In The Beginning…
Three years ago we had our house renovated and we chose our floors very carefully and invested in some premium laminate flooring from a well-known brand. 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 the 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 gluing 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!
All the solutions offered 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 no one could tell us why our floors started creaking 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") and it is designed to be used outdoors and to release rusted parts.
Soaking my daughters' bedroom floor in a highly combustible liquid that smelt of gasoline seemed reckless and irresponsible. Over the years I have tested WD-40 on some other floors and the bottom line is that it does not stop floor squeaking and creaking for very long. Like any other oily spray, it will lubricate for as long as it is wet, but when it dries out the friction returns.
This is not the fault of WD-40 but rather a simple case of using the wrong tool for the job. WD-40 is not recommended for use indoors and not recommended for wood.
As a last attempt, I tried Graphite Powder, using a hammer to agitate the floorboards 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 and testing with chemical engineers and experts in lubrication across three continents. The first version was an aerosol and while it was not flammable, the propellant was (as with all aerosols) so I kept working on developing something more effective, more eco-friendly and less chemical.
During my discovery and research for a better solution, I had a chance meeting with an engineer who worked for one of Britain's most prestigious luxury car manufacturers. It turns out that there is a special liquid product used by the engineers to assemble walnut dashboards and ensure the interiors silent and creaky free.
The engineer was kind enough to share a sample of this formula and from there, our engineers developed it further to make it more suitable for click system floors.
Today we sell the 3rd generation of Stop Creak which is water-based, odourless and water-based. We are constantly looking for ways to make our product even more effective and we have managed to do this diligent appraisal of customer feedback both good and bad.
Stop Creak is designed to adhere to wood and then provide frictionless contact between each wood plank. Making a product that both sticks and is supper slippery is extremely challenging and is why Stop Creak is the easiest way to silence creaky click system floors today.
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.
If you do buy our products I hope you enjoy the peace and quiet that Stop Creak can bring to your floors.
Live long and creak free >.<