Maintaining your locks /Local/EE/Images/Hand_524x224.jpg Just like any other piece of equipment, your locks must be maintained to ensure proper function. Here are some tips to extend the lifespan of your locks. Lock housings/espagnolettesLubricate twice a year. Your retailer can recommend the right type of lubricant. Note that you should not lubricate the tumbler lock. Also ensure that all screws are fully tightened. CylindersLubricate the lock cylinder at the same times. Use lock spray, not oil or grease. Locks that are used very frequently or are extremely exposed to the weather should be lubricated more often. We recommend always lubricating just before the onset of winter. This prevents condensation and freezing. Examine keys that are used extensively. They wear out and do not work as well, so they need to be replaced regularly. HingesThe need for maintenance varies with the frequency of use, weight load and environment. Check the function of the hinges, lubricate, and tighten screws at least once a year. Loose screws make the door swing crookedly, increase wear and make it easier to break in.When hinges are used, they develop a coating of black dust. Regular maintenance and lubrication is the best way to prevent this coating from occurring. Your retailer knows the best lubricant for your hinges. PadlocksPadlocks, especially ones used outdoors, should be lubricated at least twice a year. Apply a light lubricant in the lock and keyhole, but avoid lubricants containing graphite.