Cleaning Painted Surfaces

May 6, 2010

Small night stand painted redI rent a house that has white paint on just about everything (baseboards, kitchen cabinets, window sills, etc.). It is a white gloss (acrylic maybe). What is the best way to clean the caked on dust and food stains? It looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years. Thanks for any suggestions.


By Sheree from Bartlesville, OK


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I would use really hot soapy water and maybe some bleach. Or maybe something like 409. After that if they still don't look clean it wouldn't be that expensive to buy some white gloss type paint and repaint them. If nothing else it wouldn't hurt to ask the landlord if you did the work, would he furnish the paint. We used to do that.

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Our home has white baseboards which need to be cleaned often. I have RA and can't get down to clean them.

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A very easy online search for "how to clean baseboards" produced many good replies. You can try a search yourself and this always helpful site. You might consider hiring a teen or cleaner for this job:


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