You may notice that a lot of the commercial establishments use baseboards made of vinyl. Yes, this baseboard type has become quite popular. If you are wondering why this is, then you should know that it all boils down to practicality. Vinyl baseboards are durable and pretty easy to clean. This means that it is low maintenance even if the baseboards are often abused. In addition, should the vinyl baseboard somehow breaks apart or gets ruined; the owner of the establishment knows that he will not spend a lot on getting new ones. Furthermore, the owner of the establishment will not require hiring a contractor to install it since the process is quite simple that almost anyone can accomplish easily. On that note, here are some steps in installing your vinyl baseboards.
- Some general cleaning is necessary. Whether this is the first installation of the vinyl baseboard or this is a replacement of an old one, you will definitely want to start the process by thoroughly cleaning the wall’s base, the particular area where the baseboard will be installed. Since the baseboard works with adhesive rather than the traditional nailed in types, it is critical that when laying on the baseboard that no particles, dirt, residue, or any type of liquid or solid matter is on the wall’s base surface. Anything left on will hinder the vinyl baseboard from adhering to the base surface.
- Prepare the vinyl baseboard. If you are thinking that the baseboard is a solid board, then you are sorely mistaken. Vinyl baseboards are made of vinyl which is a type of leatherette. To prep it for installation, all you have to do is unroll it. Line the unrolled vinyl with the base of the wall. At this point, the side with the adhesive should be facing up. Before proceeding with the installation, remove the paper covering the adhesive side.
- Install the baseboard. With the paper covering removed, the adhesive side of the baseboard will now be exposed. To install it, simply start on one end of the vinyl baseboard and plaster it onto the base of the wall. The adhesive on the baseboard should be enough to set it in place however, if you feel that the adhesive is not potent enough, you can add construction glue to help the vinyl adhere to the wall more efficiently. As you plaster the baseboard on each section, make sure to flatten that area before proceeding with the next. If need be, cut the baseboard at the corners in order for it to fit perfectly. You can use a utility knife for the cuts but make sure that each cut you make is straight and precise.
As you complete the baseboard installation, know that you will have to do one final thing, which will be removing the paper covering on the exposed side of the baseboard. Yes, there is a covering that keeps the vinyl pure and clean prior to installation. Pull it off at one end and keep pulling until you completely remove the covering. Do this only when you have given the baseboard a couple of hours to set on the surface.