How To Fix A Squeaky Door
Ever feel like you are walking through a haunted house as your doors squeak and squeal when you open and close them? Getting rid of those squeaky doors can be a very simple task.
A dirty hinge is most often the cause of a door that squeaks. Hinges squeak when there is friction between the hinge and the hinge pin.
To stop the squeak, clean the hinge. First remove the pin from the hinge by pushing the pin from the bottom up through the top and out of the hinge. After the pin is removed, use steel wool and rub the pin until it is clean. This will remove any dirt or rust which might be causing the squeak. Wipe the pen clean and replace.
Another cleaning source is soap. Bar soap will last longer than liquid soap. Take the hinge pin out and rub with a bar of soap. Replace the hinge and open and close the door a couple of times to allow for the soap to spread through the mechanism.
There are several products you can use get rid of the squeak. Aerosol lubricating oil or petroleum jelly such as Vaseline works equally well, but there is a difference. The petroleum jelly, a non-toxic, non-staining lubricant works its way into the hinge and adheres well so it won’t run off and make a mess like oil or other lubricants. Aerosol lubricating oil such as WD 40, is easier to use but it is a liquid and will run down the side of the door if you don’t wipe it right away. After lubricating the hinges, use a paper towel or rag to wipe away grime, oil drips and dust from the hinge area and leave it nice and clean.
If worse comes to worst and you can’t get rid of the squeaky door sound, toss the hinge out and go down to your local hardware store to find a good replacement.