Is the baseboard trim in your home broken or otherwise damaged? If so, you should consider replacing it with new trim. Baseboard trim serves several purposes, one of which is to prevent the intrusion of moisture into your home's floors. Without trim, spilled drinks or other liquids may run against the wall, at which point they'll seep into the floor below. Furthermore, baseboard trim provides a unique touch to your home's decor, enhancing the aesthetics to create a more stylish appearance.
Removing the Old Baseboard Trim
To get started, you'll need to first remove the old baseboard trim in your home. Using a utility knife, carefully cut the top of the trim to separate it from the adjacent wall. Once you've cut the top of trim, you should be able to pull it off using a pry bar. Go through all rooms or areas of your home in which you want to replace the trim. It's recommended that you wear a pair of heavy-duty gloves and safety goggles, however, to reduce the risk of injury.
Preparing for New Trim
After removing the old baseboard trim, you can prepare the area for the new trim. Some homeowners skip this step, believing they can simply install new trim in place the old trim. However, it won't stick well without proper preparation.
When preparing your home for new trim, rub the wall with a light-grit sandpaper to create an abrasive surface. Next, go back over this area with primer. You don't have to use a lot of primer, as single, thin layer should suffice.
Installing New Trim
You can now install the new baseboard trim. It's important to note that there are several ways to install baseboard trim, the two most common being nailing or gluing it to the wall. Gluing is arguably easier than nailing. You place a small amount of wood glue on the trim, after which you press it against the wall. Alternatively, you can nail the baseboard trim to your wall. Nailing is a bit more time consuming and laborious, but it creates a stronger hold.
Congratulations, you've just replaced your baseboard trim. Assuming you nailed the baseboard trim to your walls, however, you may want to go back over it with a small amount of paint to conceal the nails. If the baseboard trim is white, for instance, you can hide the nail heads by painting it white.