Ice slippery roads, chilly winds, and a significant lack of mobility are some of the inconveniences brought by the winter season. However, of all the inconveniences the most annoying is either walking to your car in the cold wind on your face to realize your door locks have been frozen shut or arriving home to find yourself stranded outside because your front door lock is inaccessible due to ice. The worst bit of it all is that if you use force to unlock iced up locks, they are more likely to break; consequently, you will be forced to sit in the freezing cold for a long time waiting for a locksmith. Nevertheless, in the instance, you are faced with this predicament time and again here is the best available solution to your iced up locks.
It is common knowledge to warm your lock up in order to thaw the frozen ice. Commonly individuals are reported to use boiling water as it often allows the lock to turn and open. However, this methodology is a short-term solution and highly ineffective as it requires constant heating of the water for it to thaw all the ice on a lock. Additionally, boiling water destroys the lock once the water cools and freezes the lock again. In place of boiling water, it is advisable to use a hand sanitizer. Most hand Sanitizers contains ethanol and isopropanol alcohol as their primary germ-killing formula. These chemical compounds have a lower freezing point as compared to water a factor that allows them to melt the iced moisture in a lock within a short time. In case you do not have a hand sanitizer with you, petroleum jelly works in a similar manner though it takes a slightly longer time.
• The fists step is to cover the key with the hand sanitizer or petroleum jelly before you gently insert the key into the frozen lock. Remember not to apply extreme force to the key as it may break causing you further incontinence.
• As the key makes its way into the lock, gently wiggle it in both an up and down as well as sideways motion. This makes sure that the sanitizer is applied to the entire internal mechanism of the lock. This may take a few minutes.
• Once in place, leave the key in the lock for approximately half a minute before turning it. This allows the ethanol and isopropanol alcohol to work better making the process crisp.
It is after these three simple steps that you may open the door on your car or house with an undamaged, frosts free lock.
In summary, as indicated above, the intention to heat the lock with boiling water may always seem as your get out of jail free card when dealing with frozen locks. However, it only offers you a temporary fix. Using a hand sanitizer or Petroleum jelly offers you the best other alternatives without breaking your key or ruining your lock.