Wood is known to expand when the environment becomes moist, typically during the rainy season. When the hotter seasons come, expect wood to shrink due to the dry climate. It is physics and you really can’t do anything about it. That said if you have wood floors, expect that your floors will expand and shrink in relation to the season. Hence, you may hear a number of boards squeak and creak as you step on it. Again, this is due to the constant shrinking and expanding of the wood. This being the case, you will have to constantly employ temporary solutions to remedy these annoying sounds especially if you plan to consistently sneak in and out of the house without the knowledge of your parents or nagging wife. Here is a fantastic remedy that does not require any woodworking knowledge or the need to hire a contractor to work on your floor with the objective of silencing it.
- Find the squeaks. Before anything else, you will first need to find the areas where the squeaks are originating. Technically, the squeaks are cause by a wood board rubbing against another wood board at the seams or edges. As mentioned previously, this continuous shrinking and expanding has made the edges and seams between the wood boards to become tighter than usual causing friction. This friction will produce the high pitched squeak. Obviously, the sound will only pervade the ears should you apply weight on the specific area or board. Hence, to determine where the sound is coming from, you will need to walk around your floor. Take note the specific boards that produce the sound when stepped on. This is where you will be applying the remedy.
- Apply talcum powder. You probably have this lying around in the house so finding one should not be a problem. What you will want to do is to apply a heavy layer on the wood boards that are causing the squeaks. Sprinkle it onto the seams of each board. Don’t be stingy here as you will need as much as you can and you will need to get the powder to seep into the seams.
- Work it into the seams. After applying the powder on the specified board, whip out your broom and start sweeping. Instead of sweeping the powder off of the floor, you will want to work it into the seams by sweeping it back and forth. This will work the powder into the seams. After a few strokes, test the area out by applying weight on it. If the squeaks are gone, then you have done it properly. If not, keep sweeping until the powder goes through the edges.
Remember that applying talcum powder is a temporary solution. To ensure
that your floors don’t come back squeaking in the future, you will have
to control the humidity in your home. This will reduce the constant
shrinking and expanding cycle that the wood will often undergo. You can
control the humidity by way of a dehumidifier when the season is moist
and a humidifier when the hot season comes.