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Cure Your Squeaky, Squeaking, Creaking Laminate Floor

 

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Simple fix for a noisy laminate floor where the boards creak or squeak when trodden on.

A noisy squeaky creaky laminate floor can be caused by two adjacent pieces of laminate rubbing against each other or the laminate rubbing against a nearby object such as the skirting or other type of obstruction.

It can also be due to a slight difference in the level of the floor in one particular spot and the floor distorts and strains the joints when trodden on. The movement in the joints may be miniscule but the resulting noise can be very loud.

 

SOLUTION

The laminate floor creaking or squeaking is simply caused by friction and can be eliminated by some form of lubrication and in this case WD40 Anti-Friction DRY PTFE Lubricant available here from Amazon.

It would not be advisable to squirt oil into the laminate joints, as this may damage the laminate, but this is a dry lubrication that does the job perfectly, it is called PTFE (also known by brand name as Teflon).

In a spray form it can be applied to the joints in the floor, allowed to soak into the joint, dry out and leave a thin coat of PTFE on the joint. This coating will allow the joints to glide smoothly across each other eliminating any squeaking and creaking noises.

A tried and tested PTFE for this purpose is one sold as part of the WD-40 range. it does the job nicely and is fast drying. It can be obtained on Amazon at a reasonable price, see below.

IMPORTANT: Please note. Do not confuse this product with the well known standard WD40. The product described and used here is a DRY FILM lubricant and is specifically WD40 Anti-Friction DRY PTFE Lubricant - available here from Amazon. It is important that you get the correct type.

It would be advisable to test on a small area of your floor joints just to make sure that there are no ill effects or reactions with your particular flooring.

The best method is to apply some wide masking tape either side of a floor joint and spray a small amount of the PTFE along the joint, allowing it to soak into the joint for a minute before wiping away the excess.

Do not allow the lubricant to spread across the floor surface, just let it trickle through the joint and wipe up the excess.

Personal
I installed a laminate floor across the ground floor of my home in late 2015. I followed the manufacturers instructions to the letter and I still ended up with approximately nine areas that squeaked and creaked. It was most annoying as the areas that squeaked and creaked the most were in areas of high traffic. I applied the PTFE and it worked for ALL the squeaks and creaks.

I expected to have to repeat the application at sometime in the near future but that was years ago and the laminate flooring is still squeak free. I still have plenty left in the tin.

This solution is also great for tight or squeaky drawers, hinges etc. Tight drawers can be very annoying and a little of this spray down the runners can in most cases cure the problem.

 

WD-40 Specialist Dry PTFE Lubricant

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WARNING: DO NOT ALLOW the PTFE spray to spread across the floor surface and create a slip hazard.

NB: PTFE makes for a very slippery surface and any residues on the floor surface MUST ALWAYS be removed.

Read the Safey and Technical Details


 

 

 

 

 

 

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