How to clean your door locks the right way

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Read on to discover the best way to clean your home, car or office door locks to avoid waiting in the cold with expert tips from expert locksmith Liverpool Services

Cleaning your doors serves a dual purpose. First, it allows your door lock to function as smoothly as was intended by your Liverpool locksmith. Second, proper door lock cleaning is an essential maintenance procedure for elongating the life and condition of your locking mechanism so it can assure your safety and security wherever it is patched up.

But as simple as it can be to pulloffa sparkling clean job, many are the times home, car and office owners fail to clean their locks properly. 

Some quick examples including using hot water to unfreeze and clean frozen locks, using soap and water to remove grime and dirt off a lock’s internal and external surface, and using WD-40 and abrasive products to clean a door lock.

Here are door lock cleaning tips to help you do it like the pros.

1.   Hot Water is A Big No

Using hot or cold water and soap on your metallic door locks, handles, latches, andeven hinges is a recipe for corroded and jammed door locks.

While hot water can defrost a frozen door at the eleventh hour, you can use the next tip to unlock frozen locks without inflicting damage to your lock’s delicate, internal mechanism.

If you must use hot water, read tip No. 4 to avoid inviting a rusty mess to your sensitive entryway. 

2.   Use Hand Sanitizer to Unfreeze that Frozen Door Lock

The chemistry going on here is hand sanitizer comprises of the two alcohols ethanol and isopropanol. The two are not only good for killing germs but also great at lowering the freezing point of water. And it can take up to just 30 seconds to melt the ice off your keyhole and locking mechanism.

Simply wait out for the snappy process to work out before inserting your key and turning it. If you experience any resistance to unlocking, wait up a little bit longer and avoid forcing the key and lock to do your bidding.

A broken key inside your lock is bad news you want to avoid.     

3.   Avoid Petroleum-based Cleaning Products and Use these Instead

While some door lock manufacturers or your locksmith in Liverpool can recommend you only use a dampcloth to wipe out the grime and dirt off your lock, at least once in a year, be sure to thoroughly clean up your locks.

Avoid petroleum products for cleaning and lubricating purposes because they attract and stick grime and dirt. Instead, use graphite (in spray form) and Teflon products. Another option that doesn’t stick dirt includes GT 25 and GT 85 products. 

Find such products at a motorcycle accessories’ store if you can‘t online or at your local hardware. 

4.   How to Clean Real Copper and Unlacquered Brass Door Handles

Mix a tablespoon each of salt, flour, andvinegar in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Rub that onto the brass/copper lock. After a few minutes wait, rub it off with warm soapy water. Then rinse and dry the lock with a soft cloth. Apply a thin coat of car wax to avoid a rusty beat-down by the elements and to maintain the deluxe appeal of copper/brass door furniture.   

5.   How to Clean Pewter Door Handles 

Pewter looks great when well maintained. And here’s how:

Add and mix a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Then add a tablespoon of flour into the mix and paste it. Rub the paste to the pewter lock and let it sit for 15 to 60 minutes before washing it off using clean warm water.

And there you have it. 

Give these tips a try to clean your locks like a pro always.