Are you bothered by that squeaky sound your door or window produces everytime you open or close it? At first you were amused by the acoustic similarity it has with some of your favorite horror flicks, but time and again, the squeaking never ends. Rather than irritated, you are a little more freaked out and disturbed. Well, that happens. Because of the ever changing weather and the swift time, of course, door and window hinges tend to rust and accumulate dust, thus, the explanation of the squeaky sound.
Don’t fret just yet! Before you dial the digits of your repairman or before you head down to your DIY hardware store, check out the tips we have listed and solve that sneaky little squeaky problem with solutions that you can just find in the comfort of your own home.
You may want to check out your garage or stock room for an aerosol lubricating oil. By moving the hinges after liberally spraying, you’ll get your desired result almost instantly. The trick here is that you must make sure the oil penetrate to the insides of the hinges. That can be easily done if you use a container with a small nozzle. On the other hand, if aerosol lubricating oil isn’t available, motor oil and/or cooking oil can be used as alternatives. The effect, however, isn’t that long-lasting as the first suggestion. Whichever is available, remember not to overspray, or else you’ll get your doors and windows stained.
Another way you can stop the squeaking is by cleaning the hinges up. We often focus cleaning the shields and glasses. Dust slowly builds up in the little spaces that allow movement. Added with moist produced by the temperature, it gradually develops having rusts. If it is not that rusty yet, it’s better to take the hinge pin for a clean-up. Wire wool and sandpaper are good cleaning options. Also, some unwanted sounds may also be caused by deformed hinge pins. It is possible to straighten bent pins, but if it’s a hopeless case, then maybe it’s time to go to your hardware retailer. By the way, do not force a hinge pin out of the knuckles. You might not just ruin it, but the window or door as well.
Don’t wait for the worst scenario to happen. You must take into regular practice to wipe off oil drips, dust or grime of your house hinges. You may use old clothes, rags or paper towels. Whatever is available, or whichever you feel more comfortable. If you do it regularly, you keep yourself away from time-consuming and pocket-emptying repairs.