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Step by Step Guide - How to Remove Skirting Board and Architrave

Published : 29/03/2017 10:47:19
Categories : Guides

Removing the skirting board and architrave can be a challenging task when redesigning your room. The difficulty lies in trying to keep the damage to the plaster at a minimum. Therefore, we’ve put together this blog to take you through the process step by step. Helping to give you the know how to get the job done properly.

Tools required to remove skirting

Caption: Tools required for removing skirting and architrave

Step 1 - Remove any cables or obstructions

Check for any cables or attachments to the skirting board. As you’ll be using sharp tools and force, it would be wise to remove cables first to make sure you don’t damage them or electrocute yourself.

Step 2 - Break sealant or caulking

Using a Stanley knife, you need to run this down the edges to break the sealant or caulking. This helps prevent breakages to the plaster and makes removing the skirting or architrave much easier.

Cutting skirting board sealant

When doing architrave it’s also a good idea to run down the inside of the sealant.

Cutting inside of architrave

Unless you’re really tall, you’ll probably require a step ladder to get to the top part of the architrave.

Step 3 - Remove skirting board or Architrave

This step requires the hammer, crowbar and a spare block of wood.

Look for the weakest point (usually a corner or ending) and put the flat part of the crowbar flush against the wall. Using the hammer knock the crowbar underneath the skirting board so it starts to rise and the crowbar fits underneath.

removing the architrave

Once you’ve got underneath the skirting or architrave, use a block of wood to put behind the crowbar. This helps you to spread the pressure to prevent damage to the plaster when using force to lift it.

removing skirting board

Repeat the process around the skirting board or architrave. If you try to lift it off in one spot it is likely to snap or damage the plaster.

Step 4 - Remove nails or screws

Once the skirting board or architrave has been removed, you will need to remove any nails or screws. If possible, screw them out or pull them out using pliers or using the claw of the crowbar.

Tip: If the nails are too difficult to remove, it might be worthwhile knocking them into the wall. Just make sure they don’t stick out and effect the fitting of the new skirting board.

removing skirting board or architrave nails

Repeat the process around the room, taking care not to damage the plaster.

Once done you’re ready to fit your brand-new skirting board and architrave!


If you need any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01922 451 689 or email us at

About the Author

Kieron Miller is the Managing Director of Skirting 4 U and has been working in the skirting board and online retail industry since 2012. Kieron has been using his extensive product knowledge and problem-solving experience to help both trade and private consumers all over the country find the perfect skirting board products for their projects. He continues to innovate new solutions and product ideas as the market continues to grow.

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