Baseboards? Really? I know you’re thinking, “Whatever Rachel, like I’m really going to clean the baseboards any time soon…”
I hear you. My home is in it’s usual state of post-weekend calamity. In terms of the Hierarchy of Cleaning, baseboards certainly fall under the “Extra” category.
But in case one day you decide to clean the baseboards, you’ll know how to do it.
The easiest way to clean baseboards is to use a dust broom, the kind that comes with a matching dust pan. I don’t know what brand mine is; it’s nothing special, it just works. Some people would prefer to use an attachment on the vacuum, but then you have to lug the vacuum around with you, so the dust broom is quicker and easier.
With a dust broom you just take one or two minutes to go around the room and sweep the dust off the baseboards. I don’t do this very often, and I sure don’t move the furniture out of the way. (Except for the time when I was nine months pregnant, but that’s a different story.)
You’ll make the most difference doing this in the rooms with your front and back doors. If your baseboards are really grungy, first you go around with the dust broom, and then you go around again with a wet rag, just like how with floors first you sweep and then mop.
Baseboards are like the finishing touches on rooms, and cleaning them off can be pretty satisfying. My mom paid us in nickels to clean them when I was little.