Commercial Lock Maintenance: Why is it Necessary?

Running a business is hard.  There’s payroll to run, bills to pay, stock to maintain, and sooo much more!  Who has time to think about something as minor as checking a door that is hanging open just bit, but still locks just fine? Or maybe that lock that is a little finicky, but you can still get open with a key?  That is, of course, until it all stops working.  Then, it’s a time-consuming, and frequently expensive repair.

Lock cleaning and rekey, Lazy Dog in Montclair

Maintaining commercial locks is essential to ensure the security and safety of your business premises.  Here are some tips for maintaining commercial locks:

  1. Schedule Routine Inspections: Establish a maintenance schedule and have a professional commercial locksmith inspect your commercial locks regularly. We offer annual, quarterly, and even monthly maintenance services, and can identify any potential issues and perform necessary repairs or adjustments.
  2. Lubricate Locks: Apply a lubricant recommended by the lock manufacturer to the keyway and other moving parts of the lock. This prevents friction and ensures smooth operation. However, avoid mixing dry and wet lubricants as they can gum up locks.  We suggest using Houdini for both cleaning and lubricating locks.

    Cleaning and lubricating lock in medical office in Upland
  3. Clean the Locks: Periodically clean the locks to remove dirt, dust, and grime. Use a soft brush or compressed air to clean the internal components without damaging the lock’s delicate parts.  This can be tricky, and if you have any concerns about doing so, calling a locksmith is your best option.
  4. Check Alignment: Verify that the locks are properly aligned with the strike plates. Misalignment can cause difficulties in locking and unlocking the doors, leading to premature wear of the lock.

    Old and new pivot point, UPS Upland
  5. Replace Worn or Damaged Parts: If you notice any signs of major wear or damage on the locks, such as bent keys or loose components, replace them immediately to avoid potential broken keys or door failure.
  6. Rekey or Replace Locks When Necessary: If there is a change in personnel or you suspect unauthorized access, consider rekeying or replacing the locks. Rekeying allows you to change the lock’s internal mechanism while keeping the existing hardware.

    Medical Office Rekey, Upland
  7. Educate Employees: Train your employees on proper lock usage and security protocols. Avoiding unnecessary force while operating the locks can help extend the life of both lock and key.
  8. Upgrade Locks as Needed: If your business has experienced growth or if your current locks are outdated, consider upgrading to more advanced and secure locking systems. Many large companies will usually replace their locks every 5 years.
  9. Address Issues Promptly: If you encounter any problems with your commercial locks, address them promptly. Delaying maintenance can lead to more significant issues, sometimes very quickly.

    Broken tailpiece at Stonefire Grill, Fountain Valley

Remember that the security of your business is a top priority, and investing in proper lock maintenance is a small price to pay compared to the potential consequences of neglecting it. If you’re uncertain about how to maintain your locks properly, it’s best to consult with a commercial locksmith for expert advice and assistance.





Katz Locksmith is a full-service company that specializes in commercial locksmith work.  We are family and woman-owned, and we’re committed to providing great service!  We service businesses in areas such as Eastvale, Claremont, Corona, Fontana, Glendora, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, and more!  We go into mountain areas such as Mt. Baldy, Crestline, and Big Bear.  For additional information or booking a service call us @ (909) 942-0282.

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Athena Parker