There is nothing more annoying than a squeaky door.
Especially when you are trying to keep the noise down.
The old saying goes – ‘The squeaky wheel gets the oil’, yet even though it may be driving us crazy every time we hear it, we tend to put it off or forget about it until we open the door the next day!
The changing seasons here in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, means doors can start squeaking from corrosion of salt water spray.
Squeaky shower screens can squeal due to their humid conditions, poor quality doors can swell when damp or even just some loose screws can make all the difference to the free flow of a door.
So how can we fix those squeaky doors, once and for all? Do we have to replace the door to stop the noise?
The solutions can be simpler than we think; it’s a matter of knowing what to look for. So let’s take you a through a few easy steps to see what we can do to save those annoying doors –
Check Your Shower Door Hinges
The first thing you should do is look at the door hinge and see if this is part of the problem. Make sure all hardware is in place and check for loose screws. Go ahead and tighten any that may be loose and this could help with the problem. You can also clean the hinges with soap and water. Using a small brush, like a toothbrush, is the best way to clean in the small crevices. Once they are clean rinse with water and move on to the next step.
Use a Lubricant
The next step after cleaning the hinges is to lubricate them well. Apply the lubricant completely around the whole hinge. Wipe away any excess and open and close the door several times, this will help the lubricant to spread completely. Your shower door should now operate without any squeaky noises. To keep your hinges from squeaking in the future you should apply a lubricant every few weeks.
What To Do If You’re Doors are Still Squeaking
If the steps above didn’t work for you, you will need to do a more thorough cleaning. Check the entire door frame for any obvious problems with any missing parts. Also, if you find any dirt and built-up grime you can use the same method as stated above, use a toothbrush with mild soap to clean the door frame.
You can also remove built-up corrosion to help aid in fixing your squeaky door. Place a few towels under the door in and outside of the shower door frame. You can then use the shower spray to go over all hinges and areas around it as well. The water pressure from the spray will penetrate inside of the small crevices and loosen up any corrosion.
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