Have you ever tried to sneak to the refrigerator in the middle of the night and your squeaky hardwood floors give you away? Annoying squeaks are an unwanted feature that come along with hardwood floors. Usually, hardwood floor squeaks start after years of wear and tear causing board separation. Board separation is usually caused from frequent temperature changes. A quick and easy way to fix your squeaky floor boards is to insert powdered graphite between the boards.
Here are a few simple steps to help you repair your floors and reduce squeaks:
Step One - Locate your squeaky wood floor.
Step Two – Circle the areas with white chalk. Do not use adhesive tape! Tape can cause damage to your hardwood floor finish.
Step Three - Pour powdered graphite into the cracks where the floor boards are separated. Press the powder down with a clean putty knife. Repeat the process until the graphite is level with the floorboards.
Step Four - Clean excess graphite and chalk from your floor with a clean rag.
Step Five - Repeat the process until your floors are squeak free!
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Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com