Baseboard Cleaner - The Best Way to Clean Your Baseboards
What is the best baseboard cleaner? This question is at the heart of this baseboard cleaning guide. As a long time ago mentioned, cleaning basesboards is a skill and not something you can do by rote. The baseboards need to be washed on a regular basis for them to look and remain clean. There are two main methods to apply a cleaning agent. There is the DIY baseboard cleaner spray method and the hand held foamy cleaner spray method.
This baseboard cleaner guide will concentrate on the second method. There is a good reason it's called the hand held Foamy Handy. It's easy to use because it uses a liquid detergent, such as Dove or Clorox, mixed with warm water, a cup of warm dish soap, a spray bottle of white vinegar, a sponge and some cold water to get the foam job done.
For this baseboard scrubbing process you'll need: a clean white cloth, a spray bottle of either dish soap or cold water, a sponge, toothbrush or some other small bristled object, such as a cotton swab, a spray bottle of mineral oil, a dry towel or rugs, an iron (preferably a non-magnetic one), a very dry sponge, and microfiber pads. Microfiber pads are great for light dirt. On the other hand, you don't want to use too many microfiber pads because they will only make a paste out of the dirt and dust. Microfiber pads are also useful for removing grime from metal.
First thing you do is to spray the cleaner onto the cloth. Make sure that the cloth isn't soiled by the cleaner as well because that will not help you in any way. After spraying, move the microfiber pad across the crevices of the baseboard until all the crevices and corners are covered. Be careful not to let the cleaner get on the painted surfaces.
You then move to the next step which is to wipe the cleaner onto the dry towel or the rug. Wipe the towel in a back and forth motion to prevent the cleaner from getting onto any painted surfaces. This is important because any residue left on the walls will leave a permanent stain.
The third step is to dip the swab in vegetable oil. This acts as a magnet to draw out and absorb any dirt, dust, or grime. The vegetable oil helps to keep the cloth moist. Next, use the dry towel or rug to apply the cleaner to every crevice in the baseboard. Continue this process until the entire surface has been cleaned.
You can now turn your attention to cleaning the baseboards themselves. For this step, you will need a soft bristled cleaning brush, such as a baby-toy brush. The brush needs to be soaked in hot soapy water. Next, gently run the brush over the baseboards to loosen any debris that might have stuck to them. Remember to only use a soft bristled brush because you do not want to damage the wood. A hard bristled brush can cause damage to the wood.
To complete your baseboards, simply vacuum up the cleaner along with the wet towel or rug. Follow these simple steps to properly clean baseboards without bending a limb. These simple tips should help anyone clean baseboards without bending an arm.
Once your baseboards have been vacuumed, then you can continue to remove any remaining dust and dirt using a dry duster. Make sure that you are wearing latex gloves prior to applying the duster. If you are using a dust and dirt vacuum attachment, you can use the vacuum while the cleaner is still on the baseboards. By doing this, the microfiber cloth will prevent dust and dirt from getting into the motor system of the unit.
If the dust does become airborne, the best way to handle it is by using a hair dryer on medium setting. Once the dryer is hot enough, you can brush the hair dryer on the dusty areas to blow them away from where you are working. For harder dirt, using the vacuum cleaner attachment and wiping it with the dry towel again works the best way to remove the dust. The attachment works by lifting the dust out of the air through the bottom of the nozzle.
Baseboard cleaning methods should always involve the proper cleaning methods for the baseboards. Not all baseboards are created equal. There are different baseboards and different wood types so make sure you know what you are doing when it comes to cleaning your baseboards. Remember, some baseboards are better than others. Some baseboards are better suited for particular cleaning methods. If you are unsure as to what is best for your particular baseboard, always call a professional.