The trim covering the bottom of your walls where they meet the floor seems to attract dirt and scuffs like a magnet. Becky Rapinchuk, who writes the blog Clean Mama
, knows how to make them gleam. First, she vacuums them using the brush attachment. Then, she scrubs them from top to bottom using a microfiber rag dipped in warm, soapy water and wrung almost dry. She follows up with a dry cloth to make sure she didn't leave any water on the wood. If your baseboards are white, Rapinchuk suggests keeping a jar of matching paint and a small paintbrush handy so you can touch up scrapes and dings as you are cleaning. One final tip: Run a dryer sheet along the clean, dried baseboards to repel future dirt.