We changed our lock, we put the best one on the market that had different types of security systems in itself and now I feel my business is more secure, but how long will this security last, and how often do I have to maintain my lock to keep it? We know these are your thoughts if you are here, and since it is our duty to give you the information you need, we will guide you through this process that tends to be incredibly underrated.
Like any other type of device we have in our home, our locks, whether electric or common, have different types of devices working inside them that make the end result functional, but even though we would like it to be so, this effect does not last forever and it is very necessary for us to be aware that every now and then we have to give it a little push to make it work properly again or we can be quite harmed. And it is not as difficult as you think, pay attention.
When should a lock be serviced?
We must clarify first of all, that the maintenance of your lock does not come from when this is already presenting failures, on the contrary, we must make the basic and preventive maintenance so that it can remain the same and avoid that at some point it presents some failure.
If your lock unfortunately is already showing little signs of malfunctioning, then we are quite serious and we should start immediately. Otherwise, maintenance can easily be done every five months where you dedicate yourself (if you have the experience, if not call a locksmith) to give it some love and attention from the inside to the outside of the lock net worth.
Lubrication is the key to lock maintenance.
If at the time of turning the key there are complications, either because it does not move correctly or it does not turn at all, lubricating the cylinder is the first step to follow.
Generally the cylinder of the locks are made up of bolts and counter-bolts, these must move freely in order to work properly. If the inside of the lock is well lubricated, these mechanisms will function properly.
To achieve proper lubrication of the keys and the cylinder, specialized products such as graphite powder must be used. Generally, this material is a gray powder that comes in a can with an applicator to facilitate the task. Graphite powder is considered one of the best lock lubricants and can be found in any hardware store.
The graphite powder should be applied through one of the two grooves, either the outer or the inner groove, and it should come out the other side of the groove. By lubricating the cylinder, you are not only improving its performance, but also cleaning the inside of the cylinder, allowing it to be more efficient.
All this process must be done with great care and it is only a light maintenance, to make a deep maintenance of the lock it is better to leave it to a professional who will do it with detail and experience.