There are a number of cooking oils that can be used, such as coconut, canola and olive oil, to lubricate hinges. If your door swings relatively easily but still has a tendency to squeak, these methods are effective for curing squeaking. Even though cooking oils can work, they are magnets for grime and dust. This makes them less effective in the long term, compared to the other varieties of lubricant.
2) You need to locate the hinge pin.
Every door hinge comprises of a hinge and a pin which serves the purpose of holding the two hinge components together and securing the door with the wall. Find the cylindrical pin that is located between the two plates of the hinge. This pin is responsible for keeping the plates together. You have to remove the pin in order to effectively lubricate the hinge.
3) Now you need to remove the pin.
First, open the door and then proceed to pull the pin out. In some cases it may be possible to use your hands to do it, but more than often you’ll find that you will need a tool to do it. Take a pair of pliers, grip the pin and rotate it counterclockwise gradually to pull it out. It is possible that the hinge pin may have accumulated a lot of rust which would make it difficult to move. If you have to struggle, use a hammer and screwdriver along with some WD-40®
to loosen the pin up.
4) You now need to clean the pin up and coat it with the lubricant that you have chosen.
Once you have removed the pin, use a paper towel or any rag to clean the grime and grease from the plates and the pin. If there is rust, you can also use sandpaper for maximum effectiveness. Once you have cleaned up the pin and plates, coat them with the lubricant.
5) Now you need to reassemble the hinge.
Put the pin back into its space and make sure that it is properly secured.