Sep 30 , 2019
Remove the Base Shoe
If a room has quarter-round molding (aka “base shoe”) at the bottom of baseboards, pry it off and reinstall it later. Here's why: Edge sanding slightly lowers the floor and leaves the baseboard standing on a little plateau. You think you won't notice this, but you will. Edge sanding also scuffs up base shoe, which means touch-up work later. Removing the base shoe sidesteps both problems. Label the base shoe as you remove it to avoid confusion when you reinstall it. Exception: If the base shoe is bonded to the baseboard by decades of paint buildup, leave it in place. If you have newer baseboards and no quarter-round, leave it in place, but expect a lot of touching up.