Creak no more!

Do you find your floorboards creaking and squeaking? Or maybe you scuffed up the floor when shuffling around some furniture? A hardwood floor is certainly beautiful, but only if kept in tip-top shape! Thankfully, it’s simple to repair a floorboard, from scratches to creaks! Here are the simple steps to take, as well as the materials you’ll need to have your floor looking good and sounding silent.

Fixing Scratches

Materials:

  • Floor cleaner
  • Soft cloths for cleaning
  • Steel wool
  • Fine-grade sandpaper
  • Mineral spirits
  • A putty knife
  • Wood filler or putty that matches your floor 
  • Varnish

Light scratches may be treated with steel wool. Deeper ones will require the sandpaper.

Steps:

1. First, clean the floor with your favorite multisurface cleaner.

2. Now take your steel wool or sand paper–see the note above to know which you’ll need–and rub it over the scratch. Be sure to rub with the grain, and only rub over the scratch.

3. Take the mineral spirits, and smooth them over the area to clean.

4. Now, press wood filler over the area with a putty knife. Let it sit to dry.

5. Once the area is dry, use the fine-grade sandpaper to level the filler with the wood.

6. Now clean away the dust, then varnish the area to match the floor.

Fixing Creaks

Materials:

  • Talcum powder
  • A knife
  • Pliers
  • A wide-bladed chisel
  • 2 1/4-inch screws
  • A power drill
  • A screwdriver
  • Floorboard nails

Steps:

1. Find the problem areas by pressing on the floor for any squeaks and creaks. 

2. Sprinkle some talcum powder along the cracks, and work them in with a knife. In some cases, this is all you’ll need to do to fix a creak!

3. Still creaking? It’s time to screw down or nail the floorboards. First, take out old nails with your pliers. A chisel will help you raise the boards a little in order to pull the nails. 

4. Now you can screw in your 2 1/4-inch screws. Make sure they’re in tight!

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