Because small squeaks can be caused by dirt between floor boards
or by dryness, dean the floor at least once a week and apply
lubricants to areas that tend to be extra dry or squeaky.
Oils: graphite, mineral oil, or floor oil. Use powdered or
liquid graphite sparingly: it can make a mess. Similarly, a few
drops of mineral oil will do the trick, but using too much can
stain the surface. Floor oil, applied generously into the
joints, soaks into the wood, making it expand. This results in a
snug tongue-and-groove fitting. That pesky squeak may just
disappear at this stage, at least temporarily.
Powders: graphite and talcum powder. To use talcum powder, dust
a generous amount of the powder wherever the floor makes noise.
Use a dry, clean cloth to work it into the tongue-and- groove
joints, especially near any visible nails.
Slightly dampen the cloth with water to wipe away excess powder.
2. Place the 2 x 4 at right angles to the squeaky
floorboards. Tap the 2 x 4 with a hammer to reseat any loose
boards or nails. Start at the perimeter of the squeaky section,
moving the 2 x 4 in a rectangular pattern until you get to the