5 Ways To Fix A Squeaky Door

(That actually work!)

It happens to everyone – one day you hear it, and suddenly it’s all you can focus on. That familiar, irritating squeak that can only come from a door struggling with its hinges as the family runs back and forth through each room. Opening, closing; squeak, squeak. It can be enough to drive you up the wall or considering tearing it from its hinges, especially if your doors are prone to opening on their own with a draft! 

Luckily for us, there are some simple solutions to the most common door squeaking issues that can be quickly discovered and fixed. Locate the possible issue, troubleshoot with our guide, and get a handle back on your life without the distractions.

1. Lubricating The Hinges

The first point of call for any squeaky door problem solving should be to check if the hinges need a bit of TLC. Like any metal pieces, they can grow to become a little stiff and unwilling to budge over time. Most metals will easily slide together, but for this reason or that, door hinges can become rougher and less able to fulfil their purpose. The ideal way to work around this is to provide a layer of a lubricant to the hinges to make them more slippery and give them just the right amount of slide to avoid any squeaks.

Our tool of choice for the job is WD-40, and there is always room for this in anybody’s toolbox. There is no other lubricant better suited for the job, and it is ideal for a number of different situations. (Trust us and others in the industry, there’s almost nothing WD-40 can’t help fix.) This oil forms a protective layer on metal that assists not only with fixing a squeak, it also has properties that remove corrosion and dirt. When in doubt, reach for the WD-40.

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Never use cooking oil to lubricate your door hinges; this is not suitable for metalwork and will not solve the issue. If you are in a pinch and need to fix a squeak quick, Vaseline can be a suitable alternative to WD-40. It will begin to wear away faster than WD-40, so use this only as a quick and cheap alternative.

2. Check The Frame

Something that can be missed when checking for sources of a squeaking door can be the frame itself coming into play. If the hinges have moved at all, or the door has started to come away from the frame, it could be starting to rub against the frame in a way that means that the wood is causing the squeaks itself. Check around the perimeter of the door for any off-measurements or areas you can see the door and frame colliding. A quick nudge of the door open and closed to see if there is collision may help to show if this is the issue.

If it is, you should carefully balance the door back into position. You may need somebody to help you by holding the door upright while you adjust the hinges or, if necessary, replace them. Check also that it is not damage to the outer edge of the door that is causing the collision. You may have to sand the area down or look for a replacement!

3. Adjust Door Hinges

With how often we use our internal doors, it’s only a matter of time before the hinges begin to wear themselves down and fail in their original job. What you may have to do is dismantle the hinges in order to either replace them or better secure them to the door and frame. Check both the screws holding the hinges to the door for any loosening and the hinge pin itself to see if they have somebody become dislodged over time. Either of these moving around can be an easy fix with the correct tools available.

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As with any job, if you feel underqualified to fix anything in your home – even door hinges – call in an expert. If you are renting your property, check with your landlord what you can do within the terms of your rental agreement.

4. Clean The Hinges

Over time, a build-up of rust and dirt can be the prime suspect in a squeaking door issue. To solve this, you will have to invest time in cleaning the hinges properly to ensure that they are returned to their original, out-of-the-box condition. Anything that works its way into the hinges can corrode the metal over time, often resulting in that ‘gunk’ you often see around hinges or other metals. A little bit of spring (well, hinge!) cleaning never hurts for long-term maintenance too.

The easiest way to clean the door hinges is to remove the hinge pins, the likely main source of the squeaking. Due to how often they move, a build-up of dirt and rust can happen even with good housekeeping. Removing the pins, use any good household cleaning products that are safe for use with metal. We would recommend steel wool for build-ups of rust or other corrosive material and good-quality grease removal sprays. If you are taking apart the entire hinge for a more thorough clean, ensure that you have help to keep your doors from damage to themselves or you.

5. Regular Maintenance

Future issues with squeaking doors can be avoided with the right maintenance. Issues with dirt and grime building up can happen without us noticing, as can hinges growing looser or rusting with time.

During your regular house check-ups, pay a quick glance to the doors. They may not be squeaking now, but they could be on their way to it if you are not keeping an eye on them for any signs of deterioration.

Tighten up any loose screws or pins to keep the hinges in place and apply a new coat of WD-40 now and then to prevent any corrosion from building up. You’ll be glad you thought ahead!

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