While you may realize how important priming is for masking faults in the walls, caulking the baseboard is an often-overlooked but equally crucial component. Caulk fills in fractures in wood and drywall caused by poor cuts and irregular walls. This sealer closes the dust-collecting cracks, making baseboards simpler to clean, in addition to sealing voids and making the woodwork seem impeccable. The technique for caulking baseboards couldn’t be much easier after you get the feel of using a caulking gun. To begin caulking, follow these simple steps.
Buy Your Caulk
There are various varieties of caulk on the marketplace, but not all are ideal for baseboards. There are three types of caulk for baseboards: latex, pure silicon, and latex with silicone, which is often referred to as the perfect blend.
Discount stores are commonly stocked with low-cost caulk from unknown companies. It’s advisable to avoid it because its quality can’t be guaranteed. A quality manufacturer’s caulk should last at least 25 years. While 40 years and above isn’t unusual, some pure silicone items come with a lifetime warranty.
Prep Before Starting
Any caulk debris or fragments might jeopardize the seal. Start by removing as much leftover caulk if there are any on the surfaces. Clean the area with a vacuum to remove any remaining dust, then wipe it off with liquid caulk remover. You can also use bleach or vinegar. Then, allow it to dry fully.
Next, apply painter’s tape to the region above and below the line you wish to caulk to prevent the mess later on. This will help create a nice straight, smooth bead and avoid caulking the wall or the baseboard by mistake.
Load, Apply, and Smooth Out
Thumb the plunger at the back of the gun to release it. Return the plunger to its original position and insert a caulk tube into the gun with the tube’s nozzle end entering first. Release your thumb after the caulk is securely in place.
Snip the caulk tip to match the size of the area to be caulked. Always cut somewhat smaller than you anticipate and adjust accordingly. Insert a nail into the caulk tube’s opening to puncture any foil seal, allowing the caulk to start flowing. To fill the tip, squeeze the trigger a few times to release the caulk.
Angle your gun at 45 degrees to begin. Squeeze the trigger gently and evenly to maintain the caulk output at a constant speed. The trigger will naturally return to its original position after it has been fully depressed. Release pressure at the end of the seam you’ve created to stop the caulk from flowing.
Level the lumps in the caulk once you’ve completed the section you’re working on for a more polished look. To make a uniformed line, use your finger dipped in a little water and run it through the bead. Undo the painter’s tape and let it cure for the final phase.
While caulking is a necessary step in achieving a complete look, it isn’t usually the most enjoyable. It’s a lot of work, and the outcomes aren’t always predictable. When it comes to caulking baseboards while squatting or kneeling, the margin for mistakes is significantly wider. However, by following the simple methods shown above, you will be caulking perfect baseboards in no time.