How To Clean and Lubricate Locks

By Robert Robillard on How To

How To Clean and Lubricate Locks

Caring For Your Locks

As a remodeling contractor I use a lot of padlocks and locking devices to protect my tools, equipment and other job related investments.

Over time, dust, particles and chemicals in the environment get into the inner lock mechanism and create friction inside the lock components. When this happens not only does locking or unlocking become hampered but eventually the lock can seize causing a frozen lock or broken key. Locks used in extremely dusty environments should be cleaned and lubricated every three months

Using the WRONG Oil Impedes Lock Performance

Keeping your locks clean and lubricated is the key to avoiding poor lock performance. Using the WRONG oil actually impedes lock performance.

One problem that I’ve learned along the way is what cleaner and lubricant to use as well as NOT use. For years I would squirt motor oil into my locks only to learn that I was making them worse. Oil based lubricants, silicone, and greasy lubricants attract dust particles and dirt, which will start layering on the lock mechanism and cause sluggish performance. Dry graphite can also interfere with internal lock and clog up the lock mechanism.

How To Clean and Lubricate Locks

Regular cleaning and 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube

Regular cleaning and lubrication every 3-6 months is recommended to keep your locks operating like new and will also help prevent freezing in cold weather.

  1. To keep you locks well maintained follow these steps:
  2. Clean the lock, use pressurized air to blow all dust out of the keyway and shackle openings.
  3. Use a spay cleaner like carburetor cleaner, Gun Scrubber or WD40 to clean out the lock cylinder and shackle opening
  4. Lubricate your lock keyhole and shackle opening with 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube. Let lube penetrate deep into locking mechanism
  5. Work the lubricant in by sliding the key in and out, open and close the lock multiple times to distribute the lubricant.
  6. Wipe excess lubricant off the lock, shackle and key.
  7. Let the lock air dry.

Use 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube is:

I’ve used 3-IN-ONE products my entire life and career as a remodeler and contractor.

3-IN-ONE Lube comes in a 2.5-ounce aerosol spray can with an applicator tube, so it easily fits in small spaces like my toolbox. The applicator tube is ideal for inserting into key holes and shackle openings. Removing the applicator tube gives users a wider application 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube pray to cover larger areas like strike latches, deadbolts and larger locking mechanisms.

Its chemical properties leaves a long-lasting, corrosion protection film to lubricate and protect lock components. The lubricant applies clear and does not attract dirt. It is also safe to use on metal, wood and most plastics, except clear poly-carbonate and polystyrene.

Lube Your Locks Right!  

Just taking a few simple steps and using 3-in-One Lock Dry Lube protect your locks from corrosion without attracting the dirt and debris.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. Invite code: x22r2

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