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A doorknob can cause unwanted noises when closing and opening the door. A quiet doorknob won’t cause unwanted noises that could wake up your baby and other family members sleeping next door.
There are different ways you can make your door latch quietly without breaking the bank- in less than $25 and without the need to replace the door latch.
How to Quiet Doorknob in Easy Ways
A squeaky door latch can be a nuisance in any household. Whether you’re trying to sleep, work, or enjoy quiet time alone, you don’t want a person entering the room to cause unwanted distractions.
Luckily there are ways on how you can make your door latch quieter. A noisy doorknob caused by various reasons- however, experiment with several solutions will help reduce noise.
Step1: Lubricate the latch
The noise from your doorknob can be. As a result, dry metals clanking. Alternatively, the door latch could be rusty.
A quick fix to both dry metals and the rusty doorknob is applying a metal lubricant. Our most recommended metal lube is WD-40, which will help you fix the problem.
Spray the lube into the door latch while at the same time turning the handle. The lube should work itself inside the knob.
A spray lube can be applied in areas where your hands cannot reach.
Step2: Disassemble the doorknob
If the step highlighted above doesn’t work, you should disassemble the doorknob for more inspection.
Remove the screw that attaches the knob to the door and take apart the whole thing.
Inspect all the parts and spots and signs of accumulated dust and other debris, which could be causing the noise.
Clean every single piece using baby wipes. You can also use a fresh piece of cloth and then lubricate all the parts.
After the cleaning process, reassemble your doorknob and screw it back to the door. Turn the doorknob and close the door to test for squeakiness.
Step3: Adjust the Metal Plate
The third hack you can try to fix your noisy doorknob is adjusting the metal plate that’s attached to the door frame.
The plate could be improperly placed, causing unwanted noises, especially when opening or closing the door.
Turning the door handle before closing the door can help prevent noises. This is because the door latch won’t slam on the metal plate.
Step4: Rubber or Foam Tape
The noise as a result of opening and closing the door could be as a result of the door slamming against the door frame.
To solve this problem, you can add foam tape or rubber tape around the door frame to help eliminate impact noise dramatically.
The foam tape will create some resistance that will make you close the door slowly without loud bangs.
Step5: Try A Door Silencer
A door silence can help quiet the door latch in any room in your house. Our recommended door silencer is the Latchy Catchy silencer. This is a patented door silencer that allows silent opening and closing doors.
Not only does a door jammer reduce doorknob noises, but it also prevents your kids and pets from accidentally getting locked in or out of a room.
It can be used in different door shapes and sizes, and its thick enough to ensure that the door remains tightly shut.
However, this should be the last resort when everything else we’ve highlighted in this guide fails. A door latch is very cheap and will cost you about $10.
On Quiet Doorknob
Making your doorknob quiet doesn’t have to be a hard or expensive task. It’s something that you can accomplish by yourself in a few hours and will cost you no more than $20.
While all the mentioned hacks above will reduce noise- they won’t make your door close or open 100% quiet.
But one foolproof method is sealing the door frame using foam tape. This method will significantly reduce noise by far than any other method in this guide.
Your best bet would be installing a door silencer and using a foam tape around the door frame to prevent door slam.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.