Preventing Keys from Breaking08/08/2015 Back To Blog
Many people end up needing broken key extraction after they have attempted to lock or unlock a door. The blade or a portion of it remains inside the keyway while the rest stays in your hand. You can readily avoid this unpleasant situation with a set of simple measures. Find out what they are.
Proper Operation and Maintenance
It all begins with the correct use of keys. When this is done, the risk of breakage and key and lock repair will be much lower. The item must be inserted carefully and without the use of force into the keyhole. If you feel any resistance, you must stop and confirm that you are using the right one. If the resistance continues, the locking device must be checked and fixed.
Once the key is properly inserted you need to turn it into the required direction. You can do this by pushing it slightly forward while making the turning motion. You must never apply pressure to the side of the bow during turning. This poses a great risk of snapping. Again, if you feel resistance, you should get the door lockset inspected and repaired.
The greatest risk of breakage occurs when you use the key as a handle. After the door is unlocked, you must take the handle or knob and use it to push the door open. If you use the key for the purpose, it can easily get broken. In fact, the use of the item as a handle is one of the primary causes of broken car keys as well as ones for homes as offices. With just a little bit of extra care and without rushing things, you can spare yourself a lot of hassle.
It is equally important for keys to be maintained in optimal condition. You should inspect them thoroughly for wear and tear and blade bending, in particular, at least once a year. The cuts are most likely to wear over time. In case any of these problems exists, timely key replacement is essential for avoiding trouble. Rust, on the other hand, can be removed by placing the affected items in boiled white vinegar after it has cooled down a bit. Stubborn grease spots can be removed with mild solvent like white spirits.
The preventive measures are simple and easy to apply for any property owner. As long as you use them correctly, you will enjoy quick access to your home, office and car and optimal security too.