Real Wood Floors: Squeaky Floors Easy to Fix

    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- If you're a homeowner, chances are you have
encountered a squeaky wood floor at some point.  Those squeaks have nothing to
do with the long-term performance of your floor, but they can become annoying,
especially if they appear in a well-traveled area of your home, like at the
base of your stairs.  So how can you alleviate the problem without tearing up
your floors?
    There are a lot of "quick fixes" that have received attention to repair
squeaks.  One is to sprinkle talcum powder over the squeaky areas and then
sweep it in between the floorboards.  This may offer a short-term fix for the
squeak, but it is only a temporary solution.  The squeak eventually will
return.  Another quick fix recommends sprinkling powdered graphite lubricant
in the same way.  Again, this is not a long-term solution, and in fact, can
contaminate the floor in the event you want to refinish it at some point in
the future.
    Squeaks in wood floors usually are caused by a loose subfloor, not loose
floor boards.  A more permanent fix (that's also "quick") would be to
reinforce the subfloor by pulling it tight to the wood floor with screws from
under the floor -- like in a basement or crawl space.  If you don't have
access to the floor from underneath, you also can use face nails or screws
from above, but the nail holes will need to be filled and finished.
Reinforcing the subfloor is the only permanent solution to a squeaky wood
    If squeaks in your wood floor are beyond your tolerance, you can find a
wood flooring professional in your area who can fix them permanently by
visiting the NWFA's web site at, and selecting the
"Find a Professional or Product" link.
    The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-for-profit trade
organization of more than 4,100 wood flooring professionals working worldwide
to educate consumers, architects, designers, and builders in the uses and
benefits of wood flooring.  The NWFA can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield
Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005, or at 800-422-4556 (USA),
800-848-8824 (Canada), or 636-519-9663 (international).
    Contact:  Anita Howard
    Communications Director

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