How to fix squeaky stairs: 3 ways to stop your stair treads creaking

Close up of staris with white risers and wooden treads
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Knowing how to fix squeaky stairs can be a straight-forward DIY task. The culprit is usually general wear and tear with the components starting to rub against each other after a lot of footfall.

Where your stairs were once solid as a rock, movement eventually loosens glue and the shims that kept the stairs in place. To give your old stairs a new lease of squeak-free life there are a few simple techniques that can resolve the issue.

That said, to solve the problem properly and permanently you will need to access what might be causing the squeak and if your stairs are carpeted, this will probably involve taking up the carpet unless you can fix the creak from underneath (this will depend on the cause of the creak). So it's worth thinking ahead about how you plan to finish off the stairs afterwards, whether that be relaying the carpet, adding new carpet or removing it entirely and opting for paint.

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.