It is normal for external and internal door locks to be used many times a day by a considerable number of people. This is true for both offices and homes. Unfortunately, not everyone uses them with clean hands. This results in the formation of oily film especially over the handles or knobs. There are also cases in which grease is transferred directly from other sources. Find out how to get rid of this unpleasant problem effectively.
Use liquid detergent for removing a thin layer of oil or a few oily spots - Dissolve a teaspoon of the compound into a bowl of water and stir well. Then dip a piece of soft lint-free cloth into the solution just a little bit. Rub the surface gently until the oil is gone. Rinse the cloth fully and use it for removing any trace of the detergent from the door lockset. Use another piece of cloth for complete hand drying.
Apply lemon juice with the use of soft cloth - Squeeze a few drops directly on the cloth and rub the greasy spots until they are gone. Clean the entire surface of the device with the lemon juice for getting great shine. There is no need for rinsing or drying. This technique works for thicker and more stubborn oily spots.
Get white spirits to remove thick sticky grease - This is the mildest of solvents and therefore the safest for all traditional mortice locks. It will remove even the most stubborn grease.
Put protective gear on - The list includes safety goggles and gloves. These are essential for protecting your eyes and skin respectively. You can wear a protective mask as well if you are sensitive to the smell.
Pour a small amount of the solvent onto dry soft cloth - It is crucial for the liquid not to drip as in this way it can easily get into the door lock cylinder and cause internal damage. Press the cloth against the grease spot for a few seconds to let the solvent penetrate it fully. Then use rubbing motion to remove the loose grease. Repeat the entire process as many times as necessary until the surface is perfectly grease-free. Change the side of the cloth that you use every time for best result
Wipe the surface clean - Dampen a clean piece of cloth in cool water and use it with care. Then use a dry one for blotting any traces of water.
With proper cleaning and care, you do not have to worry about getting your lock repaired every couple of months.