Walking around your home during the day, you don’t always notice all the creaks in the floorboards or the squeaky doors. When the house falls silent in the evening, though, that noisy door turns into an annoying disturbance for the whole family. If you’re looking for some DIY solutions to fix a bothersome door, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through how to fix a squeaky door with these effective methods.
That shrill sound that occurs when you open or close your door is the sound of the metal hinge rubbing against the hinge pin. The cause of your particular noisy door could be one of a couple of different issues. If your door is brand new and it’s squeaking, it simply doesn’t have enough lubrication to keep the metal from rubbing together.
If your door is an older one, however, the hinges are likely dirty. A layer of gunk accumulated over the years pushes the metal pieces together further, creating the annoying sound. In this case, simply adding lubricant won’t solve your problem.
The quickest and easiest way to address a loud, squeaking door is to lubricate the hinges. This puts a layer of oil between the metal pieces and stops them from scratching together noisily. The most effective product to use is WD-40, which works effectively at immediately stopping the noise, and it also lasts a long time on your hinges.
- Attach the straw applicator to the nozzle.
- Point the applicator at each hinge and spray the product directly onto it.
- Allow the product to sit for several minutes.
- Take a clean rag and wipe away excess lubricant from the hinges.
Maybe you don’t have WD-40 on hand, or maybe you want to avoid using a harsh chemical that could be toxic when the fumes are inhaled. The good news is there are many other household products that can be used to lubricate your door hinges. Many of them don’t last as long as WD-40, so they should be used as a temporary solution.
- Olive oil can be applied to the hinges with a cotton ball. Open and close the door a few times to allow the oil to work its way into the crevices.
- Petroleum jelly is among the messier methods, but it can also be applied using a cotton ball or Q-tip.
- Chapstick can be applied directly to the hinge leaves to stop squeaking. Push it in as far as you can and then open and close the door a few times to get the wax around the hinge pin.
- Non-glycerin bar soap can be rubbed directly on each hinge, but it takes a while to get enough soap in there to eliminate the squeaking. Be sure the soap doesn’t contain glycerin, as it can cause rust on metal.
- Candle wax is another messy option since the wax needs to be melted first. Also, you’ll have to pull out the hinge pins and apply the wax directly to them.
- Hairspray is a super fast and easy fix. Simply spray it directly on the hinges. However, this method lasts the shortest amount of time and will need to be repeated frequently.
On older doors, the best way to stop that squeak for good is to remove and clean the hinges. This is the most involved method and requires some tools and materials to complete.
What you’ll need
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Toothbrush or steel wool
- Clean, dry rag
- Lubricant of your choice
How to remove and clean door hinges
- Mix warm water and dish soap in a bowl.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the hinges to the door.
- Pull the hinge pins out of the hinges and place all parts into the soapy water.
- Allow them to soak for about half an hour.
- Use a toothbrush or steel wool to remove any residual dirt or grime stuck on the hinge and hinge pins. An electric toothbrush makes this job much easier.
- Rinse all hinge parts thoroughly and dry them with a clean, dry rag.
- Apply lubricant to all hinge parts and replace them on the door.
- Open and close the door a few times to move the lubricant around and see if the door still squeaks.
A squeaky door isn’t just annoying, it can also be a disturbance. Particularly if you have young children, one noisy door can mean lots of lost sleep. Keep your home peacefully quiet by addressing that squeaky door with one of the methods or products we’ve discussed today.
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