Before I tell you how I make my baseboards shine I want to tell you this: cleaning the baseboards is an entirely optional chore. It can wait. If you are stressed out and overwhelmed and barely have time to take a shower, please don't let this post add one more thing to your mental to do list. Just go browse pinterest for cake-in-a-mug recipes or polka dotted anything. That's an order.
That said, cleaning baseboards is a quick and easy task that really makes a room sing. Your walls and floors will look cleaner. And, once done, it stays done for a while...which for a mom with a house full of young kids and a never-ending barrage of laundry and dishes to clean, that sense of completion is a welcomed one!
To start, give the baseboards a quick sweep with a mini handheld broom. If you don't have a little broom like this, a clean paintbrush will work too.
This will remove the dust so that it doesn't just get pushed around with your cloth.
Next, wipe the baseboard with a cloth dampened in a solution of warm water and dish soap. If your trim is wood instead of painted you may prefer to use a wood cleaner for this step.
Make sure that your cloth is well wrung out so that it doesn't leave a lot of moisture on the trim.
Finally, take a cotton swab dipped in your cleaning solution and get into the corners.
I also like to dust off the top edge of all of my electrical outlets as I go, the tops of those manage to collect a lot of dust.
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