How to uninstall skirting board

Tuesday, 20 February 2018  |  Admin

Looking to remove or replace your skirting board and don't know where to start?

This article is discussing removing & replacing skirting board. Focusing on limiting damage to the wall, skirting and doing it with ease. Removing skirting board and architrave can be tricky when trying to reduce damage, this blog post will guide you step-by-step.


Removing skirting boards

Before removing your skirting, consider if you're removing to replace or if you're removing them and putting the same pieces back at a later date. This can save valuable time, especially if you're replacing them, as you can be a bit more brutal with taking them off.

Tools you may need:

Hammer - Crow Bar or large tooling suitable - firm board (to protect the wall)

  • Clear your working area. Remove any cables, attachments or furniture, leveraging skirting board can take up a large area as you may need to put a lot of force horizontally on the boards.
  • Find out which way they were installed, if they were installed with screws remove any filler (which makes the screws easier to remove). If they're installed with glue, leverage them off slowly working a few inches in at a time. If they were installed using filler, caulk or glue you can 'score' or scrape extra away from the wall, this will ensure a smoother removal.
  • Leverage a crowbar (or suitable tool) behind any small gaps you have in the skirting. Place a hard piece of timber behind the crowbar to reduce any damage to the wall. Leverage the skirting away from the wall at small angles, creating a large enough gap to place timber between the wall and skirting to create a 'placeholder'.

Top tips:

To limit damage to the plasterboard or walls, try levering against a piece of plywood or MDF so you are not pressing directly onto the plasterboard when leveraging the skirting.