Do You Need To Oil Your Shower Door Hinges?

If your shower door squeaks when you open and close it, it might be loose. Not only are squeaky hinges annoying, but they’re also a safety hazard. Noisy hinges are an indication of dirt build-up, rust, or corrosion, which means your door won’t be able to move freely.

Keep on reading to learn how to fix your troublesome shower door hinges.

The Dangers of Squeaky Shower Door Hinges

If your shower door hinges are loose, then your door won’t be able to latch on properly. Loose shower doors can fall at any minute, and you don’t want to be taking a shower if this happens, especially if your doors are made of glass. A glass door that falls out of your shower can shatter into thousands of pieces in an instant, and these shards and pieces of glass will fly all over your bathroom. You’ll be stuck cleaning broken glass off your floor for days or even weeks, and you and your family run the risk of serious injury.  

Moreover, you’ll be dealing with numerous puddles that will form outside of your shower due to your loose door. You don’t want your bathroom floor to be perpetually wet, as this will increase your risk of slipping when you exit the shower. Slippery floors also lead to mold and mildew growth. 

Fixing Your Shower Door 

Fortunately, there’s hope for your squeaky hinges. Here’s a step-by-step process you can follow to fix them:

Step 1: Run a finger along the loose hinge to be sure it’s tight against the shower door frame. If you notice your screws are loose, use a screwdriver to tighten them carefully. Don’t over-tighten them, as this will strip your screw threads or warp your door hinges. 

Step 2: Open and close your shower door slowly to identify where it’s squeaking. Usually, the squeak comes from the pivot hinge at the top of the door. The weight of your door when you open and close it will cause strain on the upper hinge. 

Step 3: Check the shower door frame, as most of them are made from aluminum. Dirt, grit, and sand can make their way into the space between the frame and the hinge. Gently clean out any grit or debris by scrubbing with a toothbrush. Use liquid soap to clean around the hinges. 

Step 4: Use silicon spray directly on the hinge, as this will displace water and loosen any rust or corrosion on steel pins. Open and close your shower door several times until you can no longer hear the squeak. Mop up any drips of lubricant. 

Step 5: Apply a 3-in-One oil to the hinge and work it carefully. Wipe off any excess oil so it doesn’t create a slick shower floor. 

Contact Murray Glass

Unfortunately, door hinge repairs aren’t permanent because lubrication alone can’t fix the problem. Expect to hear a recurring squeak until you replace your door with a new one. Murray Glass specializes in glass shower door repair and installation, so our experts will be able to stop that stubborn squeak. We’re available 24/7, so schedule your consultation with us today.