Key in, turn, pull door, slam door, turn the key again, key out. This is probably one of the most repetitive action we do every day, especially so in a commercial set up. At one point, a repetitive action becomes so accustomed to our nature, that it starts becoming more of a reflex reaction. The disadvantage of this is, a reflex reaction is more of involuntary. At one time you may insert the key wrongly, or turn it a little too far. Other times, you may slam the door a little too hard as you rush to a meeting two floors above. Eventually, your door locks suffer considerable wear and tear, which in turn, compromises its performance. There are ways to maintain and care for your commercial door locks, and we’ll show you how.
Cleaning locks regularly is a door lock best maintenance practice. New door locks are sufficiently lubricated. However, over time, dirt and dust collect over the lubrication on the locks. This compromises the ease of movement of the levers and turn wheels inside. As a result, the lock gets jammed. A simple way to remove accumulated debris would be to insert a thin wire into the lock and dislodge any debris. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe off the grime. Cleaning the locks should be followed by applying lubrication around the keyhole and the latch. We advise using silicone lubricants and any other non-petroleum-based lubricants. Petroleum-based ones tend to attract dirt faster.
As you clean and lubricate, you should be on the lookout for worn out locks. For a good use of your time and cash, you can make it a habit to conduct an annual audit of the state of all locks in the building so that when you hire Winnipeg commercial locksmiths, they’ll replace all the worn-out locks at one instance.
Replacing keys is a mandatory maintenance practice when dealing with commercial doors. Locks come with x number of keys for two reasons. First, keys are small which makes them easy to misplace. Second, keys normally have a shorter lifespan compared to the lock. They, therefore, need replacement after a couple of years. If you do not have a spare key, have two made from your local hardware store.
You should also check the door alignment regularly. A lock will only work well if all its parts, including the entire door, are correctly aligned. The occasional banging that doors endure may loosen up a screw or misalign the latch. To minimize the chance of lock malfunction, contact professional locksmiths so they can set up the correct door swing.
Many people report broken keys and springs during winter. In the instance your door lock freezes up, refrain from jamming the key in. Instead, use lock de-icer. You can always buy a commercial lock de-icer from your local store. If you don’t have a deicer, put some water to boil and dip your key in. Wait until it gets hot enough then use a pair of mittens or tongs to insert the key into the frozen key-hole. Be keen to place the hotkey in gently, progressively inserting it as the ice melts. Locks require professional attention, more so in a commercial setup.