Mobile home remodeling can take a great deal of time, hard work, and money. The finished results are definitely worth the effort but what happens when you are short on cash? We went without a floor covering for a few months after we ripped up the old carpet. It had to go though.

We didn’t paint our subfloor but this clever homeowner did and she shared her process with us.

How to Remove the Old Carpet in a Mobile Home

The first step is to rip out the old carpet. You can follow these simple steps to remove the carpeting and the padding:

  • Begin at a corner. If one corner is loose, that’s the best place to start. If the corners are all secured tightly, take a small knife or other sharp object and cut the piece large enough to grab.
  • Rip away. While it isn’t necessarily easy work, it can be fun if you keep in mind you are getting rid of an unsightly mess. While ripping the carpet out, work from end to end, rolling the rug as you go.
  • After the carpet is rolled and removed from the room, take up the padding in the same way.
  • Next, remove all the tack strips from the edges. This is a lengthy and mundane process but there is no skipping it. Placing a large screwdriver under the wood and pushing up seems to work best.
  • Once the strips are all removed, you must remove any and all small nails. Again, this is a monotonous task, but an important one.

The last step is sweeping up the dirt and dust remaining. Don’t panic if feel you or someone else is nasty when you find a great deal of sandy dirt. This is normal.

New Flooring Options for your Mobile Home

From this point, you have a few options:

1. Have new carpet installed by a professional or do it yourself if you are capable.
2. Have linoleum or ceramic tile laid.
3. Install laminate flooring.
4. Install and finish hardwood.

Related: 4 Popular Questions about Mobile Home Subfloors

How to Paint Your Mobile Home Subfloor

But what can you do if you have chosen mobile home remodeling, ripped out carpets, and have no extra cash to install new covering? Don’t panic. All is not hopeless. While it may not be the most fashionable option, painting the subflooring is an option, and often a great one. You can use your creativity here. Pick a color that matches the décor, draw and paint designs, or do anything your heart pleases. Have some fun with it. Get adventurous!

Here are the steps on how to paint your mobile home subfloor and give it a unique look:

  • Sand the subflooring. Make sure there are no splinters sticking up and the floor is relatively smooth.
Paint Your Mobile Home Subfloor
  • Using a broom, sweep up all debris.
  • For stubborn spots or ground in dirt, use water and a good cleaner. Before painting the floor needs to be as clean as possible.
  • Begin painting. If you chose to do a design, draw it out before beginning. If your floor will be one color, dive right in. The best way to paint subflooring is with a roller sponge. Make sure all spots are filled in.
  • If needed, after the paint dries apply a second coat.
  • Once the floor is completely dry, apply a good polyurethane. You can choose from a variety of finishes from shiny to dull. This protects the floor from liquids and makes it easier to keep clean.
  • Allow the polyurethane to dry completely.
  • Stand back and admire your work!
Paint Your Mobile Home Subfloor

Most of all, while doing mobile home remodeling, remember to have fun, be creative, and don’t stress out.

As always, thank you for reading Mobile Home Living!

All images and text by T.M. Todorovich, updated by Crystal Adkins.