How To Clean Skirting Boards

Posted by Skirting World on 22nd Aug 2018

How To Clean Skirting Boards

As you can imagine, in the house everything gets dirty eventually. Anything you buy needs to be kept in good condition for it to not fall apart or more commonly, gather dirt or dust.

You might think cleaning skirting boards should be simple. After all, most skirting boards don’t have massive or detailed profiles to worry about.

However, most people neglect their skirting boards. Overtime these simple pieces get so dirty, it gets to the point where they may have to be completely replaced altogether. This blog will help with preventing this from happening.

In terms of what you’ll need to clean skirting board you’ll need:

  • A microfibre cloth
  • A normal cloth
  • A clean sponge which isn’t damaged or rough
  • A cleaning solution such as bleach or polish
  • A vacuum cleaner

To get into this guide, lets start with the easiest way to clean skirting boards:

The Easiest Way To Clean Skirting Boards

If you are looking to clean your skirting boards quickly, the fastest way to do so is:

Get some warm soapy water and a cloth.

Dunk the cloth into the water and squeeze out the excess water.

Once this is achieved, apply pressure and rub the skirting board until the area is clean.

After, repeat the process and make sure once you clean all the skirting again, so the soap does not set.

You can then either let the skirting boards dry off or use a paper towel to speed up the drying process.

Cleaning Skirting Boards Using A Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners are great tools for cleaning floors and hard to reach places throughout the house. They even get into gaps most people cannot reach. Thankfully you can use these devices on your skirting boards.

To get the most out of the vacuum, first dust off the skirting boards manually by brushing them with a cloth or a dust brush.

Afterwards, vacuum the skirting board to help clean out all the dust possibly missed by the cloth. Also make sure to vacuum the nooks and crooks which can be easy to miss and hard to clean.

Cleaning The Tough Stains

Most skirting boards should be easy to clean and shouldn’t require much more than either a quick wipe or a bit of soap to keep the skirting looking good. So, what if you encounter dirt which simply won’t be cleaned by conventual means?

You will have what’s called a stain on your skirting board. For this you’ll have to either use something with acids such as vinegar or as we will be using, bleach.

Before you use bleach, make sure you check the manufactures recommendations as you do not want to damage the skirting board and ruin its looks.

If all is well, wear gloves and proceed to dunk the cloth into soapy water, mixed in with the bleach. This solution will eat away at the dirt as you clean, thus making it possible to completely remove all the dirt from a heavily stained skirting board.

Make sure to dry off the skirting afterwards so that the bleach doesn’t set on your skirting boards.


As you can see from the steps, cleaning a skirting board isn’t always easy to do. It can take a bit of work to do and depending on the stain, you can risk damaging the skirting boards if great care is not taken.

Otherwise keeping your skirting boards in good condition will ensure that the home will still look as good as you intended it to be in the first place.

Plus, treating your skirting boards to a good clean will make it last longer and more importantly, save you time and money in the long run.