How to Fix a Squeaky Floor

Keep it quiet with these troubleshooting tips.
Aged Hardwood Floor

Aged Hardwood Floor

Squeaky wood floors are a common problem, and it's usually an inexpensive do-it-yourself repair. Here are some tips for silencing the squeak:

  • Sprinkle baby powder, baking soda or powdered graphite over the squeaky floorboard and work it into the seams. This will lubricate the wood and should keep the floorboards from rubbing together and squeaking.
  • If that doesn't stop the noise, locate the squeaky floorboard from below and look for movement as someone walks on the floor above. If there's a gap between the joist and the subfloor, add pieces of wood shim until it feels snug.
  • To fix bulging or loose boards, tighten the boards with screws inserted from below. Use wood screws whose length will penetrate the subfloor but stop ¼-inch below the surface of the finished floor.
  • For large areas that squeak on the first floor, use steel bridging to keep the joists and the subfloor from shifting. If your noisy problem is on an upper level and your subfloor is sealed off, you may have to call in a pro.

Next Up

How to Install a Hardwood Floor

DIY experts give step-by-step instructions on how to install hardwood floors in any room.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Learn how to care for hardwood floors by using these natural cleaners and following these simple tips.

Install Laminate Flooring

Learn how to install durable and inexpensive laminate flooring — it's a snap.

Install Tongue-and-Groove Wood-Veneer Flooring

No need for staples or glue with this "floating" floor. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

How to Remove Burn Marks on a Hardwood Floor

Rub 'em out with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Install Plywood Floor Tiles

Plywood is an inexpensive flooring alternative. Use a single type of wood for a standard look or use particle board for a more patterned look.

Paint Hardwood Floors With a Pattern

Breathe new life into old hardwood floors with a fresh coat of paint in an eye-catching pattern.

How to Install Hardwood Flooring in a Kitchen

Installing hardwood flooring in a kitchen is a great option because it lasts a long time. The experts show how to install fold and lock hardwood flooring material.

How to Install Bamboo Flooring

Eco-friendly bamboo flooring gives a bedroom warmth and sophistication. Lean how to install bamboo flooring and find more ways to add character to rooms from Rip & Renew.

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

It takes some elbow grease to refinish hardwood floors, but it's worth it. Hardwood floors add value to your home and provide a classic look that goes with any style.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

Home Town

6am | 5c

Home Town

7am | 6c

Home Town

8am | 7c

Home Town

9am | 8c

Home Town

10am | 9c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Rock the Block

8pm | 7c

Rock the Block

10:32pm | 9:32c

House Hunters

11:32pm | 10:32c

Rock the Block

12am | 11c

Rock the Block

1:31am | 12:31c

House Hunters

2:31am | 1:31c

Rock the Block

2:59am | 1:59c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Related Pages