How to Maintain Keys04/21/2015 Back To Blog
Just like door locksets, keys require maintenance as well. This helps to keep them in proper working condition for longer. When they are in good condition, the risk of lock damage is much lower. Find out how you need to care for these items properly. The following instructions are for all-metal keys.
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You have to evaluate the condition of the keys first to find out whether they can be used with door lock cylinders.
Check for all signs of natural wear and tear and damage - You have to look closely for dullness. Pay special attention to the cuts. Deep scratches, chips and dents are also serious signs of damage that must not be overlooked. Hold the blade in operating position next to a straight edge and confirm that it is parallel to the edge. Watch out for all signs of deformation.
Opt for immediate key repair or replacement - Damaged and deformed keys must not be used as they can cause serious harm to locking devices. They have to be fixed or changed depending on the extent of damage which they have incurred and on their overall condition.
Cleaning and Lubrication
These maintenance tasks contribute to smooth operation and help to delay key replacement.
Clean keys with liquid detergent and a soft sponge - Dissolve a little bit of the detergent into lukewarm water and rub the key vigorously with the sponge. You can use soft-bristle cleaning brush to remove dirt stuck in the grooves. Alternatively, you can wrap a small piece of microfiber cloth around the thinnest screw driver which you can find. Rinse the key with clean water and dry it completely with soft cloth.
Remove grease with lemon juice or white spirits - Let the solution take effect and wipe it gently with microfiber cloth. Generally, you should try with lemon juice first. If it does not work, you can resort to the solvent.
Soak rusty keys in distilled vinegar - Pour a cup of white vinegar into a saucepan and bring it to boil. Let the liquid cool and pour it in a bowl. Place the items inside and let them soak for half an hour. Take them out and wipe any rust remaining on the surface.
Apply graphite for proper lubrication - Use a soft pencil to cover the entire surface of the key with graphite. The specialists of Locksmith Stanwell recommend that you perform this task along with lock lubrication.
Finally, you should remember to keep all of these items on a keychain to avoid dealing with lost keys.