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Corner Guards and Decorative Baseboard Protectors

Updated on October 17, 2010

Are You Tired of Vacuum or Pet Damage to Baseboard Corners?

Whether you have experienced damage to your baseboard corners, or you would simply like to protect them from further potential damage from a vacuum or from pets, corner guards may be the right solution for you. There are many types of damage that can occur to baseboard corners. If you have pets, they may scratch and claw at the baseboard corners. You may also observe damage from vacuuming, cleaning, or moving of furniture near the baseboards. In this article, you will learn how to install decorative baseboards that not only protect baseboard corners from damage, but also enhance the interior design of your home or business. Keep reading to learn more!

What Are Corner Guards?

Corner guards are used to protect the interior corners of a room against damage. They may also be referred to as corner protectors. While there are certain edge and corner protectors that help improve safety for your small child or baby, the corner guards mentioned in this article refer to protecting your baseboards and wall corners from cleaning or pet damage.

Example of Baseboard Corner Damage from Vacuum Scratches and Furniture Bumps
Example of Baseboard Corner Damage from Vacuum Scratches and Furniture Bumps

How Does Baseboard Damage Occur?

... And Why Is It a Problem?

Whenever you vacuum your home, office, or other room, the baseboard corners are at risk of being bumped and scraped. This can happen when using a vacuum extension tube to clean carpet, hardwood, or tile flooring around baseboard edges. It is especially likely when your baseboards are of a contrasting color with the vacuum extension tube. For instance, many vacuum extension tubes are black, which can cause marks on white or other light-colored baseboards when cleaning.

Baseboard Damage is an Ugly Problem

Over time, these marks can cause excessive wear and tear to the interior of your home, degrading its appearance and value. In an office environment, damaged baseboards can make a poor impression on clients or customers that take note of the appearance of your office of business interior. While you may paint over the baseboards, certain damage such as scrapes and nicks are difficult to cover up with paint. Trying to paint can also cause further damage if it stains the carpet or hardwood flooring. Therefore, the best way to protect the baseboard corners and cover up existing damage is with corner guard protectors. There are many different kinds of corner protectors, so it is important to choose the right type for your home or office.

Have You Observed Baseboard Corner Damage Before?

Have you noticed vacuum tubing, vacuuming, or other cleaning, causing marks on your baseboard? Do you have pets that like to claw at baseboard corners? Does your office or business suffer from poor

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Corner Guards Can Come in Different Shapes, Sizes, and Materials
Corner Guards Can Come in Different Shapes, Sizes, and Materials

How To Choose the Right Corner Guards

Consider Material and Safety

Material

First, the material is an important consideration depending on the type of activity within your home or business setting. Most places are prone to many different activities that cause damage. For example, in a business or office setting, chairs with wheels can bump against the corners, furniture can cause damage, and nightly or weekly cleanings can further tarnish the baseboards. As previously mentioned, in a home all of these same dangers exist, in addition to potential pet damage and other accidents related to food or high amounts of human activity.

Therefore, the best material for a protector is typically a strong metal, such as steel. Protecting your baseboard corners with a strong material can save hundreds of dollars in carpentry and other service costs down the road. It is best to choose stainless steel, because there are times when liquid such as water may spill on your baseboards, and stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as regular steel. In other words, investing in a little into installing corner guards now can save you lots of money and hassle of having to try to fix the damages later on, as well as protect the value of your interior home or business.

Safety (Paint Coating)

A second important consideration for corner guards is the whether paint coating is environmentally safe or not. Corner protector items may come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. While the size and shape are dependent on your exact corner or wall needs, the color or paint coating is an important consideration. Since these protectors will be installed in your home or office 24/7, it's a good idea to choose environmentally safe coating, such as powder coating, which is safest and cleanest for a living or working environment.

To learn more about the environmental safety of powder coating colors, read this lens:

Powder Coating Colors.

Decorative Corner Guards Can Add Style and Elegance To Your Home or Office Interior
Decorative Corner Guards Can Add Style and Elegance To Your Home or Office Interior

Where Can You Buy Decorative Corner Guards?

They're Hard to Find... But Try these online stores

Corner guards and protectors are a relatively niche product, especially decorative corner guards. It may be a challenge to find these items in local stores in your area. While there are a few online stores that carry corner guards, there is only one that carries decorative, stylish corner guards that also enhance the appearance of your home or office. Here is a list of some websites where you can find corner guards and baseboard protectors online:

  1. Corner-Pro.com - Small business in central California that specializes in many decorative, and stainless steel corner guards. All the corner guards sold by Corner-Pro are environmentally-safe and have a smooth powder coating finish. Their customer service is excellent and purchases are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.
  2. Amazon.com - Carries many edge and corner protectors to make your home baby-proof. Not many corner guards to protect baseboards against damage, but you may still want to search around here.

If you know of any other stores that carry corner guards, please leave a comment in the Guestbook section, and we will add it to this list.

How To Quickly and Easily Install Corner Guards, Step-By-Step Guide
How To Quickly and Easily Install Corner Guards, Step-By-Step Guide

Learn How to Install Corner Guards

It Takes Just a Few Minutes!

Once you have chosen the right type of corner guards for your home or office, go ahead and read our next Squidoo lens to see just how easy they are to install. Installation is so simple, almost anyone can do it! All you need is your corner guards, a few screws, a screwdriver, and just a few minutes of time! Click here for our next lens to get started with step-by-step picture instructions:

How to Install Corner Guards

Let us know what you think of this article. Once again, if you know of any good places to buy corner guards, please feel free to post and we will add it to the list. Also be sure to tell us if you would like articles on other stuff as well. Thanks!

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