We all have to learn how to walk quietly at some point. We wish we knew how to beforehand just in case we needed to do it. So, how do we walk quietly on creaky floors?
Walk tiptoe or toe-to-heel slowly step after step. Take your time and don’t rush it. Crouch and control the weight of each step. Stay close to the walls to avoid the usual noisy middle part on wooden floors. Hold onto the wall for extra support. Take off your shoes if possible, use only socks.
We all have to do it from time to time. Whether to sneak out of the house or to not disturb a sleeping person. No matter what our intentions are, we all must learn how to do it.
The most common trick in walking quietly on creaky floors is to wear no shoes at all. Wearing socks can help you lessen if not completely avoid making any extra creaky sounds. Shoes add extra weight to you making you heavier. And it can make the floors creak more than just wearing socks.
You also need to be aware of what shoes you have that often squeak or make loud noises. Try to observe if your favorite shoes make any sound while walking normally and quietly.
High-heels are loud for obvious reasons. Some rubber shoes might be squeaky in any type of flooring. If you must wear them, it is best to remove them first to walk as quietly as you possibly can. And then put it back on after.
What Kind Of Flooring Produces Creaky Sounds?
To learn to walk quietly on creaky floors, we need to determine what kinds of flooring produce creaky sounds. There are floor types that are completely noise-proof, while others produce minimal to medium noise levels. And then there are those kinds of floors that annoyingly make the loudest sound.
Carpets by nature are sound-proof even if you wear any type of shoes. You can walk quietly in any kind of carpet flooring with ease.
It is also great for absorbing impact. It is safest to drop something on the carpet because it rarely makes a sound.
Cork flooring is a sustainable material. Its soft texture absorbs impact and sound.
You will not have a hard time walking quietly on cork flooring. Several buildings use cork as acoustic insulation underlays as part of their construction.
Synthetic flooring like vinyl or laminate flooring makes constant noise. But reduces it if installed with sound-insulating underlay.
Walking quietly on high-quality sound-insulated vinyl floors is easy. But you might need to exert an extra effort on making slow and careful steps to be certain. Using some types of shoes like high heels or sneakers can make noise on vinyl.
Wood flooring may present the biggest challenge when walking without making any sound. According to buyerasks.com, there are 4 main reasons for creaking floors.
It could be a subfloor issue, or temperature & humidity Issues. Another possibility could be improper installation. or workmanship. Or simply setting and foundation movement.
Woods also creak when two floorboards rub against each other. Aside from creaking, wood is notorious for making loud noises with high heels or any type of shoes. Wearing only socks while walking can lessen the sound on wood floors.
How To Walk Quietly On Wooden Floors?
Hardwood floors are the hardest to work with. You can still hear some noise even if you put a carpet over it.
You may need to practice recognizing the exact spot where your own hardwood floors creak. The usual creaky spots on your floors are those that are most used. Try walking along the edges and see if it still creates loud sounds.
If it did not creak much, then you’ve found areas where you’re able to walk silently. You can tiptoe on areas where you know it does not creak. Tiptoeing incorrectly on creaky areas of the floor makes the creaky sound louder.
How To Effectively Tiptoe?
To effectively tiptoe quietly, you need to keep your weight on your rear leg, place your toes on the floor as you slowly increase applying pressure.
If you hear a slight noise, you can withdraw your foot and try a different spot instead. If you do not hear any sound then slowly keep shifting your weight onto your front foot.
You can also do the same with toe-to-heel walking. You need to be mindful of where (toe, heel, front, or rearfoot) and when to shift your weight.
Using heel-to-toe may be counterproductive. You are more likely to lose your balance if you use heels first. Make sure that you have your balance under control, no matter what you use.
Actively watch each step you make. Listen well to your surroundings and be extra sensitive to any noise your foot or your body might make.
Crouching or lowering your center of gravity will help you with balance and much more. It will help your body to be more stable and it slows down your movement naturally.
Bending your hips and legs allows you to be more in control of the tiny movements your legs and feet make. Hence, making your movements quieter.
The cleverest tip I come across with walking quietly on creaky floors is to blend in with surrounding noise or use audible distractions. It means to use other sounds or noise to walk your way out of the creaky floors quietly.
It does not apply to every situation though. You need to be a little bit creative if you want to use this technique. And you still need to not make any creaking sound when you walk on those hardwood floors.
Blending in with background noise like the TV, or a busy street noise can work to your advantage. Turning the radio or music on while you walk on creaky floors will at a certain level dull the sound of the creaky hardwood floors.
You still need to walk as quietly as you can. Having a second layer of audible noise (creaking floor sound) will definitely get the attention you are trying to avoid. Also, it might be the right time to fix your creaky hardwood floors for future comfort.