How Often Should You Clean Baseboards, Dust Mini Blinds & Vacuum Curtains?

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How Often Should You Clean Baseboards, Dust Mini Blinds & Vacuum Curtains?
Dust you mini-blinds at least twice a month. (Barry Austin Photography/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Cleaning your mini blinds, baseboards and curtains are some of those chores that aren't often at the forefront of your mind. With piles of laundry, dirty dishes, messy floors and dusty furniture commanding so much attention, forgetting about those areas of your home that are much less noticeable is easy. While you don't need to clean these areas as often, you should do so on a regular basis.

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Cleaning Baseboards

According to the Readers Digest Version website's "Ultimate Housecleaning Calendar," you should clean your baseboards once a month. This chore is not too time consuming if you simply vacuum them with a brush attachment. A quick sweep along the baseboard, especially the top edge where dust settles, is all that is needed. For scuff marks or spills, dust the baseboards first with a vacuum, then wipe them with a rag dipped in warm water. Use an erasing sponge for stubborn scuffs.

Dusting Miniblinds

When dusting your mini blinds, the Creative Homemaker website recommends a quick dusting weekly or twice a month. While this may seem frequent for one of those less noticeable areas, the point of cleaning them more often is to keep the mini-blinds from getting overly dirty and turning into a big cleaning chore. If they're not too dirty, give them a quick going-over with the vacuum and brush attachment, or quickly sweep a large electrostatic duster over the entire surface of the blinds.

Vacuuming Curtains

The "Mrs. Clean" online column recommends that you give your curtains a quick vacuuming or dusting weekly. Remove everyday dust with your vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment, paying special attention to the tops, where the most dust settles. If your curtains touch the floor, they may be mopping up floor dust or pet hair, so give the bottoms of your curtains special attention as well. Do not spray dusting cleaners on your curtains as the oils will stain them. Launder or dry clean your curtains only when they have spills or stains as frequent washing can ruin your curtains. Additionally, taking them down and putting them back up is a big chore.

Other Considerations

The specified frequencies for cleaning baseboards, mini-blinds and curtains are simply recommendations. Depending upon your family, lifestyle and home's location, you may find that you need to clean more or less often. For example, if you have indoor pets that shed or family members with allergies, you should clean more often. If you have children and lots of in-and-out traffic or live in a dry, windy area, dust and dirt is likely to accumulate in your home more quickly. On the other hand, if you are an adult who lives alone in an apartment with mostly pavement just outside your door, you can probably get away with doing these chores less often.

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