March 12th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Homeowner do it yourself

Like other areas of your household, locks can become dirty. When your lock is dirty and filled with gunk, it’s more likely to jam up or even break. Lock maintenance is something you should make part of your routine home-maintenance plan. Try to clean your locks at least twice a year to prevent buildup. Consider timing this process around daylight saving time to help you remember to complete the maintenance. The whole lock-cleaning process will only take you a few minutes, but can help you save on the cost of lock replacement.

Supplies needed:

  1. Lock lubricant
  2. Paper towels or cloth
  3. Plastic or newspaper


  1. Head to your local hardware store to get your lock lubricant. The important thing to look for when choosing a lubricant is to find one that evaporates. Anything that does not evaporate can make your lock dirtier as the liquid will stay in the lock and new dirt will adhere to it. For the most effective lock cleaning, choose a graphite spray. Typically, a good lock cleaner will cost around $5.
  2. Put newspaper or plastic beneath the door lock. This will help to protect the floor.
  3. Spray your locks with the lubricant, which should include a small plastic stem. You can insert this into your lock. Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe away excess dirt that comes out of the lock.
  4. Open your door, put the key in, and turn it so the bolt is out. Spray your bolts and wipe away dirt.

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