It’s late at night and you’re watching a scary movie when suddenly, out of the blue, you hear the long drawn out squeal of a door moving on rusted hinges. Don’t know about you but that particular set of circumstances makes me jump just thinking about it! That is just one of the many ways in which door creaks and squeaks and can be a nuisance. Thankfully it is a nuisance that you can quickly get rid of. Read on to learn how to stop a squeaky door easily and with the help of WD-40®!
Usually applying a lubricant of choice on the hinges of a door can get rid of that squeak right away. But if that doesn’t do the trick, you can try removing the hinges completely and then either removing rust or covering them with a lubricant of choice.
What to Use to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges
The following is a list of the different lubricants that you can use straight away.
If that doesn’t solve the problem of your squeaky door, it’s time to get to work on removing the hinges and then cleaning them up or covering them with a lubricant. There are three things you can do once you have removed the squeaky hinge of your squeaky door.
Using WD-40 to Lubricate and Stop Squeaky Door Hinges
Using a lubricant such as WD-40® Specialist® Anti-Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant Spray on the squeaky hinges of a door is usually enough to solve the problem. If it hasn’t worked though follow the steps below to learn how to apply oil to the hinge pins to fix your squeaky door.
Firstly, close the door and tap on the end of the hinge pin using a nail and a hammer. Position the nail at the base of the hinge and knock on the tip using the hammer. Once the pin is loose, you can pull it out using the gripping end of the hammer. Remember, once the hinge pins are out, your door is no longer attached to the doorframe. Therefore, for the sake of safety, prop it against the nearest wall so that it doesn’t fall. You may need some help with this!
Secondly, cover the door pins with WD-40®. WD-40 is a great lubricant for squeaky doors. It can also last for a long time on the hinges before it dries out. Spray some onto the hinges and wipe any excess that drips. This will fix your squeaky door hinges!
Next you will need to wiggle the pins back in, and once they are in a position where they aren’t sliding out, use the nail and hammer to knock them completely in place. Try opening and closing the door repeatedly to ensure that there is no more squeaking and that the door is completely secure. If you find that the squeaking has not gone away, you may need to apply more WD-40. Repeat the process of removing the hinges and applying the oil until you have stopped the squeaking door!
Finally, Don’t forget to wipe away excess WD-40! Given that lubricant is a fluid, it is possible that some could have dripped on your door. That can lead to your door getting stained, so use a clean cloth to wipe away that excess lubricant.
How to Stop a Squeaky Door Using Wax
If applying oil didn’t work, wax can also solve the problem of a squeaky door. Follow the steps given below for applying wax.
You can find paraffin wax in candles and in its raw form at a lot of craft stores. Raw wax is usually odourless, white and is available in large slabs or small cubes. If you are buying candles, check to ensure that they are made of paraffin wax. Beeswax is an alternative that can also be used as can old paraffin candles can also be used for lubricating hinge pins.
Melt the wax on a stove or in a microwave
If you own an electric stove, heat the wax over it until it completely melts. Avoid using a gas stove for this, as it is not safe; overheated wax can form vapors which are flammable. If you do not have an electric stove, use your microwave to heat the wax. Do this in segments of 1:30-2:00 minutes to ensure that the wax melts evenly. As an added precaution use a thermometer for measuring the temperature of your wax. The melting point of paraffin wax is approximately 140°C (284°F).
Dip the Squeaky Door pins in the melted wax
Remove the hinge pins in the same way as described above for lubricating them with oil. Applying hot wax is advantageous in that it prevents the accumulation of dust, compared to using oil. While dipping the pins in the wax, ensure that you coat the pin evenly.
Replace the pins back in the hinge
Wait for the wax to cool. That way you can avoid its dripping off the hinge pins. This could take at least 5-10 minutes. Open and close the door several times to ensure that the squeaking is gone.
Apply wax again on the hinge pins until the squeaking is gone
Sometimes one coat of paraffin wax is not adequate. In this scenario keep applying the wax until the sound is gone. The residue of the wax is thinner compared to oil, therefore you don’t have to wipe the excess wax after applying it every time.
How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges By Removing Rust & Grime
You need to remember that oil and wax cannot remove dirt or gunk from hinges. If your squeaky hinge remains squeaky, you need to resort to steel wool. Follow the steps given below for applying steel wool.
1) If the hinge pins are rusty, clean using steel wool
If the squeaky hinge of your door has not been fixed after oiling or waxing, dirty or rusty hinges could be the problem. Lubricants are ineffective against rust, dirt, or grease. Examine the hinges closely. If you see that there is a lot of dirt, rust or grease you need to try cleaning them with steel wool first.
2) Remove the hinge pins
Once you have removed the squeaky hinges using the steps described above, place the pins in a sink. Get a pad of steel wool and keep it close by to start cleaning the pins.
3) Scrub the pins using the steel wool
Steel wool that is extremely fine will be best for cleaning the pins thoroughly. Remove all the rust, dirt, or any paint residues. For removing resistant spots rubbing the pins in circulation motions helps. You can also use a diluted solution of any household cleaner in conjunction with the wool for removing stubborn rust spots.
4) Cover hinge pins with lubricant
After the pins have been cleaned, you need to evenly cover them with melted wax or oil. Even dish soap or grease can do the trick. After that place the hinge pins back using the steps described above. Test the door and remember to wipe away any excess grease or oil.
Hopefully, after using all the methods above, your squeaky hinge and door creaks should be a thing of the past.
There you have it, three different ways to fix a squeaky door! Now in no time at all you will have squeak free doors and clean hinges! There are plenty of other ways WD-40® can be used around the home, including used to remove hard water stains and mirror cleaning!