Skirting boards are unique panels fitted on the lower panel of your interior wall. Skirting boards serve different purposes, including decorative, making the lower part of the walls look complete and protecting it from any damage. Whether you want to protect your walls from scratches caused by mops, accidental blowing-fitting skirting boards serve this purpose perfectly. They are also used to hide exposed wiring and uneven wall borders. However, if you want your skirting boards to work, ensure they are properly installed.
There should not be any gaps around it. Ensure your skirting boards are fixed in one place. These baseboards serve the aesthetic purpose and keep the walls secured. Installing a new skirting board is an affordable way to enhance the look and feel of your rooms. Sometimes, you may notice some gaps between the top of the baseboards and the wall.
Caulking will help to fix this issue and ensure that your skirting boards are well secured on the wall. In addition, caulking ensures that your skirting boards are not moving around and have a smooth and complete finish.
There are different circumstances where caulking can be applied to fill the gap. However, skirting board caulking differs from filling the gaps on your tile or concrete floor. If you aren’t sure, seek professional help from an experienced professional. Otherwise, you can DIY using the right tools and ensure you don’t damage the skirting board material. Follow the below steps. They include;
Cleaning and Preparation
Have the following tools;
- Dump sponge
- Caulking gun
- A tune of decorator caulk
Before applying the caulk, prepare the wall. Remove and dust using a hand brush. Clean using a damp cloth and wipe off any dust you may have left. Then hoover using a vacuum to remove all the dust completely.
Prepare The Caulk
Using decorators’ caulk is easy. First, put the tune of decorative caulk inside your caulk gun. Then cut the tip of the caulk using a sharp knife and open the screw on the nozzle. Then open the tip of your nozzle. Ensure it’s a small cut such that only a small bead of caulk will come out.
Add Your Caulk
Place the nozzle tip at the end of your baseboard and gently squeeze. The caulk will come out. Repeat this process, moving along the skirting board length but gently squeezing up to the other end. Ensure you don’t miss any section; if you do, go back and add the caulk.
If it is your first time caulking, start with a small area. Ensure to have a cloth; use it to wipe off the caulk if you do it wrongly. Alternatively, use masking tape. Put tape on the upper area of the baseboards and along the wall. This creates a small channel where you will apply the caulk. This way, you get a clean and smooth edge.
Smoothen And Finish Up
The last step to skirting board caulking is to smoothen and ensure you have a neat finish. The best way is to use a damp kitchen cloth. Run the damp cloth along the baseboards to remove excess caulk and smooth out.
Let it dry for some hours. Sometimes the caulk can sink along the skirting board. In this case, add more. Also, ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.