How can I stop wooden hardwood floors from squeaking when I walk?

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The floors have shrunk with age and wakes people up if I am near a bedroom.
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  • Tracy Tracy on Feb 20, 2015
    I have original floors from 1959 on both levels of my home. The first floor I can get to some of the rooms for underneath and I have added some shims between the 2 x 10's and the floorboards if there was wiggle room. On the upper level if there are gaps between any of the boards I sprinkle talcum powder and try to get it between the boards. This will help with the squeaks. Otherwise you just call it character! And my kids can't sneak in at night! hahaha

  • The Rozy Home The Rozy Home on Feb 20, 2015
    Baking powder :-)

  • Katie Katie on Feb 20, 2015
    Baby powder.

  • Its1080909 Its1080909 on Feb 21, 2015
    I have brand new hardwoods and they squeak everywhere. What, sprinkle powder everywhere?

    • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on Feb 21, 2015
      I'd take it up with your installer. They should squeak if they were installed properly. Any warranty? If you did them yourself, then try the powder everywhere.

  • Gay1277049 Gay1277049 on Feb 21, 2015
    I read to sprinkle baby powder and sweep it into the little cracks between the boards. But, looks like when you vacuum it up, it would come out of the cracks. :(

  • Janet Manger Janet Manger on Feb 21, 2015
    Years ago Talcum powder was used and I do believe the powder would seep under the boards as well as in between them so vacuuming the floor would gather up what is between some but not what is under the boards. Talcum/baby powder would be a better try than baking powder as it is cheaper. Worth a try I think. . .:)

  • Syllee1 Syllee1 on Feb 21, 2015
    Powder not helping. Just makes a mess. Any other suggestions?

    • Cathy C Cathy C on Feb 22, 2015
      @Syllee1 Don't know how you did it but when you put the baby powder down and sweep it into the cracks, you need to give it time of walking on the floor to allow the powder to work in between the boards before you vaccuum it up. You also don't have to do the whole floor... just the squeeky areas, unless the whole floor does it.

  • John John on Feb 21, 2015
    If a sub flooring was used, perhaps the plywood under the boards are causing the squeeking noise as the worn wood passes the nails in the plywood as it is stepped on. The use of talcum powder puts a silicone coating between the boards and also the boards and nails. Short of tearing up the wooden flooring and using screws and or replacing the sub-flooring with cured plywood to prevent as much shrinking, keep using the powder. It will work it's way down, but it will be a very slow process. It is an annoyance, but isn't that the beauty of wooden floors? You know when the kids are sneaking in at night. Refrigerator raids are known, and when the TV is turned off and the guests or kids go to bed you'll know. Now if you lived in a really old house, you'd know when the wind blows also. When I have replaced my upstairs room carpeting, I take a box of wooden screws, and an electric drill, talcum powder and re fasten the plywood and coat the cracks between the boards. It works. Make sure the powder has talcum powder in it to give it a lubrication coating.

  • Rene S. Rene S. on Feb 22, 2015
    @Syllee1: Your hardware store has angle brackets exclusively for this purpose. The thing is that you need access to the underside of the floor. They are screwed to the floorboards and the joists, and solve the problem everywhere they can be used.

  • Jean Blakeley-Cook Jean Blakeley-Cook on Feb 22, 2015
    There is a specific type of nail to use for this. The head breaks off, lodging the nail in and drawing the flooring and underlayment together. Then cover small hole with wood putty and finish