The door locks are among the most frequently used devices in homes and office buildings. They are exposed to considerable wear and tear, to the adverse environmental effects and to dust and dirt. In order for them to remain in good condition for longer, they have to be cleaned regularly, preferably once or twice a year. This will help to prevent premature lock replacement. Find out how to clean these devices effectively.
Prepare the Cleaners and Tools
When you are fully ready for cleaning the door lockset you will complete the task more quickly and without hassle.
Choose cleaners for dirt, grease and rust removal - It is best to use household liquid detergent for dealing with dirt. While lemon juice will remove small and thin accumulations of grease, you should consider using a solvent for traces of glue, for instance. Opt for the mildest solvent like white spirits. You can boil some vinegar and cool it to use it as rust remover. If you need a more potent commercial product, you have to opt for the mildest one.
Get effective and safe tools - This is essential for avoiding accidental damage and the need for urgent door lock repair. You can use a handheld vacuum cleaner for dust removal. You will need a soft sponge for cleaning. Microfiber cloth is suitable for cleaner application. For reaching crevices, however, you can use soft-bristle brush.
Follow a Strict Cleaning Routine
You have to clean all components of the device including the strike plate.
Use the vacuum to remove dust - You should use the thinnest attachment and point it directly at the keyhole and the door lock cylinder. You have to vacuum the visible sections of the mortise and the strike plate as well. Wipe any excess dust with soft dry cloth.
Apply the dissolved detergent with the sponge and rinse the lock - You should dissolve a teaspoon of the product into a glass of lukewarm water. Rub the metal surface with the sponge gently. Provide rinsing with clean water and the same sponge. Dry the surface completely with a piece of cloth.
Apply the solvent and rust remover to the problem spots - You can use the brush or a piece of cloth, depending on the surface. If you use commercial products, you should follow the specific instructions of the manufacturer. Generally, you should let the liquid solvent and rust remover stay on the surface for a sufficiently long time to work. Wipe the lock clean afterwards.
Use this cleaning method for all locks including patio door locks.