I had carpet installed just under year ago but have started to notice it's squeaking in certain places and was wondering what could be the cause.

The original floor is tiled rather than wooden planks and the carpet was installed with underlay.

I've started noticing it in more and more places and it's getting to a point I need to consider taking it up with the installer if this is something caused my a bad installation.

  • What kind of squeaking? Is it shoes slightly slipping on the surface? Underlayment rubbing against the subfloor? Subfloor squeaking?
    – wallyk
    Nov 14, 2015 at 20:37
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    Another way to view @wallyk's question: is the sound coming from the immediate surface, or deeper in? You can tell partly by how muffled or non-muffled the sound is, as well as how wide the apparent sound source is. Nov 14, 2015 at 22:32
  • There's a spot in the bedroom that's particularly noisy and there I have to apply light pressure with the palm of my hand to hear a squeak which increases as I increase the pressure. If it's not the carpet, I suspect it could only be the underlay making the noise, given how lightly I'm pressing to hear the initial squeak
    – Al.
    Nov 15, 2015 at 1:00

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What may be happening is the padding under the carpet is not attached to the floor. Since the installer could not hammer staple the padding to the tile (ceramic?) floor it should have been glued with an adhesive made specifically for carpet padding. Glue is applied to the floor so that a continuous bead of glue will contact the edging of the pad. Also, a less likely cause maybe the carpet itself is loose. To check, at the center of the room that is producing the noise, pinch the carpet nap and pull upwards. The amount of carpet that is pulled away from the floor should be minute. If not it will need to be re-stretched and the tackles checked.


I know this question was asked ages back so I thought I'd update and put the mystery to rest.

The installers came around and lifted the carpet. For some reason the underlay was making the squeaking noise. They cut a small section away, around 1 inch squared and the noise went away! They're not 100% sure why it was making the noise, possibly a manufacturing fault.

Thankfully the problem was not particularly serious

  • Can you be more specific? Where did they cut the section? Why did they think this would help? We are having this same problem (squeaky carpet) and have no idea where to start. Aug 19, 2017 at 15:38

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