Vinyl baseboards, more commonly known as cove base or wall base, protect the base of the wall from wear and accidental damage. Installing vinyl baseboards is an attractive method of hiding gaps and imperfections along the floor line. Vinyl baseboards come in a wide variety of colors to blend with your walls or to contrast with them. Vinyl baseboards are durable and easy to maintain, making them a popular choice with homeowners.
Remove all existing base molding from the perimeter of the room.
Clean the wall's base with a grease-fighting detergent and a scrub brush. Rinse the surface thoroughly and dry it with a rag.
Repair any holes and cracks around the base of the wall, using joint compound and a flexible putty knife. Allow the joint compound to dry, and sand it smooth with fine-grit sandpaper.
Peel back 12 inches of the self-adhesive protective covering. Place the vinyl baseboard on the base of the wall, beginning in a corner. Keep the vinyl baseboard level with the floor as you stick the vinyl to the wall.
Press the vinyl onto the wall. Rub your hand back and forth over the vinyl to adhere the baseboard firmly to the wall. Remove another 12-inch section of the protective covering and press the vinyl baseboard onto the wall. Continue removing the protective covering, pressing the baseboard to the wall and rubbing it firmly until you reach the corner of the room.
Force the vinyl deeply into the corner with a metal scraper or straightedge.
Leave the straightedge in place and cut the vinyl baseboard with a utility knife. Use the straightedge as a guideline to ensure a straight cut. Continue along successive walls, using the same technique as you did with the first wall, until vinyl baseboard covers the base of the wall around the entire room.