17th December 2018

12 Essential Tips for Cleaning Skirting Boards

It is surprising how cleaning your skirting boards can instantly make an entire room fresher, brighter and cleaner. It makes sense – like any other piece of furniture in your home, your skirting boards require regular cleaning to avoid them becoming too dirty or have dust ingrained into the valleys of the profile.

However, so many people neglect their skirting boards, think the job is going to involve lots of crouching and scrubbing, and it becomes a forgotten area that never gets any attention. It’s not something we necessarily look at regularly, particularly not up close, so it’s easy to not notice them becoming progressively dustier and dirtier.

Fortunately, skirting boards are actually quite easy to clean, particularly if you’re armed with these handy tips to make the process quick and simple! Here are our top 12 tips for cleaning skirting boards effectively and efficiently.

Paintbrush / Mini Broom

If your skirting boards are just dusty as opposed to being dirty or grimy, then you can just do a dry dust and that should be sufficient. One way of doing this is to use a dry paintbrush with soft bristles, and just run it along the borders of your rooms to clear away any dust. The bristles are good at reaching deep into the crevices as well to ensure no unwanted dust gets left behind. A Mini Broom or Cobweb Broom can also achieve the same result. Then vacuum up any dust that has been brushed to the floor, and voila! Like-new skirting boards again.

Vacuum

This is a great dry dusting option if you don’t feel like getting down on your hands and knees to wipe all the skirting boards in your house. Make sure you use a small vacuum attachment that’s suited for small spaces, so you can get right into the grooves, and this should quickly and easily suck up the dust without you having to even bend over.

Disinfectant Wipes

This is probably one of the simplest ways of cleaning your skirting boards if there are some spills or grime on them. It’s highly likely you already have disinfectant wipes around the house, and it’s just a matter of putting in a little elbow grease and wiping down the skirting boards. If you use scented wipes, you get the added bonus of a fresh, pleasant smelling home by the time you’re done as well. Note that this isn’t the most environmentally friendly approach though, as you end up needing to throw out a lot of wipes, and it can be expensive to keep replenishing them.

Spray Cleaners and Paper Towels

Another of the simplest approaches to cleaning skirting boards is to use these common household items. Grab an all-purpose spray cleaner paired with some 3+ ply paper towels and you’re set to go. However, the downside of this method is that you end up using quite a significant amount of paper towels by the time you finish the entire house, and sometimes the spray can end of on the lower parts of your walls so you have to wipe this too. Be sure to test an inconspicuous patch before using a spray to ensure it doesn’t damage or discolour your paint.

Bucket, Soapy Water and Sponge

A traditional method that’s been tried and tested for many, many decades is the classic bucket and sponge. Fill the bucket with warm and soapy water, maybe with a dash of disinfectant, Sugar Soap or fragrances if you like, then dip a sponge into the mixture. Squeeze most of the liquid out so it’s not dripping, then wipe across the skirting boards throughout your house. Clean away the soapy water with another wipe with a sponge with just water, and finish up with a microfiber cloth to dry it, and you’re done!

Magic Erasers

Magic Erasers literally work wonders, all around your home. This clever cleaning product can be used to remove dirt and scuff marks, as well as give your boards that extra shine to make them appear brand new again. All you need is some water, then let the erasers work their magic!

Vinegar and Water

For those who prefer to opt for a natural and chemical free approach, white vinegar does the trick. Simply add a few capfuls of white vinegar to warm water, mix it thoroughly, then use a cloth or sponge to polish your skirting boards. While they’ll look spotlessly clean, you may notice a lingering vinegar smell, which might not be ideal unless you’re able to effectively air your home afterwards.

Acidic Solutions

If you need a deep clean for your skirting boards to get rid of the dirt and grime, but you don’t want the smell of vinegar around your home, then you can use a mixture with bleach or polish instead. They are both powerful cleaning agents but you need to ensure that you read the manufacturer’s guidelines on the bottles/containers to use them appropriately and avoid any potential harms to your skirting boards, paint or drips onto your flooring. This is an excellent way of cleaning off tough and stubborn stains as well. It is advised to wear a face mask and work in an open space to avoid inhalation of the fumes.

Steam Cleaner

For the ultimate cleaning power that is guaranteed to get the job done perfectly, bring out the steam cleaner! It’s the ideal way to clean away all dirt and grime, quickly and easily. Just spot test a small patch in an inconspicuous place to make sure it won’t cause any damage or bubbling to your paint.

Dryer Sheets

This one might come as a surprise! If you’ve recently cleaned your skirting boards, a regular touch-up with dryer sheets can be rather effective in repelling dust and dirt. Running a dryer sheet along your boards will help repel dust while also making your rooms smell like fresh linen! These utilise a unique technology to ensure your clothes end up feeling soft and static free by the end of their cycle in the dryer, and somehow they also help with skirting boards too. A similar thing can be done with fabric softener sheets as well.

Cotton Buds

These handy little tools do an amazing job at getting deep in those nooks, crannies, folds and edges of your skirting board profile. Pair these with one of the other methods above for a totally thorough clean. They’re the ideal size to scrub any tricky to reach places, and by the end you’ll know every spot has been taken care of. Try this cleaning hack when you’re doing a thorough clean of your skirting boards, and you may be surprised at how much dirt they manage to pick up!

Professional cleaning detergent

Every once in a while when you want to give your skirting boards a truly deep clean, it’s worth utilising some professional cleaning detergents to guarantee a top-notch outcome. For cleaning wooden skirting boards you can purchase a wood cleaner and polisher. For acrylic based paint, you can opt for a household grade degreaser.

When cleaning using wet techniques you should keep in mind that moisture can affect unsealed MDF timber so make sure your cloths and sponges do not leave lots of moisture behind, especially if it runs down behind or under the boards where they might not be sealed by paint or primer.

Overall, when tackling the chore of cleaning skirting boards, it’s best to use a combination of dry and wet techniques. The dry approaches will ensure all the dust is cleared away before you go with the wet approaches which will help scrub and shine your boards to rid them of any dirt or marks that have accumulated over time. This power combo will work wonders!

Keep your skirting boards clean and well-maintained, and you’re sure to see a difference in the overall aura of the room. It’ll also save you time and money in the long run, by ensuring you don’t let them build up with grime and stains. Simply use these tips to make cleaning skirting boards a straightforward and successful process – the result will be 100% worth it.