Because a squeaky rocking chair is usually a sign that something is wrong, having the ability to fix it is beneficial not only to get rid of the annoying sound, but also to prevent the problem from getting worse. By following a few simple steps, you can ensure that your rocking chair, and your home, remain squeak free.
Step 1 - Examine Chair
In order to fix the problem, it is important to examine the rocking chair properly to determine the precise location of the squeak. You will probably have noticed that the chair makes no noise if it is stationary even if someone is sitting in it. This is due to the fact that the squeak comes from parts rubbing together which will only come with movement. To inspect the chair properly, get someone to sit in the chair and rock it whilst you pinpoint exactly where the squeak is coming from. Take care to keep your fingers free of the rocker. Check any horizontal struts, as well as the main dowels of the chair. Make a note of whether the chair is in a certain position when the squeak is heard or whether it occurs when the chair is rocked either forward or backwards.
Step 2 - Tighten Up
Where you find visible parts of the rocking chair have come loose, fix these problems first. Turn the chair over to access the fixtures and fittings properly. At the point where the dowels fit into the rocker or the struts fit into the dowel, apply some wood glue which will expand to take care of the problem if the wood is worn or the dowel is loose. Quickly wipe away any excess that remains to ensure that you do not leave unsightly marks.
Check the fasteners that are holding the chair together and tighten any that may have come loose. If they do not appear to be loose, spray a little lubricating spray on them as well as on any other metal components.
Step 3 - Check the Wood
If there appears to be no reason for the squeak, check whether there is any expansion of the wood itself. This problem may have presented itself by a squeak arising when the rocking chair was in a certain position when it was being tested. If this is the case, spray a small amount of cooking oil onto the relevant area and rub it in with a cloth. Sit in the chair and rock it several times to check whether this has rectified the problem. If not, repeat the process until you no longer hear the squeak.
Check the parts of rocking chair that surround the fasteners to ensure that the wood has not become damaged or split. Where this has occurred, use some wood glue on the damaged area. Be sure to clamp split wood while it dries.
Once the wood is dry and/or the fasteners are tightened, test the chair by rocking it several times (it may still initially squeak). Repeat the relevant process if the squeak remains.