Remedy A Squeaky Hardwood Floor - January 8th 2015


Remedy A Squeaky Hardwood Floor

 

 

Q: We have older, natural wood floors in our home. Last winter when the weather was cold, we experienced a lot of squawking and creaking when we walked around the house. Is there something we can do to prevent this?

 

 

A: When natural wood floors are exposed to high moisture periods and very dry periods, it causes the wood fibres to expand and contract. The expansion and contraction of the hardwood flooring will cause seams to open and close, causing creaking at the tongue-and-groove joints.

 

A simple remedy is to apply paste wax across the floor seams, compressing the wax between the strips allowing the wood fibres to be lubricated and silent.

 

Please note: This remedy applies only to old-style hardwood floors. If the floors are older than 40 years, it would be advisable to re-sand and finish with a urethane floor finish.