How to make doors stop squeaking

05 May 2021
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Ever heard that squeak, squeak in your house? We’re not talking about a mouse – but the irritating noise coming from your doors.

There are plenty of horror movies featuring squeaky doors, but there’s no place for them in your own home.

Don’t despair, there are a few tried and tested remedies to prevent your squeaky doors from emitting that horrible noise. It’s easy to stop that peep coming from the squeak!

Eradicate that squeak

The squeaking occurs because of the rubbing of the hinges. The oil or lubricant used when the door was first manufactured and installed starts to wear off.

A build-up of dirt and dust can escalate the problem. The rubbing of metal on metal causes an unpleasant sound, but the squeak can be easily eradicated using a variety of materials found in your own home.

Scrub it away with soap

Some people swear by a traditional bar of soap. The soap contains palm and coconut – two ingredients guaranteed to ease the squeaking sound.

Rub the soap into the hinges. For best results, use an organic, natural bar of soap because it will have a higher fat quantity. Don’t believe this hack? If you’re a history buff, you’ll know that soap was used on the axles of chariots circa 13th century BC.

Rub in some vegetable or olive oil

Another option is to use edible oils found in your kitchen pantry – either vegetable or olive oil. To complete the task with minimum mess, use a pipette so that the oil drops will fall directly onto the hinges. If you don’t have a pipette, try using a rag smothered in the oil.

Spray away with hairspray

It’s used to smooth uncontrollable hair or to set styled hair in place, but did you know that hairspray is the perfect choice to put an end to squeaky door hinges? The polymers within hairspray provide structural support to hair and are the magic ingredient to stop the squeak on your doors.

For maximum effect try extra strong hairspray and spray it directly on the hinges.To work the hairspray in – open and close the door a few times.

Spread some talcum powder

Talcum powder or baby powder is not just great on squeaky hinges, but just as effective on creaky floorboards. Use an old toothbrush to work the powder into the crevices of the hinges.

Petroleum jelly

If you have ever had chapped lips, you’ve probably reached for some petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is perfect for soothing dry lips because of its oily properties. To use it on your doors, spread some on your fingers and rub it into the hinges.

WD-40

We’ve saved the best (and maybe the most sensible suggestion) for last. WD-40 can be found in most workshops, as well as your local DIY store. The thin petroleum-based liquid can be applied directly to the area using the can to give the hinges the lubrication they require.

If you’ve got squeaky doors or doors that look outdated, why not pay a visit to Door Stop? We supply and fit high-quality internal and external doors such as pivot doors, French doors, and entrance doors to Perth and the surrounding suburbs. We offer an outstanding service at an affordable price, so give us a ring to find out more.

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