How To Clean Your Skirting Boards Properly

Like any other piece of furniture, a skirting board requires basic maintenance to prevent it from looking worn out, old, or worst of all – dirty. Whether you’ve got or ones made from solid oak, they will all need to be cleaned regularly to ensure they continue to look great and stay in good condition.

Our guide has a few simple steps to follow for the best way to dust and clean your skirting boards:

  1. Dust your skirting boards with a cloth first
  2. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner
  3. Wipe down surfaces with soap and water
  4. Tackle tough stains with an acidic solution like vinegar, bleach or polish
  5. Wash off with clean water to remove any excess solution


Dusting and vacuuming your skirting boards

Unfortunately, your skirting board will always be a dust magnet, but keeping on top of this is easy, especially if you make it a part of your regular cleaning routine.

Simply use the dusting brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to go over the boards thoroughly and get into the nooks and crannies. If you don’t have a dedicated attachment, you can use a soft brush with a bristled head instead.

Sometimes you might need a dusting cloth first:

  • If your skirting is prone to high levels of dust, wiping with a dusting cloth prior to vacuuming will improve the chances of removing all the dirt.


  • Some profiles will require more attention. For example, extra attention should be paid to the curves in the Ogee and Torus.


The quick and easy way to clean your skirting boards

After dusting, a basic soap and water solution will easily remove any light stains caused from spills, scuffs, a build-up of dirt or a lack of maintenance. Simply:

  • Soak a cleaning cloth in warm soapy water


  • Wring out the excess water from the cloth


  • Wipe down the surface, applying pressure


As soon as the stains and dirt have been removed, you need to clean off the soap. To do this, repeat steps 1-3 using a fresh cloth and clean, soap-free water.


How to remove difficult stains

If a soap wash fails to remove the stains, we recommend using a more acidic solution.
Soak a cleaning cloth in some vinegar and warm water and wipe down the skirting board with this solution. The mild acidity in the vinegar breaks down tough patches of dirt, making them easier to remove.

Following this, clean with the soap mixture to prevent the vinegar smell from overpowering your house, and then wipe down with clean water.

If you want to avoid the vinegar smell altogether, use bleach or polish instead, but make sure you read the manufacturer’s guidelines to prevent any harm to your skirting board.

For more advice on cleaning and maintaining skirting boards, or if you have any questions, please email us at or call us on 0800 048 0786.