Sanding skirting boards: How to get your preparation spot on

White MDF skirting board laid on fake wooden floor
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Sanding skirting boards is the first step towards giving them a professional finish to fit in perfectly with your brand new decor — it doesn't matter if they are old or new, it is still a task worth doing before painting. 

Of course, if you don’t do your preparation properly the finish won’t look as smart and it will be more susceptible to knocks and chips.

When working with skirting boards, sanding those rough edges is essential in getting the best finish. You’ll need to choose and right grit sandpaper, the right technique and the right tools, all revealed in this in-depth guide.  

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.