In the beginning…
I have had a few customers ask me about the background to Stop Creak and so I thought it might be helpful to tell the story here.
About three years ago my partner Tracy and I had our house renovated including a new loft conversion. We chose our floors very carefully and decided to install underfloor heating at the same time. After three months 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. With each passing day, we were getting less sleep and so I spoke to a number of flooring fitters to get our floors fixed.
I was told that my floor had probably not been installed correctly (I know it was installed correctly as I was there when our builders installed it and I checked everything) and that the only way to fix it was to pull up the floor and either glue it or replace it. This work would require the skirting boards to be removed from the walls...which would mean they would have to be replaced and painted...together with all the walls. The total cost of replacing out floors would be £6,500 for the floor and another £1,800 to repaint everything.
I decided to look for a solution on YouTube. I soon discovered that both Talcum powder and WD-40 were recommended. I watched the videos and followed the instructions. The Talc created a mess but worked well initially, but after about four weeks the floors started to creak again.
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 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 Sienna's room.
I tested it in one of our spare bedrooms and it did indeed stop the creaks....for about ten days. This is not the fault of WD-40 but rather a simple case of using the wrong tool for the job.
I began to look for an alternative solution and could nothing. We did not have £8,000 to spend on a new floor and decor and frankly, why should we have to replace a floor that was barely a year old!?
I began to deep dive into the world of 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 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 conversations with Chemists and experts in lubrication across three continents. The final version of Stop Creak we sell today was used to treat our entire house and two years later it is still wonderfully creak-free.
Stop Creak is not a cheap product to make but it does work fantastically well on click system floors. It's not guaranteed to work on all floors because Stop Creak needs to get to the area of friction to work its magic. For some people, the creaking is caused by the subfloor and in those cases, Stop Creak needs to be applied to the underside of the planks...and that involves pulling up the floor.
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.
I had 1ten spare silver cans left and decided to try and sell them on eBay. Stop Creak was the first name I thought of, the original product