you just go outside and shake it?

  32. I sweep them with a clean straw broom. Works for me!

  33. Lovely video with good suggestions.

  34. Great tips👍 I pay attention if baseboards are clean. I used to dust and clean them regularly and the house was +/-4000 sq ft. I couldn’t stand dusty dirty baseboards. Especially in the kitchen. I had cleaning person who didn’t clean them. So I sprayed with Tilex then scrub with toothbrush to get rid of hard dirt around edges since most people mop pushing dirt to the walls.
    Currently, I’m renting a house and baseboards are white, and dirty. I can no longer do the same type of cleaning. I feel dirty myself but have learned to pick my battles. I no longer have small children so I don’t mop daily nor weekly. The owners need to paint them to get them to look clean again.
    I appreciate the tips & will try Mr Clean 🧽 to try cleaning them.

  35. Baby wipes also work great thank you for your video

  36. Yea my cheap af apartment owners used flat paint on everything except the kitchen and bathroom walls so I can't clean my baseboards nor my walls. I have 2 children ages 5 and 2 so my walls are FILTHY and I can't clean them 🤬🤬🤬🤬 if I try it just leaves a huge wet mark, starts to take off the paint and doesn't remove the dirt 🙄

  37. Thank you! I’m inspired to get busy!

  38. Sure to make your house clean all the time you need to have Maid Service at least every two weeks do the real Cleaning

  39. I just call my daughter. She put herself through college cleaning peoples homes. 🙂

  40. Grace cleaned my mothers house for 15 yrs the old fashioned way. She got down on all fours and wiped w pledge

  41. I vacuum everyday so I should do baseboards as well? I’ll have to try #6 (bad back knees)

  42. I know how to have a really clean house and baseboards. It's called hiring a housekeeper.

  43. Great video! I love using Swiffers in my business, too! 🙂

  44. I will save y'all time. A used fabric sheets works well to clean baseboards. Also if really dirty spray Mr. Bubbles bathroom cleaner and wipe off. Magic Eraser for dark spots.
    Work smart not hard

  45. Great tips and your voice is awesome-you sound just like Ellen Degeneres!

  46. I tried to clean my baseboards with warm dawn water and half the paint came off… Im only renting my condo so I had to stop because I didn't want to get in trouble…what should I do?

  47. I just use a plastic bucket of pine sol, go around clean baseboards or whatever else I see. And DONE..simple!

  48. Where have you been all my life? Excellent video full of great tips! Thank you!!

  49. Best way ….no baseboards!

  50. As a kid the deep-clean had us scrubbing them by hand with soap and water. I HATED that more than anything. As an adult I use my vacuum attachment. I’ll never get eye-level with a baseboard ever again. 😂

  51. How do you quickly and effectively clean yellow nicotine off bathroom walls?

  52. My baseboards never look clean because they have messy glue or caulk or something showing, that doesn't match the white paint. It is smeared over every edge of every baseboard so they always look dingy. I think they need a repaint!

  53. The hallmark to my clean house is that it smells fresh and there are no cobwebs. I choose a couple of sections daily (what bothers me the most) and work there for only 30 minutes. That’s it. Baseboards? With all the heavy furniture that’s against the walls, they wait until I move to get cleaned. The parts that are visible might get a cleaning every three months with a damp towel. Works great each time.

  54. I'm 65 and I have to get down on my knees to clean baseboards.don't forget door frames .they collect dust too.

  55. 2019- All this advanced intelligent technology and house cleaning is still pre-1900’s. Ladies, we are past ready for the house robot…how thick brained the tech inventors are who have NO common sense. Women WILL beg, borrow or remortgage the farm, house, his boat, cars for a house robot. I want to be Judy Jetson! NOW , today (will accept tomorrow if I have to). Billions of $$ in sales waiting to be earned. 100% USA made, cause the China parts are disposable crap. Speed Queen, are you listening? Just DO IT! Prettypleasewithsugarontop.

  56. Disagree with the order. You always dust off before you spray cleaning solution or use a mr clean sponge because if you don’t the dust gets wet and turns to muddy crud. She didn’t mention that using a mr clean sponge on flat paint like she did on wall makes marks you can see. Sometimes they can be buffed out but not always

  57. How do you get the crud that gets stuck in the corners?

  58. Too much talking and the baseboards were already clean. 2:20 minutes at the first of the video talking about nothing. By 2:30 I'm irritated at the gabbing.

  59. I need a housekeeper.

  60. My base boards are brown wood. I just dust them.

  61. Please be careful with Krud Kutter. I used a diluted solution on baseboards along a wall with wallpaper and the solution bleached the wallpaper. 😑

  62. Great info – exceptionally well explained. Thank you.

  63. The instructions start at 2:40.

  64. Take all shoes off in a home and cut down on germs and dirt

  65. Huh. I always thought that vacuum brush was for curtain folds. Amazing!

  66. Thank you,l have chronic pain and your videos help me. Sometimes when you are distracted,you can’t think and you are helping me tremendously.

  67. I cleaned them after four years. The baseboards look great. I put filters on the furnace vents. There’s a tip for ya.

  68. How to clean a self cleaning oven ? Too much smoke because of grease (thanksgiving) I have to get rid of the grease before I can engage the self cleaning feature. Help, please !

  69. I don't have baseboards so I don't have to clean em

  70. Does Krud Kutter leave a residue? I know Magic Eraser does. Residues attract dirt..:

  71. Growing up, cleaning the baseboards was part of my chores. I hated it then, but sure do appreciate knowing how and the importance of doing it now.

  72. You’re so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing these great tips 😊 Merry Christmas!!

  73. Use a vacuum and a vapor steamer, it's not hard.

  74. I love how excited she is to clean the baseboards. LOL. I wanna smack her.

  75. So basically you’re squatting down and using chemical cleaners and elbow grease to clean it. That I don’t consider easy.

  76. My problem is where the carpet (light) is up against my baseboards is getting dirty. I’m thinking it’s from our furnace. I’m wondering how to clean there.
    My carpet cleaners can’t get that close to the baseboards so I need to go on my hands & knees to clean that area. Please help 🙃

  77. I never thought mine were dirty….now since watching I find my baseboards disgusting.

  78. Can you use degreaser on painted walls in a kitchen?.

  79. Dear God in heaven….did you say…everytime I vacuum? Laud. That's crazy

  80. Do people really not know how to clean baseboards?

  81. How do you remove dried mucus from sneezing cats?

  82. Great tips. Simple and straight to the point. No need to go out and buy expensive cleaning products.

  83. Where have you BEEN all my life? Thank you, Angela, for sharing your knowledge and experience. You are are too cool for school! From a thankful Instant subscriber!

  84. how can you clean an oven…when you are (like me) old (73) and health issues (like inability to kneel or bad back and breathing and can't bend either.)

  85. Doddle bug 6' handle wet rag, spray Krud
    cutter on rag not directly onto baseboard start at corners work to the middle so you don't bunch dust into the inner corners of the baseboards, whenever you use the vacuum use a 6' long extension onto the vacuum handle keeps you standing while vacuuming baseboards, no bending needed to hit high spots and low

  86. Swiffer Dusters don't clean anything but push the dust more. Pre-spray baseboards before wiping and a bucket of soap water for the rag. Have cleaned professionally and its better my way.

  87. Do you dust end tables & future FIRST or AFTER the floor & baseboard?

  88. To much talking… just get to it…

  89. Baseboards are my nemesis

  90. She needs to team up with the Sham Wow guy!!!!

  91. Sweep with the broom

  92. I use the Clorox wipes, easy and just throw them away.

  93. Which methods should Not be used on wood baseboards?

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