How to Remove a Skirting Board

Though the idea of removing a skirting board seems relatively simple, it’s essential to do it properly to ensure the plasterwork behind remains undamaged. We’ve put together this handy guide on how to remove a skirting board to take you through the process, making sure you get the job done properly!

What you’ll need to remove your skirting board:

  • Stanley knife
  • Hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Block of wood


Prepare the area

The first step in removing a skirting board is to make sure all cables or attachments connected to the skirting board are removed, as you’ll be using force and sharp tools to take the board off the wall, which can cause electrical damage if wires and cables are not removed beforehand.

Break the sealant

Next, take a Stanley knife and run it along the edges of the skirting board to break the sealant holding the board in place. This step is important as it helps to prevent damage to the plastering of the wall. It also makes removing the skirting board a lot easier!

If you’re removing architrave, it’s a good idea to run your knife down the inside edge of the sealant.

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Remove the skirting board

To remove your skirting board, find the weakest spot (this is usually a corner) and place the flat part of the crowbar against the wall by the weak point. Then grab the hammer to knock the crowbar underneath the skirting board so that it starts to lift off the wall, allowing space for the crow bar to fit between the gap.

Once the crowbar is underneath the skirting board, place the block of wood behind the crowbar to help spread the pressure, preventing damage to the plaster.

You’ll then need to repeat the process for each part of the skirting board. Be careful of trying to pull the board off in one place, because this will likely cause it to snap or damage the wall beneath.


Get rid of any nails or screws

When you’ve removed your skirting board, make sure you remove any nails or screws left in the wall. Ideally, these should be unscrewed with a screwdriver, but you could also pull them out using pliers or the claw end of the crowbar.

If the nails prove difficult to remove, it might be easier to knock them into the wall. If you do this, make sure they don’t stick out, as this will affect the fitting of your new skirting boards.


Once you’ve removed your skirting boards, you’re all set to fit your new ones! If you’re not sure how to fit a skirting board, check out our expert guide.