Mothers use rocking chairs to soothe babies, and families use rocking chairs on the front porch to enjoy time outside. Upholstered rocking chairs in the living room are comfortable seats for relaxing after work or reading the newspaper. People fall in love with their rocking chairs, caring for them meticulously and often passing them down through their families. When rocking chairs squeak, fixing the problem is usually quite simple and can be done using products that you would normally have handy in the home.
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Many times, a little oil in the right place will stop any noise. Dab olive oil onto joints or springs with a paintbrush or tissue. Spray cooking oil spray or WD-40 into dry joints or on metal parts. Rub furniture oil into wood rocking chair parts that are squeaking.
Try some expanding wood glue in rails and rocking parts of wooden rocking chairs that are squeaking. Take the chair parts apart to apply glue, if possible, or dab glue into joints and gently tap them with a rubber mallet to tighten them.
Rubbing a thin slice of plain white bar soap onto metal springs and rods or into wooden chair joints will eliminate friction from rubbing. Candle wax rubbed onto squeaky parts will stop the noise as well.
Talcum Powder or Cornstarch
You can also try talcum powder or cornstarch to silence a rocking chair squeak. Dust the powder into joints and springs and coat rods and any other moving parts to stop noisy rubbing.
Use vaseline to oil and lubricate squeaky wood and metal parts. Apply with a cotton swab or tissue to wood joints and metal springs and rods. If the squeak is coming from a screw, remove the screw, lightly coat it with vaseline and screw it in tightly. Clear lip balm will work in the same fashion as vaseline.
If you have a squeaking upholstered glider rocker, turn it over and inspect the underside of the chair. Look for missing parts like screws, springs or rods that may need to be replaced. Look for anything that may have got under the chair and stuck in moving parts, getting in the way of normal rocking operation and causing noise. Do the same with wooden rocking chairs, turning them over and inspecting all joints and parts for dried or cracked pieces, loose or missing screws, and loose wooden parts.
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