How To Clean Skirting Boards

Keep your skirting boards sparkling clean with these quick and easy tips to remove dust, dirt, and even those unsightly scuff marks.

It’s easy to overlook our skirting boards when we’re cleaning the house, but just like with our furniture and floors, dust accumulates on our skirting boards too.

It can feel like an overwhelming job – I mean there are usually a lot of skirting boards in a home – so I’m not surprised that I often get asked how to clean them.

The good news is they generally only need to be cleaned once every 3 months, and if you can stick to this, it shouldn’t be too hard or time consuming to clean them next time around.

1. Dust the skirting boards down – this can be done with a duster or use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.  I use the soft brush attachment on my handheld stickvac, which saves bending over.

2. Remove any dirt build up – you may find your skirting boards have some dirt build up that isn’t easily removed with a duster or vacuum. These areas are often around the fridge or washing machine. Give them a gentle wipe over with a damp sponge and all-purpose cleaner.  I like to use my homemade cleaning wipes.

  READ MORE: How to make homemade antibacterial cleaning wipes.

If you find scuff marks on skirting boards try using Gumption, Jiff or a magic eraser to remove these more stubborn marks.

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Michelle May 21, 2019 - 12:48 PM

I couldn’t figure out what a skirting board was until I saw the picture of you cleaning them. In the US we call them baseboards and yes they need to be cleaned.

One of the dirtiest places are the overhead space on doors and entry’s. I bought a tool to run across the tops that is washable and I couldn’t believe the dust oh them even though I thought I was dusting.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 23, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Oh how funny Michelle! I didn’t know that they were called Baseboards in the US. I guess they get just as dirty though, despite their name – LOL.

Fiona May 21, 2019 - 3:46 PM

I am an expert of ignoring all the cleaning and then it builds up and then I never know where to start.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 23, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Fiona I understand completely! I like to break my chores down into small manageable tasks – makes life so much easier. My advice would be to:

– Check out my declutter challenge which breaks tasks down into weekly challenges (
– Consider getting the calendar which assigns you a few easy cleaning jobs each month (currently on sale too! –
– Or lastly, sign up to my Daily To Do Tasks emails (

Hope this helps! Kat x

Angela May 22, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Hi Kat, Just wondering if you have any suggestions for the best microfiber cloths around in Australia. you may have done an article on it before, If so could you please point me in the right direction. Many Thanks for ALL your tips!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Hi Angela, I often buy these microfibre cloths – they do the trick: Kat x

Lisa May 30, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Hi Kat

Which stick vacuum do you recommend? I hate dragging out my heavy vacuum each morning just to get the dust and dog hair up from the timber floors that he has shaken off overnight (I have a German Shedder … loads of hair in the house!)

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 30, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Hey Lisa, I love my Hoover Vortex Pro Stickvac – it’s especially good with animal hair! You can see a review I did of it in this blog (including a video): – hope that helps! Kat x

Zuzana February 22, 2020 - 7:19 AM

Hi Katrina, I’ve just changed the floors in my flat and I will have to put new skirting boards there now. I’ve never had white skirting boards, only in the same color as the floor. Do the white skirting boards get dirty fast? I guess they must suffer from mopping the floor, as you move the mop around the boards, they might get dirty of it… or? I’m simply afraid white skirting boards will make me spend more time cleaning.
I appreciate your opinion and advice. Thank you so much.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Zuzana they don’t get dirty any quicker, but they probably do show the dirt more compared to darker skirting boards. I love the crisp clean white look though, so it’s well worth it for me. Hope this helps. Kat x


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