There’s just something about crown mouldings, baseboards, and trim. These architectural finished add a special touch and unique charm to the interior of your home - no matter the style! From a classic bungalow to a modern villa, crown mouldings can be used as the focal point in a room. Giving you all the more reason to keep such a prominent feature in tip top shape. With such intricate detailing situated in such hard to reach places, how do you keep crown mouldings from gathering too much dust? Here are our go-to guidelines for cleaning crown moldings, baseboards, and other kinds of interior trim around a home:
3 Tips for Cleaning Your Crown Moldings
Crown moldings come in all shapes and sizes. While everyone’s approach will be a bit different, here are three key things to keep in mind as you clean your moldings:
Don’t Forget That Dust And Those Cobwebs: If you’re feeling intimidated by the prospect of getting those high corners and ceilings, remember that you can get started with your feet planted on the floor! Use a long-handled duster or a vacuum with extendable attachments to do an initial sweep of your crown moldings. This will help capture or clear away a significant amount of dust and debris. If you’re on top of your crown moulding maintenance, this may be the only step you need to do! Just remember to check the walls and floors to wipe up any fallen cobwebs or debris.
Get Rid of Stubborn Dirt and Spots: A gentle, homemade solution can be used to polish your moldings. Some popular mixes include water and vinegar or water and Castile Soap. Gently wipe down your moldings with a clean microfiber cloth, rag, or sponge that has been dipped in the solution and voila! Bye bye, stubborn dirt and spots. Remember to also bear in mind your moulding’s individual composition. For example, you may prefer to switch to a wood cleanser for some wooden moldings, or avoid certain cleaning agents (like alcohol or ammonia) on delicate painted surfaces.
As Always, Safety First: If you have to use a ladder or stepladder to brush off or wipe down your moldings, remember to be safe! Have a spotter on hand in case you lose your balance; take your time, and avoid sudden movements.