How To: Five Ways To Keep Your Skirting Boards Clean & Fresh
When it comes to home cleaning, there’s no doubt that it can be hard work to keep a whole house looking sparkly clean. With so many different elements to think about your woodwork, specifically skirting boards might sometimes be the ones that get neglected. If the skirting boards are looking tired and worn in your home then there are many restorative processes you can take, including cleaning to help bring them back to life. There are many ways in which you can deep clean your skirting boards without damaging the paint work or material used. With everyone talking about Holly Willoughby’s back to school picture last week and her sparkling clean skirting boards we thought it would be a great time to share our tips on how you can keep your skirting boards looking brand new.
It’s important to note that to use water-based cleaning techniques your skirting boards will need to be painted or treated if Natural Oak to protect that material used. Our MDF skirting boards are not waterproof but they are water resistant. Be sure to always use damp, not soaking wet cleaning materials to avoid any damage to your skirting boards.
Top 5 Cleaning Tips
- Dusting and Vacuuming
There’s no doubt that skirting boards can sometimes be a real nightmare to clean. If you are someone that prefers the more intricate and detailed styled skirting boards then you will no doubt have noticed a large dust build up in the finer details of the board.
A dust and a vacuum should really be the first stage of your skirting board deep clean. Using the vacuum where you can is a great way of getting rid of a large build up of dust in a quick and easy way. The duster will allow you to clean different angles and focus on the hard to reach spots. For more intricate style skirting boards that are a lot more decorative and detailed you might also benefit from using a cotton bud to get into those small intricacies.
- Warm Water With Soap
A bucket of warm soapy water and a cloth is definitely the most traditional way to clean your skirting boards. You can get a great finish and shine on your boards with a little scrub. As mentioned earlier, it’s important to ensure your ring out the cloth before using it on your skirting boards so it is damp not wet.
Instagram cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch recommends using fabric softener as a substitute for soap in this mixture. Not only will this help you remove dirt and grime but it will also leave your boards smelling super fresh and nice.
- Bleach and Sprays
You might be pretty reluctant to use bleach and strong sprays on your woodwork as not only do they have a strong odour, but they could have a damaging effect on your paint work. For regular cleans, we wouldn’t recommend using such strong detergents, but they are great if you need to remove tougher stains that just won’t budge with the use of warm soapy water.
We would advise doing a small patch test on your skirting boards with your chosen detergent to ensure that there is no damage to the boards and the paint doesn’t begin to warp or wipe away.
- Baseboard Mop
If like many you are dreading the thought of having to be on the floor scrubbing skirting boards you might benefit from purchasing a baseboard mop. This specialist cleaning tool for skirting boards is a great way of reaching difficult angles and prevents the use of multiple different cleaning elements in the process, all whilst standing up.
They can easily be found online and are not too expensive. Definitely worth looking into if you have a large space to keep clean in your property.
- Laundry Dryer Sheets
Although the most unusual out of our five suggestions, laundry dryer sheets can work really well at preventing a large dust build up. The idea is that if you rub a laundry dryer sheet over clean skirting boards this will help prevent dust from sticking and building up due to the staticity. This will be the final stage in your deep clean process and will hopefully prevent the need for regular scrub downs in the future.
It is advised that you do this a couple of times a month to reduce any unnecessary and unwanted build up of dust.
Those are just a few of the ways you can tackle your skirting boards to get them looking brand new and clean again. By maintaining clean and well looked after skirting boards you can prevent any major damage from occurring, therefore protecting the material and making the life span of the boards longer.
If however, your skirting boards need a complete revamp then you might in fact benefit from taking a look at our Skirting Board Covers and discovering more about how they work and if they could help transform your space.
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