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How to Clean Electronic Locks

07/31/2015 Back To Blog

It is true that electronic locks are more advanced and usually more secure compared to their traditional counterparts. However, they are exposed to the same kinds of threats no matter whether they are used on exterior or interior doors. They get a good amount of dust and of dirt too especially with frequent daily use. That is why they must be cleaned regularly. Learn how to perform this important task correctly.How to Clean Electronic Locks

Dust Removal


Get a can of compressed air - This is the only material that you will need for dust removal. It is effective for all types of keypads and for computer keyboards too.

Apply the compressed air from the side of the device for keyless entry - Point the nozzle to the side of each button. Do not insert it into the gap between the button and the panel. Press the can tip and move the nozzle slowly around the button. Repeat the steps for all buttons of the keypad. You can use the same method for removing dust stuck around the cylinder of the locking device, if there is one.

Use a cotton swab to remove any dust left on the panel around the buttons - Work very carefully so as to avoid pushing dirt back into the gaps. Then you can use dry microfiber cloth to remove dust from the rest of the door lockset.

Dirt Removal

Get safe metal liquid cleaner - You can readily use lemon juice instead. This home solution is completely safe and effective against sticky dirt and mild traces of rust.

Apply only a few drops of the cleaner to a piece of microfiber cloth - This is essential for preventing liquid from getting inside the locking device. As you certainly know, even a small amount of it can cause damage to the internal electronic components of electric and solenoid locks. Test the cloth by squeezing it before you use it for the cleaning job.

Hold the cloth so that the dampened tip is as thin as possible and clean the entire metal surface starting from the area around the buttons - Rub more stubborn dirt spots with greater precision and with applying a bit of extra effort. If necessary, add a few extra drops of the cleaner. You must not use any abrasive products or tools.

Remember to clean combination locks at least once a year. If they are exposed to greater amounts of dust or used very extensively, you should do this every six months.

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