Locks are just like any other piece of hardware around your home: they’re prone to wear and tear and occasional damage. After years of use, they take the brunt of ingoing and outgoing traffic and start to bear the signs. Damaged locks can really compromise the safety of your home and family, so it’s vital that you follow a few easy steps to maintain your locks and keep them in good condition so that they don’t fail you. Here are our 4 tips for lock maintenance:
Keep Them Clean
The single most important thing you can do to maintain the integrity and durability of your locks is to clean them. To clean them like a professional, you’ll need four things: powdered graphite, a lead pencil, wire, and compressed air. First, you should blow a small pinch of graphite into your lock. You can buy graphite powder in almost any hardware store. However, crushed lead can be used instead. Next, after blowing the graphite or lead into the lock, insert a thin wire in order to extract any dust or debris that has accumulated inside. Alternatively, you can use compressed air to clear the lock of debris.
Lubricate Them With the Proper Substances
Most people know to occasionally lubricate their locks. However, they often use the wrong lubricant. It’s important to remember to NEVER spray oil into a lock. It will mix with the grime or dust and make the inside of your lock sticky. Make sure to always use silicone based lubricants and only use a small amount – a little goes a long way! Too much will make your locks greasy and tricky to use.
Tighten Them Up
A malfunctioning lock is commonly due to loose parts within the lock. When they experience excessive use, screws tend to come loose. Take a screwdriver every so often and make sure to tighten things up. However, be careful not to use too much force. Stop tightening as soon as you feel resistance. That way, you won’t cause any damage to your lock.
Keep Up With Repairs
If you want your locks to stay strong, you need to repair them at the very first sign of wear and tear. Don’t wait! Waiting will only make them more and more damaged, maybe to the point where they become beyond repair, at which point you’ll have to pay for an expensive replacement.
Locksmith in LA
If you need help with your locks in the Los Angeles area, give All Keys Locksmith Services a call. Our residential locksmith can come out to your home to install, repair, or replace any lock.