Caulking Skirting Boards: A Quick and Easy DIY Guide

Man caulking skirting boards with caulking gun
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Caulking skirting boards is the answer to getting rid of those annoying spaces that stop you getting a crisp clean painted line between your wall and skirting.

Adding a neat line of caulk will give you a smooth waterproof finish that will stop water, dust and dirt creeping behind your skirting boards. It will also provide the perfect platform when you are painting skirting boards to get the finish that you want. 

Follow our step-by-step guide to find out when to caulk, how to caulk and a few tips on how to get a smooth even finish.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.