When the weather is wet and cold, door lock cylinders can easily get frozen. The devices of external and car doors are naturally at the highest risk of freezing. The good news is that this type of issue can be effectively prevented with proper winterising. Find out how to do it.
Timing and Preparation
When you get the timing right and rely on effective preparation, you will certainly achieve the best possible results for all home door locks.
Do the work before the weather gets cold - Late October is usually a good time. You can delay the job until the beginning of November, but further delay is certainly not a good idea.
Get all tools and materials ready - You will benefit from using a handheld vacuum cleaner. You will need several pieces of microfiber cloth plus a little bit of household detergent and lubricant suitable for exterior locks including patio door locks. Both graphite and silicone-based lubricants do a good job. It is a good idea to check what the manufacturers of the devices in your house recommend. The product must come with long and thin application nozzle.
It is easy to winterise door locksets of all types and sizes when you follow the instructions provided below.
Clean the lock with the vacuum and then with the detergent solution - You should use the thinnest possible vacuum attachment and point it right over the cylinder so that you can extract any dust from there. The lock edges require vacuuming as well. Dissolve a small amount of the detergent into lukewarm water, dip a piece of cloth in it and wipe the lock clean. For greasy spots, you should try lemon juice. Distilled vinegar helps to remove rust spots.
Apply a generous amount of lubricant and wipe the excess out - You have to point the applicator into the hole and ensure that the liquid enters it with the maximum possible amount of force. In this way, any dirt stuck inside will be loosened up and come out. You should keep applying lubricant until the liquid which comes out is perfectly clear. Use a piece of cloth to wipe the excess amount while leaving a thin layer over the entire face of the locking device.
With proper cleaning and lubrication, the risk of freezing will be reduced to the possible minimum. Still, you should not push the key too forcefully into the lock during the winter to prevent damage which may pose the need for serious key and lock repair.
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