How To Lubricate a Floorboard Joint

Have you ever experienced stepping on a wooden floor and hearing an annoying squeaking sound? This is probably caused by a loose floorboard, or it may be because the floorboard joint needs to be lubricated. A floorboard joint is the spot where two panels of wooden flooring meet, and when inadequately lubed, this area could cause annoying squeaky sounds when stepped on. So what should you do when you encounter this problem? The solutions are actually very easy to do, and you’d just need materials that are usually available around the house. Here are some things to do if you want to lubricate your floorboard joint and stop the squeaks:

  1. Sprinkle talcum powder, baby powder or French chalk down in between the two wooden panels. You could also use cornstarch instead of powder: get a cotton swab, swirl it through a container of cornstarch, and then run it through the floorboard joint. This will not only minimize the noise, but it will also prevent moisture build-up and better prevent the squeaking noise.
  2. To maintain the good condition of your floorboard joints, make sure that you manage your home’s indoor moisture levels. By keeping the humidity in your home at bay, you would minimize the need to lubricate your floorboard joints.
  3. Do know that sprinkling powder or cornstarch down the floorboard joint will minimize the squeaking noises, but it will not prevent the movement of the floorboards. It’s still best to take the extra step of securing the floorboard so you won’t just lubricate it, you will also stabilize it. 
  4. To secure the floorboard joint, just drive a nail through the moving floorboard to its neighboring floorboard panel. Your goal here is to attach the floorboards to one another. For this, you’d have to drive the nail at an angle so that it touches one floorboard panel and goes through to the other one. Make sure that you use a drill for this purpose, to make the hole where the nail will go through. This is because wood boards are highly prone to splitting, and driving a nail with a hammer will only subject the wood to the possibility of being split in two. You could also consider using screws instead of nails.
  5. Do know that wood is prone to drying out and shrinking due to fluctuating temperature. That’s why, as mentioned in step 2, it’s really best that you take care to maintain proper and constant indoor temperature to preserve the condition of your wooden floor.
  6. Have your floors inspected periodically by a professional. This will help ensure that you won’t encounter problems that might be too costly when left to worsen. Also, a professional would be able to tell you if your boards need to be replaced already due to rotting, or if there are any wires or pipes that could be damaged in case you hammer down some floorboard panels yourself.

There you have it! These are just some of the solutions for a squeaky floorboard  joint that needs lubricating. You could do these for less than 5 minutes of your time, although taking more time to inspect the overall condition of your floor will surely be worth the effort. Good luck!


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