Removing Old RV Flooring
Before you can lay down your beautiful new flooring, you’ll have to get the old stuff up first! Though it can be time consuming, just keep your end goal in mind! It’ll all be worth it in the end!
What you’ll need:
- Flat head screwdriver, crowbar, or chisel
- Dust mask
- Put your dust mask on to prevent the inhalation of dust and other harmful substances, and also close and cover any vents to prevent dust from entering the air system!
- Remove any base boards, making sure to remove any nails. If you’d like to reuse the baseboards, use a flat head screw driver to carefully pry them off the walls.
- For vinyl flooring, start around the outer edge of the floor. Find a piece that is slightly loose and use your prying tool to remove it. Determine how the flooring was attached. Most vinyl flooring is attached with an adhesive that you will just have to pry up, but it may be fastened with nails or staples. If this is the case, be sure to completely remove all nails or staples as you pull up the flooring. Be sure to remove any adhesive residue that may remain on the floor. If it is difficult to remove, spray a mixture of soap and water to soften the adhesive, and let it sit for a few minutes. If it still doesn’t come up, use a heat gun or hair dryer to further soften it.
- If removing tile flooring, use a hammer to break a tile, then use your prying tool to remove all pieces of the tile. From there, pry up adjacent tiles, which should easily pop up!
- Although not very common, if your RV has laminate flooring that you’re removing, start along the edge of the flooring, and wedge your prying tool (crowbar works best in this instance) between the wall and a board, and apply pressure to leverage the board up till it unsnaps from adjacent boards. Continue to disconnect boards across the room until all the flooring is removed.
- Remove any underlayment if it is in bad shape, and remove any screws that may be underneath.
What You’ll Need:
- Carpet knife
- Dust mask
- Put on your dust mask and cover the air vents.
- Use pliers to pull up the carpeting in each corner.
- Cut carpeting into strips using a carpet knife, about four feet apart. This makes it easier to roll up and remove!
- Roll up each strip and remove from the RV
- Remove any padding below, also cutting into strips for easier removal.
- Using pliers, pull up any staples that may still be in the floor.
- Use a crowbar to pry up tack strips, if any.
After you’ve removed the existing flooring, you’ll need to check for wet or damp spots in the flooring. If you find wet spots, mold, or mildew, you’ll have to replace that section of floor to ensure that rotting or damage doesn’t happen! Replace damaged flooring with sturdy plywood, leaving a trace amount of space between boards to account for expansion, and replace any floor insulation if needed!
Determining How Much Tile You’ll Need
Before You Lay Flooring
Laying Peel And Stick Wood Flooring
- Starting on your adjusted plus sign, remove the backing to reveal the sticky side and lay your first tile squarely over this intersection.
- Use the lines that stem from this to evenly lay your first row of tile.
- Work your way across the entirety of the room, filling all spaces that you can with full tiles.
- As you go, you’ll want to smooth over the tiles with a rolling pin or floor roller to make sure they are securely adhered.
- Avoid kneeling directly on newly laid tiles to avoid knee dents in your new floor! Place a piece of plywood on the floor to evenly distribute weight!
- After all the full-sized tiles are laid, measure and cut tiles to fit the smaller spaces around the perimeter of the room, including around the walls. If there is an irregular shape you need to fill, make a template out of cardboard first.
- Check the manufacturer’s directions to see how long you should wait before walking on the floor, as it will need some time to set for a clean and durable finish.
Depending on how much of your RV you’ll want to refinish, this can actually be quite the inexpensive job, especially if your floor boards are still in perfect shape and don’t need to be replaced! Peel and stick wood floor tiles are generally made out of vinyl, which is super affordable! Individual tiles can run anywhere from $.40 to $3 or more, depending on the quality, brand, and design! This is such a fun opportunity for you to be able to choose the design in your RV, so shop around for the best price and perfect design for your tastes! Using peel and stick wood flooring is an RV renovation you won’t want to pass up! Just a little hard work, a bit of money, and some time well spent will give you the RV floor you’ve been dreaming of! What do you think of this wood floor idea? Leave us a comment with tips and tricks, and be sure to share your renovation before and after photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!