Can a rug help to stop a squeaky floor? This is a question that many homeowners ask, and the answer is yes, in some cases. If there is an area of your floor where the wood has begun to separate, a rug can help to cover up the noise. However, it’s important to choose the right type of rug and make sure that it is properly secured to the floor. Otherwise, you may just end up with more noise than before!
In this article, we’ll discuss what causes a noisy floor and how you can fix the problem with an in-home repair. We’ll also examine whether or not you should use a rug to absorb excess noise.
A squeaky floor is usually caused by loose nails or screws that hold the wood slats together. Over time, they may begin to move around and cause a gap between each slat. This gap will allow air to come through, which creates a loud creaking sound when people walk on it. Other common causes for a squeaky floor are warped wood panels and an uneven surface.
Signs of a Squeaky Floor
If you’re unsure as to whether or not you have a squeaky floor, there are several ways to tell. One way is by listening closely to your floors when different people walk across them. If there is an area where the sound seems much louder than usual, it could be that part of your flooring needs tightening or replacing. It’s also helpful to look at your subfloor during the day and at night. If you see any gaps between the wood panels, then your floors probably need repair work done immediately!
How Rug Affects Floor Noise?
A rug can help to stop a squeaky floor if it covers up the gap between each slat. However, make sure that you choose the right type of rug for the job. For example, a shaggy or large-piled rug will only cause the wood panels to move around unevenly. This will make your floors creek loudly, even more than before! It’s best to go with a flat-weave area rug that is made of natural fibers like cotton or wool.
You should also secure your area rugs so they don’t slip away from you while you walk across them. Try using double-sided carpet tape or non-slip pads under each corner of the rug so it doesn’t shift around when people are walking on it. If you have an old throw rug that has holes in the edges, then sewing nylon thread through them will create “legs” that will help to hold the rug in place.
When to Use a Rug?
If you have an area of your floor where the wood panels are beginning to separate, then using a small area rug over it can be helpful. However, make sure that your nails or screws are properly tightened first. If not, then it’s possible that the noise could get even worse! It’s also important to choose an area rug that is thin and made of natural fibers. This way, you won’t cause more problems with your squeaky floors by adding too much extra weight above them!
That said, if there is part of your subflooring that is warped or uneven, then using a rug may only stress out those particular areas. The best thing to do in this case is to have a professional come and fix the problem once and for all!
How can I fix squeaky hard wood floors?
There are two options to correct squeaky wood floors:
- use a power drill and screwdriver to tighten the flooring
- purchase and apply an oil (3-in-1 Household Oil) to the flooring joists
Option 2 is more convenient, but Option 1 is less messy and may be preferred by those who enjoy DIY projects. Note: The oil will darken the wood if overused. But this darkened look can be fixed by using varnish (see below).
However, this darker coloration of the flooring planks may not appeal to some homeowners, especially those whose living rooms or dining rooms have indirect lighting fixtures that shine on their hardwood floors. Therefore before deciding how much oil you should use, look at your flooring in a room that receives indirect lighting and decide how much darker you can live with.
Once the oil is applied to the joists, the excess should be wiped off using a rag. Once done, recommend waiting 24 hours so as not to leave an oily mess on your floors before walking on it or putting furniture back. If most of the oil has been absorbed by the wood but there remains some residual oil on the surface, then one way to remove it would be to apply a coat of varnish over the oiled planks after 24 hours. Apply additional coats of varnish as needed until desired sheen is achieved – just remember that more coats means less sheen/gloss – so if the planks are untreated, then a high-gloss varnish should be used.
It is easy to obtain 3-in-1 Household Oil outside of the U.S. so homeowners can purchase it at their local hardware stores or online for $5 to $10 per quart (look for “3 in 1” oil, not mineral oil). No matter where you obtain this household oil, just make sure that it is 100% pure and not mixed with another product like kerosene which would be less expensive but also less safe because vapor can ignite explosively if exposed to sparks or an open flame.
Also note that any fumes within the house will dissipate over time as the volatile organic compounds release into atmosphere. However, if you are sensitive to these fumes, then opening windows and/or running an air purifier can help speed up this process.
It is recommended that the oil be applied every 6 months. The frequency of application will depend upon how many people walk on or place heavy objects on your hardwood flooring planks.
So if your family size is greater than 4 then 6 months would be ideal if only walking across the planks while entering or exiting the house during inclement weather (i.e., snow, sleet, rain). Otherwise, applying oil every 3-4 months should suffice for families of less than 4 members. As a general rule of thumb, homeowners should treat their hardwood floors at least once per year whether they live in a snowy, wet region or sunny, dry region.
How should I repair squeaky floors under a carpet?
Squeaky floors that occur only under a carpet – not beneath bare flooring – can be fixed by removing the carpet and reapplying polyurethane glue to the sub flooring. In most cases, homeowners should remove any staples from their sub floor using a staple remover before re-applying the glue. If this is not done, then most likely your new layer of polyurethane glue will pull right off due to the fact that the staple was never removed! Note: Ensure that you are applying fresh polyurethane glue because it has an undesired effect if applied over existing dried up polyurethane glues. To ensure total adhesion, allow 24 hours for layers (old & new) of glue to dry before reapplying carpeting.