My name is Paul, and I invented Stop Creak after having trouble with persistent creak floors at home.
About three years ago we had our house renovated and we chose our floors very carefully and decided to install underfloor heating at the same time. Three months after the work was completed we began to notice the occasional floor creak which got worse, and worse… and worse.
A year later my daughter, Sienna, was born and our floors were now so creaky that we were unable to put Sienna down and leave her room without waking her.
Each time we tried to leave her room it was like a scene from Mission Impossible, stepping on the areas of floor that were least likely to creak and but with each passing day the floors got worse. We were getting less sleep, Sienna wasn't sleeping and we were exhausted and miserable so I spoke to several flooring professionals to get an opinion on how to fix the problem.
I was given lots of advice, from pulling the floor up and glueing the planks together (which is the worst thing you can do to a click system floor) to others advising me that the only way to solve the issue was to replace the entire floor! Ouch.
All of these solutions would cost thousands and involve removing the skirting boards which would have meant that the walls would then need to be painted once everything was put back. In a word, it was a nightmare!
The total cost of replacing out floors would be £6,500 for the floor and another £1,800 for the redecoration. Worse still, this didn't really fix the problem and as no one could tell us why the floors creaked in the first place.
I decided to look for a solution on YouTube and discovered that Talcum powder,WD-40 and even graphite powder were recommended. I watched the videos and followed the instructions carefully. The Talc worked well initially but after about four weeks the floors started to creak again. After some research I discovered that Talc is moisture absorbent so humidity in the air soon renders Talc useless.
Next, I tried WD-40 together with a squeegee. Now, the thing about WD-40 is that although it is a product I love and use it regularly to service my car, it is also extremely flammable. WD-40 is not a lubricant but a "Water Displacement" product (hence the "WD"). By using WD-40 I was concerned that my floor would be soaked in a combustible liquid and this was not something I wanted in my daughters room.
I tested it in one of our spare bedrooms and it did indeed stop the creaks....for about ten days but a week later the creaks returned and the room smelled like a mechanic's garage. This is not the fault of WD-40 but rather a simple case of using the wrong tool for the job. WD-40 is a highly flammable water displacement product (hence the "WD") so using it on a tightly fitting wood floor was probably a bad idea.
Finally I tried Graphite Powder, using a hammer to agitate the floor boards while brushing the powder into the grooves. I ended up denting the floor with the hammer and the black staining from the carbon in the tiny indentations in the wood looked terrible!
I began by researching the world of frictionless minerals and chemicals to try and find a solution. The first stage of this process was understanding why my floors creaked in the first place. In a nutshell, floors are constantly expanding and contracting and when you walk on them they move. If something creaks or squeaks it means it's creating friction. To pull up the floor and glue it together did not seem to me to be the best approach. Instead, I wanted to find a way of letting my floor do what it wanted to do. Move freely.
Stop Creak was formulated over many, many meetings with chemical engineers and experts in lubrication across three continents. A chance meeting with an engineer fled us to discover the secret ingredient that British luxury car makers use to make their dashboards and interiors silent and creaky free. We sourced these ingredients and developed them further to make a bespoke water-based solution that would safely penetrate, lubricate and protect click system floors.
The version of Stop Creak we sell today was used to treat our entire house and two years on the house is still wonderfully creak-free 3 years later.
Once our problem at home was solved I realised that there were probably plenty of other people who, like me, had hit a wall when it came to finding a solution to their creaky floors.
We now sell Stop Creak all over the world and our products are used by some of the largest building contractors in Europe to diagnose and fix problem creaky floors in residential and commercial settings.
We hope you enjoy the peace and quiet that Stop Creak can bring to your floors.
Live long and creak free >.<