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How To Clean Baseboards Without Bending Over

Welcome to my article on how to clean baseboards without bending over. Baseboards are that one object in your home that probably goes unnoticed; until they’re filthy and horrible looking. 

Furthermore, they can be quite challenging to clean due to their low position. We often find ourselves bending over and stooping down to clean them by hand. 

But, what if you can get away with cleaning your baseboards without pulling a muscle? That’s a win-win wouldn’t you say? 

In this article, I’ll be teaching you how to achieve clean baseboards without bending over by using special cleaning tools. 

1. Back Pain & Strain Prevention

Constant bending and stretching could lead to lower back aches and long term back problems. Besides back pain, bending over consistently could also cause strain in the knees and other muscles.

2. Accessibility & Mobility Issues 

For individuals with mobility issues, whether through age, injury, or disability, cleaning baseboards could prove quite challenging. And it may be down right impossible for others.

3. Ease, Comfort, & Convenience

You don’t have to have an injury or mobility issues to not want to bend over and start scrubbing your baseboards. 

No matter who you are, cleaning is usually something everyone has to do at some time in their lifetime right?. 

So finding tools that make it easy on us is always appreciated; Which brings us to our next section.

I could write an entire article on how to pick awesome baseboard cleaning tools.

With there being new products created everyday, you have to know what to look for when choosing a reliable product.

Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll need:

Dish soap- There are plenty of mild dish soaps to choose from. However, Dawn dish soap will forever be my fave.

Commercial Cleaner (Optional)- You may choose to go with a commercial cleaner instead of dish soap. Before choosing a cleaner, consider whether you have wooden baseboards, stainless steel, painted , and so forth. Whatever you choose, just make sure the cleaner is not too harsh and won’t ruin your surface.

Wall Mop or Baseboard Cleaning Tool With An Extendable Handle -Today, we have so many different baseboard cleaning tools to choose from. This makes the decision process a little hard as we get stuck in analysis paralysis.

Here’ a few things to consider when choosing a baseboard cleaning tool:

  • Choose a baseboard cleaning tool that comes with multiple textured cleaning pads
  • Consider how far of a reach you need to get the job done. Choose a baseboard cleaning tool that’s extendable
  • Choose a cleaning tool that comes with multiple attachment. By doing this, you could have a mop, duster, and baseboard cleaning tool all in one gadget.

1. Mix cleaning solution 

If you’re using a commercial cleaner, follow the instructions on diluting the solution. However, if you’re just using a mild dish soap, add a few drops to a bucket of water. 

2. Dip mop pad in cleaning solution

You may do a “one quick dip” into the quick cleaning solution or, Allow for the microfiber pads to sit in the solution for a few minutes. 

Either way you want to make sure the microfiber pads are rung out pretty well. You can always grab another pad with more cleaning solution, if need be.

3. Attach the pad to the mop

Most microfiber, mops or wall cleaners come with a Velcro bottom to attach to the bottom of the mount pad. Follow the instructions on your tool and attach the mop pad. Unless you’re dusting , The mop should be damp before you attach.

4. Wash the baseboards

Gently glide your mop from left to right and up-and-down along your baseboard.  If you see any tough spots, you may need to continuously scrub this area, but you should not have to bend. Use your mop as a scrub brush. You want to be gentle enough to not cause damage, but also vigorous enough to remove any dirt, grease and grime. Make sure to switch out or rinse out pads when they become too soiled. 

5. Dry the Baseboards 

Attach a dry microfiber pad to your mop, and use the exact same motion used to wash the baseboards to dry the baseboards. Make sure to dry them completely. 

Complete this process until all baseboards are washed and dried. 

1. Regular dusting

Use a microfiber duster with a long handle to duster baseboards at least once a month to prevent buildup. 

2. Spot clean as needed

As soon as you notice a spot on your baseboards, wipe it as soon as possible to prevent the stain from settling in. This is especially important in kitchens where Grease and food stains can soak into the material, further damaging the baseboards. Magic erasers, and other  mild cleaners are great for spot cleaning baseboards .  

3. Repair & touch-ups

Conduct regular walk-throughs to examine your baseboards. Check for any damages you may run across. Small cracks can be easily fixed, and if handled promptly, you may avoid future damages.

4 reduce indoor pollution

Using high-quality HVAC filters can help reduce the dust in your home as well as using air purifiers. Also try reducing activities that cause indoor pollutants, such as burning candles and smoking. 

Now that you have all the steps you need  to clean your baseboards without bending, here are some additional tips that will help you yield professional results

1. Dry dust baseboards before washing

Dry dusting your baseboards before you wash them makes the washing process easy by removing most  debris beforehand.  

2. Choose the right size tool

Some floor mops can be used to clean baseboards, especially microfiber flat mops. Microfiber mops are often perfect for going right along the baseboard’s surface. 

but oftentimes the mop frame is too long, making it harder to maneuver around corners. Choosing a tool that is especially made for cleaning baseboards may eliminate this challenge. 

3. Avoid using too much soap or water

Using too much water to clean your baseboards, could be damaging, especially if there wouldn’t. Instead, make sure your microfiber pads are wet but not dripping wet.  

If you’re dealing with really dirty baseboards, you may have to use more soap and water, but use your judgment.

White baseboards– using a magic eraser can help remove dark marks and smudges. Avoid scrubbing two vigorously to avoid removing paint.

Wooden baseboards-if wooden baseboards are old and worn, they might have little cracks and divots. That may be hard to get dusted out of. Try using a broom or a scrub brush. The bristles can help get in between the cracks to remove the dust before washing. Also avoid using too much water.

Stainless steel baseboards-choose a water based stainless steel cleaner to avoid oily residue getting on the floor. This may not only damage your floors, but could lead to slips and falls.

Carpeted baseboards- try using a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove surface dust. If you don’t have a vacuum with the brush attachment, you can also use a broom or a brush of some sort.

You would just use the same motion as you would sweeping or scrubbing a floor. However, Using a broom isn’t the best way to remove dust from carpeted baseboards as dust will spread onto other things. But it does work out removing the dust from the actual baseboard.

You now have all the steps you need to clean baseboards without bending over, as well as the cleaning toys you need to accomplish the job.

Not all baseboard cleaning tools are created equal. Consider choosing a tool that comes with multiple cleaning pads as well as an extendable handle. These are two features of your baseboard cleaning tool that will make cleaning your baseboards even easier.

In order to keep your baseboards looking so fresh and so clean all the time, please follow the maintenance tips provided . For more professional cleaning tips, subscribe to my email. As always, happy cleaning!

How do you clean baseboards without getting on your hands and knees?

You can clean baseboards without getting on your hands and knees by using a long handle tool. Some examples include a microfiber, broom, Swiffer, or duster.  using a long handle tool that reaches the baseboards prevents you from having to bend over.

How do professionals clean baseboards?

Some Cleaning professionals use numerous tools and cleaning methods to clean baseboards, and it usually depends on the condition that they are in. If light dusting is needed,  a microfiber duster with a long handle may be used , professional cleaners also use specialized cleaning tools, such as baseboard, cleaning tools, and wall cleaning tools . 

But not all professional cleaners use tools to clean baseboards. Some swear by only cleaning baseboards on their hands and knees up close in person. This allows them to get every single detail into every single nook and cranny. 

How do you clean without bending?

To clean without bending requires specialized cleaning tools, such as vacuum attachments, dusters and mops with telescopic handles. Choosing cleaning tools with telescopic handles will allow you to reach high ceilings and low baseboards without training your back. 

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