Our method of silencing squeaky floors was described on this blog last fall. While this non-intrusive, clean and hassle-free method effectively solves the problem of squeaky floors, we should keep in mind that this problem could be prevented or its effects minimized.
In addition to your home’s air quality, wooden floors don’t enjoy direct exposure to sunlight, as this can cause discoloration. We recommend using blinds or heavy drapes to cover your windows. This will protect the finish of your floor as well as help protect it from drying out further. This is especially important when leaving your home for long periods of time.
A natural question may arise: “If water is so bad for my floors, then how should I clean them?” This is a very important question, since a correct cleaning procedure is the key to healthy floors. Instead of sweeping, we suggest vacuuming the floors, allowing the dust to be pulled from between the hardwood boards. Use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment, not a carpet beater bar, as that can damage the finish. It is also advised to vacuum the floors every week, as the fine grit will slowly wear through the floor’s finish if it is not taken care of in time. For washing your floors use products similar to a Swiffer along with a specially formulated hardwood cleaning solution rather than water.
Not everything can be under our strict control. Just like many other things, a floor can be damaged by normal wear, with time. While it is not in our hands to stop time, we can control the way we use and “abuse” our floors. Since levitation is not an option yet, we suggest refraining from walking in high heels and stilettos or outdoor shoes around the house. You can also protect high-traffic areas with rugs. Walking across the same area several times a day wears the floor down, so it’s no surprise that squeaks are usually found in those particular areas. Nice-looking throw rugs are the easiest way to protect those areas, but it is also important to make sure those rugs do not have a backing. Vinyl or rubber backing traps humidity, which damages the floor.
Our suggestions are not hard to follow, and while on their own they cannot eliminate squeaks, following them will help keep your floors in their best shape. Keep in mind that while the above suggestions are general to all wooden floors, more can be said about each particular case, depending on your floor’s material, as well as the internal structure of your floor. That, we must admit, would require our expert’s advice.
Silent Floor Solutions is a GTA-based business, in operation since 2009. The business was born out of personal experience of squeaky flooring, when a determined Mechanical Engineer became frustrated by a patch of annoying parquet floor that kept waking up his wife. His ingenuity led to the development of a proprietary process to silence squeaky floors, and that process has grown into this successful business.