What to use to clean painted baseboards?

pammyfayOctober 18, 2013

They are painted light blue.
Around the house, they've just picked up the usual dust and dog hair, especially the ones near the windows.

I have a bottle of rubbing alcohol and vinegar for windows -- would that pull up the paint finish?

Or should I just damp-clean with a wet microfiber cleaning cloth?

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dbfirewife

I use Dawn dishwashing liquid with hot water in a bucket and use a old hand towel or wash cloth. It works really well. I had some collected dust up a corner or two and got out the Shark hand steamer and blasted it out with that. I also used the Shark steamer on the bathroom cabinets to get dust out of corners and crevices.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:25PM
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Fun2BHere

I vacuum mine.with the dusting brush attachment. I also keep a paint brush handy to get into corners and niches.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 2:15PM
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terri_pacnw

Even just a damp rag or micro fiber cloth..

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 2:27PM
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FlamingO in AR

I would use Mr. clean. Mix up a small bucket full of that and then have another bucket of warm clear water for rinsing and just use a sponge or washcloth and work your way around the room. Rinse the dirty one in the clear water so you don't contaminate the Mr. clean.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 3:21PM
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cherryfizz

What a timely post. I was looking at mine last week and thinking my baseboards and trim need a good cleaning. I was going to try the shark steam cleaner attachment because I can't bend over to wash them because of my vertigo and if I get down on the floor I can't get back up because of my bad knee. have an attachment that has a long fuzzy cover that might help clean them. I sure miss the days when I could wash the floors on my hands and knees

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 3:31PM
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lisa_fla

Murphy Soap diluted in a bucket of warm water and a rag, no need to rinse.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 4:43PM
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JoAnn_Fla

Try the "magic eraser", that might be the easiest on the paint.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 4:58PM
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kayjones

I agree with Lisa - Murphy Oil Soap, warm water, a micro fiber cloth and a small bucket of cool water for rinsing.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 6:48PM
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socks

I just use a damp rag. Are all the cleaning products necessary? I never even thought of using anything but water.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 9:59AM
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kayjones

Socks, the oil soap conditions the wood, which, over time, dries out.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 10:26AM
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FlamingO in AR

But the baseboards are painted- how does the soap condition through the paint?

This post was edited by FlamingO_in_AR on Sat, Oct 19, 13 at 11:54

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 10:54AM
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grandmamary_ga

Spic and Span is what I used to use when I could get down and clean them. I guess they need it now as I look at them. lol
The vacuum will do for now.
Mary

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 10:55AM
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kayjones

Per Colgate's website:

"Murphy's Oil Soap was made especially for sealed wood but is a fantastic, natural, hardworking, safe cleaner that you can use around your house to clean any surface except glass.

Please do not use on unfinished or unsealed wood."

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 11:25AM
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chisue

Any mild cleaner dissolved in water. If you use Murphy Oil Soap, use just a teeny bit or you'll leave a slightly sticky film. I have a 'lifetime supply' of Armstrong Floor Cleaner (overbought) that I use on floors and woodwork -- no sticky residue and no rinsing.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 12:21PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Wood flooring manufacturers will not recommend Murphy's. It leaves a gummy film of soap....there are no conditioners or emollients in the soap.

I use plain water for baseboards...I honestly never notice a need for a cleaner. Maybe a bit of vinegar if there's something sticky.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 3:19PM
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jannie

Just a damp sponge.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:04AM
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