How to Clean Your Walls and Baseboards Using Green Cleaning Methods

By Ebony Porter, May 8, 2017, Careers/Jobs, Green, Home Improvement

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices,  favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

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We continue cleaning our homes in this installment by taking a closer look at surfaces in our homes and apartments that most likely don’t get tended to during our ritual weekly cleans. We are talking about baseboards and walls, those surfaces that hold our rooms together, and need proper tending to at least once a year.

Feet kick baseboards on accident, spilled drinks leave their mark across walls, and in the kitchen especially, walls can get accidentally splashed with liquid from a blender, mixing a cake batter, or a shredded carrot gone haywire.

While we clean messes as we go, we quite often don’t get down on our hands and knees and scrub to the level of sparkle we should.

Check out these tips on how to make your walls and baseboards as clean and glowing as new. It’s ideal to do this bi-yearly chore in the spring or fall, when you can open a window to let the breeze flow through the house and dry your walls and baseboards faster. You’ll also want to set aside a good half day for this project, as you are covering a lot of area!

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Removing Artwork

Start by removing all artwork from the walls so you have an open and clear surface to work with. If you don’t, then you end up with dusty squares behind all those hanging paintings.

Dust Surfaces

Take a clean towel the size of a hand towel and wrap it around the head of a broom. You can secure it with a thick rubber band or tie with kitchen string. Go around your walls from the ceiling to the floor and dust the walls. You might notice at this stage that your fans need cleaning too. Hop safely onto a ladder and use a clean cotton rag to wipe dust off.

Also move your duster along the base of your floor boards. You may need to get onto your hands and knees to get the dust off the ledge of your baseboards with a separate rag. If you have kids, have them help you with this portion of the job!

Clean Your Walls

Start with a brand new sponge. You don’t want to use a used sponge, as residue left over from old cleaning projects can leave their mark on your walls, especially if they’re textured. Fill a bucket with warm water and a teaspoon of gentle dish soap. You can also use just white vinegar and water. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

Squeeze out the excess water from the sponge and start wiping the walls from top all the way down to the bottom. Be methodical so that you cover every square inch. Put on a podcast or your favorite music so you don’t go too stir crazy in the process!

If you notice your water is getting too cloudy and dirty then refill the bucket. If you have white walls, you don’t want to be cleaning with dirty water.

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Cleaning Baseboards

Baseboards may have some areas where residue from spilled drinks has lingered behind. Being that marks are down low on the ground, we often don’t catch them and over time they get harder to dislodge. 

Get down on your hands and knees and wipe baseboards with your sponge. But also have on hand a two-sided dish sponge that has a rough surface. The tough dirt might need a bit of extra elbow grease to remove, so use that rough side of the sponge to get it off. You can also use a bit of baking soda and a few drops of water to make a paste that will give a gritty solution to aid in cleaning your surface.

Retouching with Paint

Using zero VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, retouch areas of your walls and baseboards that need it. Baseboards will typically use a paint that has a satin finish, so be sure and pay attention to the paint that your walls and baseboards require.

If you’re like me and tend to move your artwork and photos around often, pretending that you live in a miniature art museum, then you may need to use a bit of spackle and sand paper to fill in holes from the nails or hangers you’ve used.

A retouch of paint here and there can really make the surface of your rooms look brand new, and bring a fresh uplifting vibe to your space.

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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