Cleaning Butt Hinges
With continual use and a build up of general dust and dirt, you might want to give your door furniture a Spring clean.
Follow this simple step-by-step guide:
- Remove the hinges from the doors or cabinet. You'll need to do this by removing the screws first.
- Mix a bowl of warm water with some washing up liquid until the water is soapy, then soak the hinges for approximately 30 minutes. Ensure each hinge is below the surface level, allowing them to soak fully.
- After the half an hour of soaking, dip an old toothbrush, preferably an electric one, into the solution and scrub vigorously. An electric toothbrush is recommended purely because the spinning motion will loosen the dirt and grime from any crevices. If you don't have an electric brush, then a normal brush is fine. You'll just need to do more work in scrubbing yourself!
- Rinse the brush under the tap regularly to remove dirt from its end.
- If the hinges are sticky, then clean them with a paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to your brush and scrub the hinges. When finished, ensure that you rinse the hinges thoroughly to remove any leftover traces of baking soda.
- Dry the hinges with a soft, dry cloth after you finish scrubbing. If they are rusty, gently rub sandpaper against the rusty areas of each hinge. Wipe the hinges clean after removing the rust.
- Use a rust inhibitor on the surface of each hinge to protect it against further rusting. We recommend using a UK company named rustbullet. Allow the inhibitor to dry before placing the hinge back onto the door.
- Finally, refix the hinges.
If your hinges are chrome you can clean them with white vinegar. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and scrub the hinges with a brush. Rinse them off and polish to shine.