Your keys and locks in your home keep you and your family safe and secure, providing you with a peace of mind when you’re out for a grocery or you are sleeping. You use these things on a regular basis, but the question is: will they last for some time?
Locks and keys will not last long without proper care and maintenance. It is very important to take good care of your locks and keys to prevent them from wearing and tearing and keep them in tip-top condition.
Below we have compiled some tips that will allow you to maintain your keys and locks in good condition. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Clean your keys
It’s very important to keep your keys clean at all times. Unlocking a door with a dirty key will only push the debris and dirt inside the lock mechanism, which is bad for your lock. Dirt, dust, and debris can jam up the locking mechanism, which could damage the insides of your lock.
You want to give your keys a wipe down at least once or twice a year to keep it clean and dirt-free. Also, do your best to avoid storing your keys at the bottom of your bag to prevent them from collecting grime and dirt.
Do not force your lock
If you find the lock not turning after inserting the key, try not to force it to turn. Avoid pushing or turning the key too hard as this can break your key as well as bend the metal of the lock. In addition, a bent or damaged key will not perform properly. When the key is stuck or your lock is not working properly or not working completely at all, turn the key as gentle as possible and you should be able to get the key out with little to no damage.
Clean your locks
Dirt, dust, and other particles can cause multiple problems, especially if these things build up inside your lock. It’s crucial to clean the inside your locks regularly if you want it to perform properly. You can do this by using a compressed air through your lock’s keyhole. If you don’t have a compressed air, you can also unlock the cover with tools and use a brush to clean the insides.
The tips above will allow you to make your lock and keys last longer. All you have to do is to give your keys and locks proper and regular maintenance in order for them to last for many years.