Wooden steps creak (almost) always

A phenomenon that occurs almost exclusively in wooden stairs is the creaking of the stairs. Since wood is a living material, very old and well-seasoned wood is constantly moving between shrinkage and swelling. Different methods can help against the sounds, but they do not have to.

Circling the cause spatially

If a staircase makes creaking or squeaky noises over time, the principle of "trial and error" is the most sensible course of action. The noise can be completely eliminated in the rarest cases, however, can be achieved by individual insulation measures significant reductions in volume.

The causal points for the noise development in wooden staircase construction are where components meet. These can be adjacent steps and the points of contact between the steps and the stairwell. Neuralgic points are:

  • The cheek bags, in which the steps are inserted or recessed
  • The places where treads and risers can touch each other in the undercut
  • Only the risers that "scrub" on the sides of the stairs on the wall, the cheek or on treads
  • All supports such as spars or substructures made of other materials, on which the steps are attached

Flatly applied methods

There are a variety of recommendations and expert tips on how to eliminate the creaking "safely". The only sure thing is that only the attempt counts. As areal applied methods it is recommended:

  • Incorporation of lubricating soap solution on the suspected noise tester. Let it work for several hours, repeat several times and clean thoroughly
  • Apply transparent shoe polish and leave to work
  • Apply a wood-filling spread with linseed oil if the wood is not varnished or sealed

Damp points of contact

To minimize frictional noise at the points of contact such as cheek pouches and supports, the following procedure can be successful:

  • Talcum powder in the joints and cracks dusts
  • Felt tapes or hemp fibers, if possible, insert
  • Spray on liquid acrylic around the points of contact
  • Place rubber or felt mats between supports and steps

Attach stairs

If a staircase creaks, re-tightening existing screw connections can influence the noise development. The screwing of stairs can be done directly or with the help of bands or metal angles.

Tips & Tricks

If you get to the back of the steps, you can try inserting wooden wedges to lift the steps and prevent them from touching the risers.

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