How to Lubricate Door Hinges

No one likes squeaky doors, period. If by any chance you’re a victim of squeeky doors, then this is the perfect how-to guide for you.

1. Purchase a high-quality grease

There are thousands of different lubricants and grease types out there, but we always recommend a PFPE-based grease. This is due to the durability and how well the PFPE products can handle dirt, humidity, and overall ware and tear. A second option is to choose a silicone based grease, which will be slightly cheaper, but not last as long as a PFPE grease. Lastly, we never recommend anyone to use food-grade oils like olive oil, or even coconut oil. The food-grade oils will attract a large amount of dust and in most cases, it’ll cause more harm than good.

2. Remove the hinge pin

The hinge pin is what holds the two parts of the hinge together (it’s the long pin that most likely causes the squeaky sound). Make sure to use pliers to pull the pin out, or a screw driver to lift it up from below. Once the pin is removed, clean it with a solvent if needed and check if it’s uneven or bent. If it’s bent, use a hammer to straighten it, but in most cases, it only needs to be cleaned.

3. Apply the grease

Apply grease to both the pin and every hole of the hinges. And the reason why we only recommend PFPE grease, is due to the big mess other sprays and oils leave behind. With PFPE grease, you don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the surfaces.

4. Test the door and wipe if needed

Once the pin is in place, just go ahead and test the door. Make sure to wipe any excess grease of the hinge, and you should be good to go.