Our baseboards take a beating, day in and day out! Between the vacuum-kicked corners, and the dust covered tips, I think it’s safe to say that our baseboards have probably seen better days! Instead of immediately planning a huge remodel project, what if I told you that there was a better way? Keep reading to beautify your baseboards!
Why would you bother replacing your baseboards if it’s really just a build up of dirt and grime that’s likely causing the dinginess? Before you begin picking out new time, give your baseboards a solid wipe down.
Start off the task by bringing out the vacuum to suck up any dirt around the edges of them. A simple once-over with the vacuum attachment will make your job miles easier! Once vacuumed, get on your hands and knees and scrub with vinegar or dish soap. You can use a sponge or whatever else you would like!
Hooray! You’ve cleaned your baseboards! But, since you spent so much time up close and personal with them, you may have noticed a crack in the caulking. Cracked caulking can make baseboards (and a home in general) look miles older than it truly is.
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Use your caulking scraper to remove bits and pieces of the old caulk. Vacuum up. Next, Cover the baseboards in a coating of painters tape to protect it from any potential junk or splatter. After the area has been taped, cut your caulking gun at an angle so it easily fits in between the cracks. Once dry, remove the tape and sand the area down thorougly.
You cleaned, you caulked, now what? If you still aren’t falling in love with your baseboards, you could always try brightening things up with a bit of paint.
Clean the baseboards before painting, and tape off the area from the wall, carpet, and anything else you would like to keep splatter-free. Keep a steady hand, and paint your baseboards completely. Let dry before applying a second coat, if desired.
This tutorial from The Spruce is a little more in depth, and was super helpful!