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Skirting boards

Essential tools and preparation advice

  • Skirting boards are the last thing to paint in a room. The biggest problem with painting skirting boards is dirt and fluff off the floor or carpet sticking to the paintbrush. Always vacuum the floor before you start painting.
  • Protect the floor with a piece of card fitted between the skirting board and the floor. Move it along as you progress around the room. Alternatively use a low tack masking tape.

Painting advice

  • A good tip when painting skirting around a fitted carpet is to only have a small amount of paint on the brush, start painting further up the skirting, slowly working down to the carpet edge.
  • You can use a wide wallpaper striping knife to gently pull the carpet back from the skirting and then paint the area behind with the almost dry brush. That way, when you remove the stripping knife the carpet will go back and you will have a nice clean line of paint with none on the carpet.