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How to unstick a door

So, you’ve got a stubborn door that keeps getting stuck to the door frame, making it very difficult to open. This is the last thing you want to deal with, even more, when you are running late for work or school, but you simply don’t haven’t had the chance to fix it or don’t know how to do it.

You’ve finally taken some time out of your busy schedule to repair your door, so you can stop having to think about it and stumbled upon our blog post. That’s perfect, continue reading to find out how to unstick doors. In case you don’t have time to do it yourself, call the Squad on 0800-0-12-12-12 and we’ll send our London carpenters to unstick your door.

  1. Identify the problem.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the reason why your door is not opening properly before looking into the solution. Closely examine the door to find the problem area.

    • If there is any dirt or grime built-up on the door you might just need to clean it.
    • In case you can hear the hinges squeaking it might mean that they need to be oiled.

The most common reason for doors to stick is actually the weather – there might be an abundance of moisture in the air due to rainfall which can cause wood to swell.

  1. Fixing a swollen door.

If you can easily access the problem area with the door open, you can sand it down using a coarse-grit sandpaper. However, you might have to remove the door from the door frame by removing the hinges, and then sanding the problem area, in case you can’t easily access it.

Once you’ve sanded the door enough so it’s closing and opening smoothly, don’t forget to repair the finish by painting or staining the area to match the rest of the door. Let it fully dry before closing the door.

Don’t have time in your hands to fix your door? At the Handy Squad, we have a team of carpenters in London who will be able to give you a helping hand with any door-related task you might need, from hanging new doors and repairing door frames to planing doors.