This Is How To Stop A Squeaky Door In Simple Steps

You may have done everything to soundproof your bedroom, until you hear that squeaky noise! Is there anything more obnoxious to the ears than a squeaky door? It’s one of those things that people constantly complain about but rarely do anything about it. This can be particularly the case when you are in a fast-paced environment, but when it is actually so simple to fix, why wouldn’t you?

Woman opening door into a living room

If your door is creaking, or making other strange noises, it is not as serious as having to fix a hole in it and you’ll probably be able to fix it yourself in literally a matter of seconds. So, to make things easy for you, we have done our homework and will show you how to mend a noisy door and all the finest lubricants you can use. 

What makes a door squeak?

If the pin in the hinge bends out of shape or the screws in the hinge are not tight enough, then you’ll hear that annoying sound. It’s as simple as checking the screws with a screwdriver to determine if they’ve come loose and tightening them properly to avoid the latter. Such a problem is often resolved by tightening the screws.

If it doesn’t, however, a drop of the correct kind of oil might help. Applying any form of oil or lubricant to the noisy hinges will reduce friction and should result in a softer sound, or it may even totally eradicate the squeak, regardless of what’s causing it.

What can you use to lubricate the door hinges?

There are a variety of oils and great lubricants to select from in the fight against squeaking, such as WD-40, lithium grease, olive oil, petroleum jelly, silicone spray, bar soap, paraffin candles, among others. 

While penetrating oils like WD-40, petroleum jelly, silicone spray and other general-purpose machine lubricants have a reputation for being the most effective cure to the problem, there are a number of competent alternatives that can be utilised with confidence. Even cooking oils will be enough in this situation.

Squeaking hinges do not necessitate a special quality oil. Lubricants should be sprayed, dropped, or massaged into the hinge with care. Simply apply a few drops on the hinge and slide the door back and forth several times to work the oil in. If the problem remains after applying enough oil, the pin may need to be removed and sprayed individually before being reinserted into the door. Of course, not all hinges will allow you to do this, and you’ll usually have to unscrew the door from them to remove the pin. 

There are a variety of DIY methods that you can use with common household items to know how to keep your door from making any noise. Before we proceed, you must use caution when removing and replacing the pin to avoid injuring yourself.

Hand adjusting door hinge using lubricating oil

Apply wax to the hinge pins

Step 1: Purchase Paraffin Wax

Purchase paraffin wax in its natural state or as a candle at a local craft store. If you choose to use paraffin wax in its raw form for hinges, be sure it’s white, doesn’t smell, and comes in a cube or slab. In the case of candles, search for products that prominently show the words “Paraffin Wax” on their labels.

It’s possible that some stores don’t have paraffin wax on their shelves. If you can’t find one, substitute beeswax for paraffin wax. Old paraffin candles, scented or unscented, are another option.

Step 2: Melt the wax and apply it to the surface

Heat the paraffin wax over an electric stove until it has totally melted. Gas stoves should not be used to melt wax since they are dangerous. If you use a gas burner, any vapour produced by the melted wax will tend to ignite it.

Instead of using a gas burner, use a microwave oven to melt the wax. Remember to set the timer for 1:30-2:00 minutes until it has completely melted. Gently remove the pins and then dip them into the warm wax when you take it out. Make sure the wax completely covers the pin. Hot wax, unlike oil, does not collect dust.

Step 3: Insert the pins back into the hinges

Allow the wax to cool before removing the pins to avoid any accidental drips. It only takes 5-10 minutes for the hot liquid to dry. Move the door after replacing the pins to hear whether it makes any noise. 

Hands screwing hinge on a door with screwdriver

If it does, make sure to wax the pins as well. A single coat of wax may not be sufficient in some cases. As a result, you’ll have to spray the pins several times before the rattling ceases. If the pins are covered in wax, don’t bother wiping them off.

Lubricate squeaky hinges with oils

Using lubricating oils such as WD-40 is one technique to tackle those loud hinges and prevent potential rusting. Bear in mind that it does not have to be WD-40. You can use any of the lubricants and oils we listed above. Learn how to use it to lessen the noise from your pins by following the steps below:

Step 1: Remove the hinge pins from the door 

Close the door and look for the missing pin. When you find it, use a hammer or nail gun and nail to tap the bolt’s base. Make sure the nail stays on the hinge before hammering it. If the pin gets loose, pull it out using the hammer’s claw.

The door separates from the frame after the pins are removed. Place the door against the wall to avoid any mishaps. If the door is too heavy for you to lift, ask a friend to help you out.

Step 2: Lubricate the pins that have been removed

Given that WD-40 can be found at any neighbourhood home improvement store, this oil is fantastic for lubrication and will last a long time on the surface. Spray WD-40 on the pins while wiping away any extra liquid that has dripped off.

Step 3: Replace the pin in the hinge

You’ll have to replace the pins at this point in order to fix noisy hinges. Wiggling the pins into the hinges is the first step. Tap it with a nail and hammer when it feels stable enough. Open and close the door several times to check for squeaks.

If the door continues to squeak, use more WD-40. So, remove the pins once more and lubricate them even more. This lubricant is prone to dripping. As a result, if the drips are not controlled, they might stain the door and detract from its beauty. Check for drips and wipe them away with a clean cloth to avoid this problem.

Hammer hitting the pin to reinsert the door hinge

Use steel wool to remove dust and dirt

Given that lubricants can’t get rid of rust or dust on hinges, you’ll have to try something else. First, you just need to inspect the hinges and see whether or not they are covered in grease or grime. If that’s the case, steel wool is your best bet.

Step 1: Remove and scrub hinge pins

Keep the door firmly on the wall after removing the pins. The pins should then be placed over the sink. To clean the pins, keep a steel wool pad on hand. Scrub any dirt, rust, or paint away with the steel wool in small circular motions.

However, keep in mind that ultra-fine steel wool will be required to remedy a squeaky hinge that is rusted or unclean. Add some diluted home cleaner to the pad to make it completely clean. The dirt will then come off easily thanks to this solvent.

Step 2: Lubricate the hinge pins

Your pins should be clean at this point. So, you can coat them using melted wax or oil. Dish soap or grease might also be used. Replace the pins in the hinge and test the door for squeaks after coating them. Wipe away any remaining oil, soap, or grease.

Use Vaseline to fix squeaky door hinges

Another simple fix for noisy hinges is to apply Vaseline. Vaseline isn’t only handy when it comes to removing stains from wood. It is one of the cheapest ways to deal with annoying noise. Rub the mixture into the pins, and open and close the door to hear whether there is any noise. 

Fix squeaky door hinges with bar soap

Another good technique for dealing with squeaks from doors is soap. Glycerine-containing soaps should be avoided when using this method. The reason behind this is that these soaps attract moisture and cause the hinge to rust. 

The hinge will deteriorate over time, making it harder to open the door. Soap the hinges and rub them down. Your hinges will have less friction by now and will be quieter once you are done with this.

Use hairspray to fix door hinges

Hairspray can be used as a quick fix to stop a squeaky hinge easily. It has polymers in it that form a seal around them, preventing them from loosening and creaking. Spray the squealing hinge a couple of times, then open and close the door to spread the hairspray everywhere.

You can catch any spills by using a paper towel or a rag. Hairspray should work in the short term, but for a lasting remedy, check out our other options listed above. 

Hand opening a white door

Knowing how to repair squeaky hinges is a valuable skill for any homeowner. Aside from replacing your old or new hinges that are groaning or squeaking, learning and applying one of the methods listed above can and will save you money as you won’t have to call a professional!

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